POLICE investigating the disappearance of Thomas Jones want to speak to anyone who crossed the Sabrina Footbridge in Worcester between 3.30am and 4am on Wednesday.
It comes as the search for the 18-year-old student continues.
The police have deployed specialist divers from South Wales Search and Rescue to conduct a thorough search of the section of river close to Grandstand Road.
The Sabrina Footbridge, which links Worcester Racecourse to Hylton Road, is a natural route for students to take between the town centre and the university. It may be that Thomas used this footbridge on the night he went missing.
Officers want to speak to anyone who may have crossed the footbridge between 3.30am and 4am as they may have vital information that could help with our investigation.
Detective Inspector Tony Garner from West Mercia Police said: “I urge anyone who may have crossed the Sabrina footbridge between those times to please come forward and get in contact with us.
“Even if you don’t think you can help or have any relevant information we are still keen to hear from you as you may be able to assist with our investigations.”
Tom is white, around 5ft 5ins tall and of slim build.
He has short mousy brown hair and grey / green eyes.
He was wearing pale jeans, a navy blue woollen zip-up Lacoste top and green shoes when he went missing.
Him going missing was extremely out-of-character for Tom who was new to the area, having only moved to Worcester on Sunday to start university.
DI Garner from West Mercia Police said earlier today that a number of people had turned up to assist which they were very grateful for.
He added he understood people were keen to help but warned of the dangers of the area close to the river, which was dark, wet and slippery and posed a risk.
“We had a minor incident yesterday in which our search team had to stop and support the ambulance service as someone had injured themselves while helping with the search.
“In order to prevent this from happening again, we ask that the public stay away at this stage so that our highly trained search divers can work without distraction and continue to conduct a full and thorough search of the river.”
Anyone with any information on Tom or his whereabouts should call police on 101.