The mother of the missing student Libby Squire has thanked students who have helped look for her daughter, as concerns grow for her welfare with the search into its third day.
Scores of police officers, friends and fellow University of Hull students spent Saturday looking for Squire, 21, in bitingly cold conditions.
She disappeared late on Thursday night and police have said they are “extremely concerned” for her welfare.
In a Facebook post, her mother, Lisa, said Squire was “obviously loved by so many people” and their efforts were a “great comfort” to her and her husband, Russell.
Her family said her disappearance was “very out of character”, adding that she was “a very thoughtful and caring young woman who puts others before herself”.
On Saturday, more than 70 police officers were out making inquiries, including going door-to-door in the area where the student disappeared.
Squire was reported missing after getting into a taxi outside the Welly Club on Beverley Road, Hull, at about 11pm on Thursday, and is believed to have got out of the vehicle a short while later near her home on Wellesley Avenue.
Humberside police said she was then helped by a motorist who pulled over after spotting her on the street. The force said the motorist had since contacted them and had “really helped out” with the search.
Squire was last spotted on CCTV on Beverley Road, near to the junction with Hayworth Street, at about 11.45pm on Thursday.
Police urged people living in that area to check their gardens and outbuildings in case she had taken shelter.
Anyone who was driving around the area between 11pm on Thursday and 3am on Friday and has dashcam footage was also asked to contact police on the 101 number.
About 200 students were involved in the search of the university premises, which was organised by Ryan Tweddell.
The second-year student told the Press Association: “It was great to see so many students turn out to support the search for Libby. We can’t believe the community came out in the numbers they did, it just shows how much people care.
“Libby is a loving, down-to-earth, typical, normal student. She is hardworking, helps everyone who needs it and is a lovely, brilliant girl.”
In a statement, the university said it was “deeply concerned” about the missing student.
A spokesman added: “We are working closely with Humberside police to support their search for Libby and offering support to Libby’s family at this distressing time.”