‘What happened to Souvik?’ Detectives to retrace last steps of Manchester student in NYE canal death probe

By Dean Wilkins

Detectives attempting to piece together Souvik Pal’s final moments will return to the place where he was last on New Year’s Eve at Manchester’s Warehouse Project.

The key to answering ‘What happened to Souvik?’ could lie with fellow revellers who attended the music night at Trafford Park – as the Indian student was last seen at around 11pm on December 31.

Underwater teams found his body in Bridgewater Canal at around 2pm on Tuesday – three weeks after his disappearance – and police will attempt to retrace the 18-year-old’s last steps to find out how he ended up in the waterway.

Detective Chief Inspector Colin Larkin, said: “While there is nothing to suggest that this was anything other than a tragic accident, we still need to know when, how and where Souvik entered the water.

“We are revisiting the Warehouse project because there may be people returning that were present on New Year’s Eve but who are coming from outside the area and may not be aware of what has happened.

“We may just find that one person who saw Souvik that night and who might be able to help us answer the question we are trying to answer: what happened to Souvik?”

Officers will tonight and tomorrow night return to the Warehouse Project to speak to those attending to see if anyone saw him on the evening he disappeared.

“It also highlights that our work does not stop because his body has been found and reflects our commitment to do everything we can to provide as full a report as possible for the coroner.”

The Indian-born teenager was found a short distance away from Old Trafford stadium, where he worked part-time on match days.

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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