Police divers scour river after missing student, 18, is last seen more than a week ago near suspension bridge
- Emmanuel Chikwa, 18, spotted on CCTV at 2.44am on March 28 near a bridge
- This was after the University of Chester student went missing on March 27
- Over a week later police divers search around the river and bridge in Chester
Police divers have been scouring a river after a missing student was last seen more than a week ago near a suspension bridge.
An underwater search team has been scouring around the river after Emmanuel Chikwa, missing for more than a week, was spotted on CCTV walking near a suspension bridge at 2.44am on Monday, 28 March.
The 18-year-old, who went missing from his home on Sunday, 27 March, is described as black, 5ft 7in, of slight build with a shaven head and wearing glasses.
Over a week later police divers have been searching around the River Dee, and bridge in Chester.
Sergeant Simon Owen said the University of Chester student’s disappearance ‘is extremely out of character’ and they are concerned for his welfare.
Police divers searched the River Dee today as part of their ongoing efforts to find missing University of Chester student Emmanuel Chikwa, 18, pictured
An underwater search team has been scouring the area around the suspension bridge in Chester
It comes after missing Emmanuel Chikwa was spotted on CCTV walking near the bridge at 2.44am on Monday, March 28 (A new image of Emmanuel pictured on CCTV)
Officers confirmed that Emmanuel, originally from Sheffield, had been seen at the Aldi store on Parkgate Road at around 12pm on that day.
A Cheshire Constabulary spokesperson said: ‘Police, assisted by the Underwater Search Team, are continuing with their efforts in searching for missing 18-year-old Emmanuel Chikwa in the suspension bridge area of Chester.’
In the CCTV image released by police over the weekend, Emmanuel can be seen near Queens Park Bridge wearing a dark coloured jacket with a white stripe across the chest and his left arm.
The 18-year-old, from the Parkgate Road area, was last seen wearing a dark coloured jacket, a grey t-shirt, black trousers and black shoes.
Today, police divers (pictured officers’ vehicles) were out on the River Dee before ending their search shortly after 1pm
Emmanuel Chikwa, pictured, on CCTV walking near the bridge at 2.44am on Monday 28 March. In the CCTV image released by police over the weekend, Emmanuel can be seen wearing a dark coloured jacket with a white stripe across the chest and his left arm
Mr Owen urged anyone who may have seen Emmanuel – or someone matching his description – to get in touch with them, as well as appealing directly to Emmanuel to contact police to let them know he is ‘safe and well’.
The University of Chester has been using its social media accounts to help locate Emmanuel.
It said on Twitter earlier this week: ‘Unfortunately one of our students Emmanuel Chikwa is currently missing.
‘We are growing increasingly concerned for his welfare and Cheshire Police have asked for our help to ask all staff and students if they may have seen Emmanuel since last Sunday.’