Were you near Hopefield Road or it’s route to Percy Street – if so Leicestershire Police need your help

A search of the River Soar in Leicester has failed to find any clues to the whereabouts of missing city man Michal Zygan.

Officers from Leicestershire Police’s Tactical Support Team (TST) spent several hours searching a stretch of the river yesterday (Wednesday 1 August) but without a trace.

CCTV cameras recorded the 25-year-old heading towards the towpath by the river at around 8.30am last Wednesday morning (25 July). It was the last known sighting of him.

Around an hour earlier, Michal had left his home address in Hopefield Road in Leicester to go to work in nearby Percy Street.

Inexplicably, he was seen an hour later in the opposite direction, walking through Bede Park, across Western Boulevard and heading towards the river.

The cameras show Michal wearing the same clothes he had left home in – a black Reebok t-shirt, blue denim shorts and black trainers. He is also seen by the CCTV cameras carrying a black-coloured Nike rucksack, and, at times, carrying a water bottle.

Officers from the TST used a boat and rafts to search the stretch of water between the Holiday Inn hotel and the weir at the King Power Stadium. An area of the river near St Margaret’s Pastures was also searched yesterday.

Today, officers will continue trawling through CCTV footage in the hope of finding further clues about Michal’s whereabouts. Further checks will also be made of addresses which we believe he may have connections to.

Leaflets in English and Polish will continue to be distributed to members of the public in the area where he was last seen.

Sergeant Jon Douds, from the Missing Persons Team, said: “Michal has now been missing for over a week. Why he failed to go to work, and instead walk in a completely different direction towards the river, is a mystery, and the longer he remains missing, the greater our concerns are for his safety.

“I would urge people who were in the area of Bede Park and the towpath last Wednesday morning to cast their minds back. It would have been busy at around 8.30am that morning, with people heading to work, and others – including dog walkers – simply out enjoying the morning sunshine.

“If you think you may have seen Michal, it is really important that you get in touch.

“His family are extremely concerned for him, as are we.”

If anyone has any information about Michal or knows where he might be is asked to call police urgently on 101, quoting incident 531 of 26 July.

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