Manchester United to Appeal For Missing Student

An appeal for a Indian student who's been missing since New Year's Eve will be made at Old Trafford before Manchester United's Premier League game with Liverpool on Sunday.

Souvik Pal, who's 19, was last seen leaving the Warehouse Project in Trafford Park at around 11pm.

An appeal from Greater Manchester Police will be shown on digital advertising boards by the side of the pitch at Old Trafford.

It was also be mentioned by the stadium announcer ahead of the game, which kicks off at 130pm on Sunday.

Souvik, who studied at Manchester Metropolitan University, had trained for a part-time job serving refreshments during Manchester United games.

The 19-year-old worked at the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday 29 December 2012.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin said: "The police and the family of Souvik Pal are grateful to Manchester United for their support for this appeal.

"Souvik was last seen near the Warehouse Project, which is not far from Old Trafford. We hope that there could be someone among the crowd who may have some information that could help us.

"While our intensive enquiries are ongoing, including looking through hours of CCTV, there has sadly been little response from our appeals, so we urge anyone who may have information on his whereabouts to call us.

"We are continuing to offer support to Souvik's father here, and I am grateful to the Indian authorities, Manchester Metropolitan University and the Warehouse Project for their support.

"However, this is very difficult time for everyone involved, and our concern is only increasing the longer we don't find Souvik."

Souvik is Asian, 5ft 7in tall, of slim build. He is an international student from India and speaks with an Indian accent. He has a scar on the right side of his forehead.

When last seen he was wearing a pale denim long sleeve shirt with a collar, grey chino trousers, navy blue leather boots.

CCTV footage from outside the Warehouse Project has been released, which the police believe shows Souvik's last known movements. Watch it below:

Earlier this week, Souvik's father Santanu Pal arrived in Manchester and spoke of his heartache at his son's disappearance.

"I am proud of my son and I will stay here until I get him back.

"I am grateful of the efforts Greater Manchester Police and Manchester Metropolitan University have made since my son's disappearance and the support they have given to me.

"I would like to directly appeal to anyone who has any clues that can help the police search for Souvik, to call the police.

"This has been a very difficult time for our family back in India, including Souvik's younger brother, who views him as a role model.

"If anyone can help, please call the police."

To listen to Santanu's appeal - click the link below:

Santanu Pal - father of missing student

Anyone with information is asked to call police on 0161 856 4223 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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