Greater Manchester Police are beginning to fear the worst for missing Indian student Souvik Pal, but are still praying to safely return him to his family.
Officers took to Old Trafford today to highlight a campaign for information on Souvik, which will run during Manchester United’s game with Liverpool on Sunday.
Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin confirmed that police are becoming increasingly worried about his whereabouts but still hold out hope of finding him.
“We have considered all options in this case from day one and I am very concerned about him, but I still hope and pray to bring him home safely,” he said.
Souvik, 18, a student at Manchester Metropolitan University, was last seen at 11pm on New Year’s Eve at the Warehouse Project in Trafford Park.
He recently began working part-time at Old Trafford serving refreshments on match-days and was on duty during United’s victory over West Brom on December 29.
Leaflets regarding Souvik will be distributed by fellow Met students to fans prior to the game appeals will run on the advertising hoardings surrounding the pitch.
CCTV: Police release footage of last known movements of Souvik’s before going missing
And CCTV from outside the Warehouse Project at about 11pm, has been released. Detectives believe that the man highlighted is Souvik.
DCI Larkin thanked Manchester United for their assistance with the appeal and hopes the large audience tuning in will increase the chances of police getting a breakthrough.
“We have reached out to Manchester United because they are very big in the local community,” he said.
“They have a huge following and on Sunday there will be in excess of 70,000 spectators visiting the stadium.
“It is a huge platform for us to highlight Souvik’s disappearance and appeal for any relevant information anyone may have on his whereabouts.”