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Libby Squire updates: Everything we know so far about the missing Hull student

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Libby Squire, 21, a student at the University of Hull, is still missing
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Libby Squire, a student at Hull University, has been missing now for over a week, prompting a huge search from police and locals in the area.

A man has also been arrested on suspicion of her abduction, and his details released to the press.

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It’s an case that has shocked the nation, as the 21-year-old completely vanished after going out with her friends last Thursday.

In a timeline of events, we look at the story so far, as well as the progress being made on finding her.

Last known whereabouts

Libby, who studies Philosophy and Religion, was due to be going out with friend at The Welly nightclub on Beverley Road, but was turned away. Her friends put her in a taxi, and she reached her home address around 11.30pm. It’s thought, however, that she didn’t enter the property.

She was then spotted at 11.40pm on CCTV sitting on a bench close to the junction with Haworth Street and Beverley Road (around a three minute walk from her home).

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The CCTV images show her speaking to a man with ‘long grey hair and a grey beard’ who appeared to help her before leaving. Police then believe she may have stayed there until about 12.10am.

21-year-old missing student Libby Squire
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Search

Humberside Police sent out a large team of officers to look for Libby, and hundreds of civilians in the area also came out to help with the search.

The police identified the man who had spoken with Libby while she was on the bench, and said that he ‘really helped’ with their investigations.

Her phone and other items were taken in by police from her room, and it was later reported that a lipgloss, a screwdriver, and a claw hammer were found by crime scene investigators.

It was then stated however that the items found were ‘part of another investigation’.

Coastguards and Fire and Rescue teams were aiding the search around the River Hull.

Appeal from parents

Libby’s parents – Lisa and Russell Squire – held a press conference on Monday 4 February appealing for help to find her.

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Russell Squire described his daughter as ‘our kind, thoughtful, beautiful girl, who is loved by so many people’. He added: ‘We just want you home.’

Lisa said: ‘Libby, my darling pie, we just want to know that you are safe. ‘Please get in touch with us any way you can. The whole family is missing you, especially me and your dad, your sisters and your brother.

‘I miss you so much it’s breaking my heart not knowing where you are. I love you.’

Undated family handout file photo issued by Humberside Police of 21-year-old student Libby Squire, who disappeared in Hull on Thursday night. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday February 6, 2019. See PA story POLICE Hull. Photo credit should read: Humberside Police/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.
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Further evidence

A neighbour later came forward to say they heard a ‘blood-curdling’ scream on the night Libby went missing.

The mum-of-two, who has reported it to police, said she heard the scream around 12.30am on Friday – 45 minutes after the last confirmed sighting of Libby.

Arrest

Yesterday – Thursday 7 February – a man was taken into custody and questioned on suspicion of abduction.

A police spokesman said: ‘The man remains in our custody, assisting us with our enquires. We have not yet found Libby and doing so remains our top priority.

‘Libby’s parents have been informed of the man’s arrest and we’re continuing to support them at this difficult time.’

METRO GRAB FACEBOOK Libby Squire suspect Pawe? Re?owicz https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004895760843 ID https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-6677305/Police-arrest-man-24-disappearance-Libby-Squire-21.html
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The man was later identified as Paweł Rełowicz, a 24-year-old butcher who lives less than a mile from Libby’s address.

The Polish father-of-two has also had his home searched, and neighbours reported seeing a car being towed from the property.

Next-door neighbour Jorge Ramos, 22, said: ‘I think a family live there. I knew there had been searches around the university for Libby, but I never imagined that someone would be arrested on this street’.

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Police were then granted extra time for questioning Mr Relowicz, whose sister Paulina Szymanska said her brother had picked up a ‘crying girl’ on the night of Miss Squire’s disappearance and offered her a lift home.

She maintains his innocence in the case.

The search for Libby Squire continues.

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