Police searching for missing student Libby Squire are following up several lines of inquiry including reports that a neighbour heard a “blood-curdling” scream on the night she disappeared.
Humberside Police said they have received hundreds of calls since the 21-year-old University of Hull student was reported missing from the city in the early hours of Friday morning and are taking statements from people living in the area she was last seen.
Squire was dropped off in a taxi near her home on Wellesley Avenue at around 11.29pm on Thursday and was seen 10 minutes later on CCTV near a bench on Beverley Road, where a motorist stopped to offer her help.
She is believed to have been in this area until around 12.09am on Friday.
On Tuesday, it was reported that a woman living in a street close to Squire’s home heard a scream which she said “sounded like someone being attacked”.
The woman told The Sun that she heard a “blood-curdling” scream that made her sit up.
A police spokeswoman said: “We have received hundreds of calls from members of the public offering information and their assistance, and we are extremely grateful for everyone’s help.
“Our house-to-house inquiries are continuing and we are visiting residents to speak to people and take statements as part of the ongoing investigation.”
As the search entered its fifth day, officers from the police regional marine unit searched a pond at Oak Road Playing Fields, near to Squire’s home.
On Tuesday evening, around 200 students and staff gathered in the rain at the University of Hull to show solidarity and support for Squire, her family and friends.
Vice-chancellor Professor Susan Lea thanked the crowd for all their help in the search, while Student Union president Osaro Otabo told the students that support was available for anyone who needed it.
She said: “This real sense of community is something I think is quite special here in Hull.”
Police said they were supporting Squire’s parents, Russell and Lisa Squire, who spoke on Monday of their heartbreak at not knowing where their daughter is.
In an emotional appeal, mum Lisa called her daughter her “darling pie” and said: “It is breaking my heart not knowing where you are.”
Both parents urged the 21-year-old to contact them.
The family had previously said that the student’s disappearance is “very out-of-character” and that she is a “very thoughtful and caring young woman who puts others before herself”.