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Thursday, 2 March 2017

The search for a missing Surrey University student has entered its fifth day




21-year-old, Viktor Ivanelo, has not been seen since he left a friend's home in Esher, in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Esher and Claygate are the focus of the investigation.

A police helicopter, a drone, and search and rescue dogs have now joined police and specialist search officers in the hunt.

Police are also carrying out searches in Chessington.

It’s after a number of his belongings were found at the side of a bridleway in Woodstock Lane South by a horse rider on Sunday.

The search officers are being joined by around 30 Surrey Search and Rescue Volunteers, and their dogs and drone capability.

Residents in the Claygate, Esher and Chessington areas are being urged to check any sheds, garages or outbuildings in case Viktor has taken shelter.

Viktor is a student at the University of Surrey and has lodgings in Guildford although his permanent address is in South West London. He has not been seen at either address since he went missing. A number of enquiries are also being carried out in these areas.

Viktor was wearing a grey formal jacket, blue jeans and smart shoes, and was carrying a black over the shoulder bag which may have had a laptop inside when he was last seen. He was not wearing his glasses when he left the address in Esher.

Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz, from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “We are keeping an open mind at this stage but it is completely out of character for Viktor not to have made contact with anyone for this amount of time and we are extremely concerned for his welfare.

“We have no reason to believe that Viktor poses any risk to the public – all I am asking residents in the areas listed above to do is check any outbuildings or sheds in case he has taken refuge there.

DCI Rymarz continued: “The discovery of some of his personal belongings is of particular concern, given that they were found some distance from where he was last seen and we are focusing our searches on this area. We are also concerned that there has not been a single sighting of him or that he has not made any contact with family or friends since he went missing.

“Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts is asked to come forward as a matter of urgency. We are carrying out a number of enquiries but any other information or sightings, no matter how insignificant they might seem, would help us enormously.”

If you can help, please contact Surrey Police on 101, quoting reference number 45170020251.
posted by Radio Jackie News Team @ 9:38 am  

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