Parents of Libby Squire attend prayer vigil as search for student continues

By Henry Clare, Press Association

The parents of missing university student Libby Squire have attended a prayer vigil, as the search for their daughter continues.

Miss Squire, 21, has not been seen since vanishing more than a week ago, and Sunday marks 10 days since officers started looking 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 following the vigil.

Parents Russ and Lisa Squire outside Hull Community Church (Danny Lawson/PA)

Mrs 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.

Police officers search a property on Raglan Street in Hull (Danny Lawson/PA)

On Sunday night, Humberside Police explained that the man “remains under investigation”.

The force said: “Our priority remains to find Libby and support her family at this incredibly distressing time.”

The search for Miss 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 assisting police with their searches.

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

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

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.

Missing student Libby Squire (Humberside Police/PA)

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 February 1.

Detective Superintendent Matthew Hutchinson said on Saturday: “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.

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