Police search land and river as hunt for missing 21-year-old man enters fifth day

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POLICE carried out land and river searches in Hull yesterday as efforts to find a missing 21-year-old man entered a fifth day.

Stuart Gilson was captured on CCTV cameras walking onto Drypool Bridge in the city on Saturday night – but not coming off the other side.

Officers carried out foot searches along the banks of the River Hull and along footpaths leading to Albert Dock, while colleagues from the Humberside Police marine search unit took a boat along the river and into the Humber estuary. It is thought that he may have turned right down steps on to a riverside walkway as he left the Old Town on his way home towards Annandale Road on Greatfield estate after a night out.

Mr Gilson had earlier left a family party at the Embassy Hotel in Hedon Road after an argument, and took a taxi to Vodka Revolution, a nightspot in Lowgate.

The painter and decorator was reported missing by his family on Sunday when he failed to return home, and concern grew when he failed to catch a ferry to for a work trip to Amsterdam on Sunday evening.

Thousands of people have joined an appeal to find him through the social networking website Facebook, and his relatives and friends have been joined by hundreds of people looking for him after a number of reported sightings in the city.

A £2,000 reward for information leading to his location is now being offered on behalf of Mr Gilson’s family.

His sister Kimberley, 24, said: “We are just waiting to hear from the police and then we are going back out. We are doing everything we can to find him.”

Mr Gilson is 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build, and has short, dark brown hair.