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  • 30 January 2014, 19:32

Missing Megan Roberts Search Is Extended

Police divers have extended their search for missing student Megan Roberts a week after she went missing at the end of a night out with friends in York.

Officers, who released two new pictures of the 20-year-old York St John University student, believe she "entered" the River Ouse while "affected by alcohol".

Divers initially focused their search around Lendal Bridge but now specialist teams have moved further down river to scour both banks between two other York bridges, Naburn and Scarborough.

The search will resume on Friday.

Police say there is nothing to suggest foul play in her disappearance.

Ms Roberts, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, was last seen on CCTV at about 2.20am on Thursday, January 23, leaving the city's Popworld nightclub with friends. They had been drinking for several hours.

The group was spread out and some ran down a street called Tanner's Moat, past The Maltings pub, where Ms Roberts - the last in the group - was spotted bumping into a row of cycle racks.

Officers are confident that none of her friends is directly responsible for her disappearance.

"The possibility still exists that Megan is elsewhere safe and well but, realistically, given the passage of time, such a possibility is increasingly remote,"  Detective Superintendent Phil Cain said on Wednesday.

Anyone with information about Ms Roberts' disappearance is urged to contact North Yorkshire Police on 101 - select option 1 - and pass information to the Force Control Room.

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