Staff at the King’s School in Grantham are said to be anxious and shocked by the disappearance of past pupil Euan Coulthard in Durham.
University student Euan, 19, disappeared on Thursday morning after a night out in the city where he studies law at St Mary’s College. Police have been conducting searches in the city and the River Wear after he was last seen on CCTV crossing the pedestrian Framwellgate Bridge alone. Police have established that his mobile phone powered down several minutes later.
King’s School headmaster Frank Hedley described Euan, from Bottesford, as a “superb” student. He said Euan, who left the school two years ago, was very committed to his studies.
Mr Hedley, who was born and brought up in the Durham area, said: “He is very level-headed and mature and he got on extremely well with the other students. He loved his sport, particularly cricket, and played for our first eleven. We were not surprised to see him get a place at Durham.”
He added: “This is an incredibly sad time and very anxious for the family. I have spoken to the staff. They are really shocked and I think it would be fair to say surprised. It’s not the sort of thing we would expect to happen to him. He is such a level-headed boy and extremely mature. We just hope and pray for a good outcome.”
Mr Hedley said Euan had been made an associate head boy in a year group that was very close-knit. He was also vice-captain of the school cricket team.
On Saturday around 100 fellow students continued to work alongside professional rescue teams as searchers began to scour the River Wear. Euan is 5ft 9in, of average build, with light brown hair, which is short on the sides and longer on the top. When last seen he was wearing black skinny jeans, a denim jacket and a beige patterned shirt.
He’d been out celebrating a friend’s 21st birthday at an Italian restaurant, and went on to the Love Shack nightclub.
Hours of CCTV footage has been studied and images of a man believed to be Euan have indicated that on leaving Love Shack at around 11.50pm, Euan made his way towards Claypath and from there through the market place and down Saddler Street where he crossed Framwellgate Bridge. The footage then shows the man believed to be Euan heading down the steps adjacent to the Bishop Langley Pub towards the river. This is the last potential sighting of Euan.
Superintendent Colin Williamson, who is leading the search, said today: “Extensive search activity has been carried out over the weekend and the investigation to find Euan is very much ongoing. We have been working closely with our colleagues at fire and rescue and mountain and fell rescue to find Euan.”
He added: “We are also working closely with Durham University and would like to thank the students who have assisted in the search so far. My team will continue to follow up on any new information we receive and with this in mind I would urge anyone with information to contact police on 101.”