The search for missing former King’s School pupil Euan Coulthard has been scaled back but police say they are still hopeful of finding him alive.
Euan, 19, who is studying law in his second year at Durham University, was last seen leaving Loveshack nightclub in the Walkergate area of the city late on Wednesday, January 14.
Earlier in the evening Euan, from Bottesford, had enjoyed a meal with friends at La Spaghettata on Saddler Street before going to Loveshack.
Hours of CCTV footage has been studied and images of a man believed to be Euan show that on leaving Loveshack at around 11.50pm, he made his way towards Claypath and from there through the market place and down Silver Street where he crossed Framwellgate Bridge.
The footage then shows, what is believed to be Euan, heading down the steps adjacent to the Bishop Langley Pub towards the river. This is the last potential sighting of him.
Despite extensive urban and river searches carried out by police, fire crews and mountain and fell rescue, no fresh information has come to light since Euan was reported missing.
Superintendent Colin Williamson, who is leading the investigation, said: “As it currently stands, we have scaled back searches of the river and the river bank, however, we will continue with periodic searches this week as the river ebbs and flows.
“With help from our fire and mountain rescue and fell rescue colleagues, the river has been searched from 300 metres beyond Prebends Bridge back down to Finchale Abbey.
“Certain parts of the river at Chester-le-Street and Washington have also been searched. Despite this, there has been no change in terms of new information coming to light.
“However, we are still hopeful of finding Euan alive and we are still appealing for information, no matter how small it may seem.
“Any information that comes to us will be investigated immediately.”
Anybody with information is asked to call the police on 101.
Euan is a keen sportsman and played cricket for King’s School where headmaster Frank Hedley described him as a “superb student”.
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.”
Over the weekend hundreds of students helped in the search for Euan. His mother Hester said the family were “overhwlemed” by the response to his disappearance.