Football fans could be key: Manchester United join police appeal to find missing Warehouse Project reveller Souvik Pal

By Dean Wilkins

Appeals to trace missing Warehouse Project reveller Souvik Pal will extend to Manchester United’s home tie against Liverpool on Sunday, almost two weeks after his disappearance on New Year’s Eve.

Indian student Souvik, 18, who is an undergraduate at Manchester Metropolitan University, has not been since around 11pm when he was attending the popular music event on Trafford Wharf Road.

Police are now appealing to football fans to help with their investigations as the youngster was a part-time refreshment server and worked for during West Brom’s visit to Old Trafford on December 29.

United have arranged for an appeal from Greater Manchester Police to be shown on pitchside digital advertising hoardings, in the build-up to their game against Liverpool this Sunday.

The stadium announcer will also make reference to the appeal before the match.

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.

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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