Libby Squire update: Missing student's parents attend prayer vigil as search continues

Mother of University of Hull philosophy student could be seen hugging police officer

CCTV footage shows moments before Libby Squire was last seen

The parents of missing university student Libby Squire have attended a prayer vigil as the hunt for their daughter goes on.

Ms Squire, 21, has not been seen since she disappeared more than a week ago and Sunday marks 10 days since officers began searching for her.

Lisa Squire, the mother of the University of Hull philosophy student, could be seen hugging a police officer as she left the Hull Community Church after the vigil.

Ms Squire and her husband, Russ, had previously made emotional pleas for information about their daughter’s disappearance.

On Sunday, officers could be seen entering a property on Raglan Street, Hull, where a 24-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday night on suspicion of abducting the missing student.

Police could be seen leaving the property with evidence bags, and they also used a camera to search the drains of the terraced house.

Humberside Police announced on Saturday evening that they had been granted another 24 hours to question the arrested man. The extension allows detectives to quiz the man until 9pm on Sunday.

The search for Ms Squire has seen officers scour gardens and alleyways around her home on Wellesley Avenue, and officers have repeatedly looked around the nearby Oak Road playing fields.

Large digital posters displaying the face of the missing student have also been placed around Hull city centre, and university students have been helping police with their searches.

Detectives have previously said they are continuing to treat her disappearance as a missing persons investigation.

Ms Squire was seen taking a taxi from a nightclub on the evening of Thursday 31 January, according to police.

Officers said that she was dropped off near her home at around 11.29pm, and was then seen near a bench on Beverley Road around 10 minutes later.

It is understood that police are examining CCTV footage, obtained by ITV News, which shows a man getting in and out of a car minutes after the last sighting of the student, who is originally from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire.

In the video, the unidentified man is seen opening the front passenger door and moving around, before getting behind the wheel and driving away at around 12.09am on Friday 1 February.

“We are still treating Libby’s disappearance as a missing persons inquiry. I have said previously that we are keeping an open mind as to her whereabouts and that is still very much the case,” Detective Superintendent Matthew Hutchinson said on Saturday.

“Our number one priority is to find Libby Squire and we are still conducting extensive searches and appealing for any information from the public.”

On Wednesday, Ms Squire’s parents Lisa and Russ issued a statement which said: “We have been overwhelmed with people’s kindness and support and it’s been incredible how all her friends, students at the university, and members of the public have joined together to help us look for her.”

In their statement, the couple said Ms Squire – whose full name is Liberty Anna – has two younger sisters and a younger brother, who all live in High Wycombe.

Additional reporting by Press Association

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