Major search launched for Durham Student

Durham Constabulary have launched a major search following concerns following a student who was last seen in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Luke Pearce aged 19 was reported missing by a member of staff at Durham University yesterday evening. Students raised concerns to staff members at the University.

Luke had been out drinking with his friends in Jimmy Allen’s on Saturday night, he was last seen walking along the river bank in Durham City heading in the direction of Maiden Castle area.

Luke is described as white, 6’ 2” tall with short ginger hair. He was wearing a blue polo shirt, blue jeans and white trainers and may have been wearing a silver chain with a red cross. His friends say this is completely out of character and police have classed his disappearance as high risk.

Police search teams are currently on the riverbanks in the city, river searches are being conducted by Weardale and Teesdale Search and Rescue along with assistance from the Fire Service. The air support unit has also conducted a search of the riverbanks.

Chief Inspector Andy Huddleston, said; “We are very concerned for Luke as this is completely out of character and there has been no trace of him since early hours of Sunday morning. He hasn’t responded to any attempts to contact him and his phone has not been traced.”

“If anyone has seen him or if they saw a young man matching his description in Durham on Saturday night I would ask them to contact us as soon as possible on 101.”