By Palatinate News Team
Police say they are scaling back their search for missing second year student Euan Coulthard.
They added that they will continue with “periodic” searches this week and are still hopeful that Euan will be found alive.
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.”
Call police on 101 if you have any information on Euan’s disappearance.