The parents of missing student Libby Squire have thanked everyone who has helped in the search for their daughter, saying they have been “overwhelmed with people’s kindness and support”.
The 21-year-old University of Hull student was reported missing from the city in the early hours of Friday and an intensive search has been mounted by police and volunteers over the last six days.
On Wednesday, her parents Lisa and Russ issued a statement which said: “We’d like to thank everyone who has helped this week in trying to find Libby.
“We have been overwhelmed with people’s kindness and support and it’s been incredible how all her friends, students at the university, and members of the public have joined together to help us look for her.”
Humberside Police said Mr and Mrs Squire, from High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, had met with their daughter’s friends and university staff.
In their statement, the couple said Miss Squire – whose full name is Liberty Anna – has two younger sisters and a younger brother, who all live in High Wycombe.
They said: “Growing up, Libby was a really happy child, and she is extremely close to her family and her siblings.”
Mr and Mrs Squire explained how Libby enjoyed English Language, English Literature and Latin at school and has a close group of friends stretching back to primary school.
They said she moved to Hull in September 2017 to study philosophy and was “really happy” at the university with a “lovely group of friends”.
The couple said: “Libby decided to come to Hull University when she fell in love with the city.
“She accepted an offer at the university before even visiting as she was so sure she would be happy here.”
They said their daughter enjoys reading and going to the gym as well as loving travelling, music and going out to concerts.
Police say they have received hundreds of calls in the last six days.
Officers have said that Miss 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.
Marilyn Kingdom, a volunteer at the Newland Christian Centre, said she met Miss Squire’s parents when they dropped into the centre on Tuesday and she gave Mrs Squire a hug.
She said: “They were so strong, they actually gave me a little bit of strength to continue what we are doing.
“They definitely uplifted us a bit.”
A woman, who did not want to be named, told the Press Association on Wednesday that she had heard an “urgent, panicked scream” outside her house at around 12.30am on Friday.
The woman, who lives near Miss Squire’s home, said the area is populated by students who make a lot of noise “any day of the week”.
But she said the nature of the scream she heard on Friday morning was unusual and sounded like a woman was “being harassed”.
She said the scream was followed by male voices and the sound of a “bang”.
She said: “It was an urgent scream. It was panicked. It sounded like she was being harassed. That’s not unusual but not that kind of scream.”
She said she had spoken to police about what she had heard.
On Wednesday, a number of officers used sticks to look in the undergrowth on Oak Road Playing Fields and the Regional Marine Unit returned to search a pond nearby.
A police helicopter repeatedly circled above Miss Squire’s home.