The search for missing University of York student Pierre Le Moignan has entered its third week as North Yorkshire Police admit that the investigation is focused on the River Ouse.
Police, who have stated that they are “extremely concerned for his safety”, have been forced to suspend their search of the river until water levels at the Ouse have dropped following recent flooding, and as such are yet to find a body.
Janice Bryan, Press Officer at North Yorkshire Police, disclosed: “The circumstances of his disappearance lead us to believe that he may have entered the river at some point after 10pm on Saturday 21 November.”
Clothes and a note displaying the date and time, which are suspected to be Le Moignan’s, were found by a pedestrian on Sunday morning beside the river.
The walker who found the clothes, who wishes to remain anonymous, told Nouse that “everything was in its rightful place… my first initial thought was that someone had jumped into the river. The clothes were too well-organised for them not to have been left on purpose.”
Nouse understands that the minimal campus notification of his disappearance, in contrast to the ongoing search for Claudia Lawrence, is at the request of Mr Le Moignan’s family.
A police spokesman said that Mr Le Moignan’s mother and sister lived in Lampeter, Wales, and officers were keeping them updated about the search.
The walker who discovered the clothes added: “There was something about the way the items were so neatly packed that was unusual, so I went over to have a look and I found a wallet, a mobile phone, some keys and a watch piled underneath the hat. There was also a piece of paper balanced on top of the items with the date on it and a time. It was a shock…”
Bryan explained: “River searches have been carried out. However, due to the current rise in river levels, officers are monitoring the situation before any further searches can commence.”
Mr Le Moignan, who has just entered his fourth year at the University and is studying Chemistry, has been described as 5ft 4in tall with a thin build, light brown hair and wears glasses. At the time of his disappearance he is believed to have been wearing a red fleece top with a tweed hat and grey scarf and gloves. Friends have desribed him as a “quiet” student who “kept himself to himself”.
David Garner, University Press Officer, said: “We are extremely concerned about the well-being of Pierre Le Moignan. We would appeal to Pierre, or anyone who knows of his whereabouts, to contact North Yorkshire Police immediately.”
If anyone has any information please contact North Yorkshire Police on 0845 6060247.