Nathan Fleetwood: What we know so far in search for missing Shrewsbury 21-year-old

It's been more than a week now since 21-year-old Nathan Fleetwood was last seen.

Nathan Fleetwood
Nathan Fleetwood

Nathan was reported missing on Sunday, March 27, after he failed to return home from a night out in Shrewsbury town centre.

The last reported sighting of him was in the town centre at around 2.30am after he left Albert's Shed in Barker Street.

Over the past week there have been several appeals and searches carried out for Nathan, who remains missing.

Here's everything we know about Nathan and the search to find him so far.

Last confirmed sighting

The last reported sighting was in the town centre at around 2.30am after he left Albert's Shed in Barket Street.

What was Nathan wearing?

The 21-year-old is described as having short blonde hair and was wearing a white T-shirt with a black hoodie, black jeans and white Nike trainers.

Police and fire crews search River Severn

Police and fire crews searched the River Severn last week

Police and fire crews were seen scouring the River Severn in Shrewsbury on Monday, March 28, in what was described as a search for a 'high-risk missing person'.

The emergency services maintained a large presence in The Quarry, near the Kingsland toll bridge. West Mercia Police also searched a number of areas around the town centre as river rescue teams piloted a boat in the Severn.

On the same day the force issued its first appeal to find the 21-year-old.

Police appeal following new sighting

The following day, Tuesday, March 29, officers investigating Nathan's disappearance issued new information in an appeal to help him.

West Mercia Police announced they had received further information that he had been seen shortly afterwards in the Kingsland area of the town between 3am and 5am on Sunday, March 27, the day he went missing.

In an statement, a police spokesperson said: "Following our initial appeal, officers have received further information that Nathan was sighted shortly afterwards in the Kingsland area of the town between 3am and 5am."

Nathan's family also issued a second photo of him in a white polo shirt to aid with searches.

Police appeal to Good Samaritans who tried to help Nathan

The second photo released of Nathan Fleetwood

A new appeal was issued by police on Friday, April 1, to hear from two men who they believe tried to help Nathanon the night he went missing.

Officers said they believed two men tried to help the 21-year-old book a taxi on the Kingsland Bridge between 3.30am and 4.15am and appealed for them to get in touch.

They were both described as in their early 20s. One was described white, around 6ft 2ins with curly brown hair in a curtains style, and wearing light blue jeans and a black Berghaus fleece.

The second man was also described as white, around 5ft 8ins, with a short beard and wearing a beige jacket with the hood up. Both were said to be well spoken.

Detective Sergeant David Bettison of West Mercia Police said: “Firstly we would like to thank the public for all their help since we issued our first appeal, as we have heard off a number of people who have helped us with our searches.

“We are now eager to speak to these two men, who were seen assisting Nathan on the bridge, as we are led to believe they tried to help Nathan book a taxi so he could get home.

“There is no evidence to suggest the two men have anything to do with Nathan’s disappearance, but we do believe they could hold vital information in helping us better understand Nathan’s movements in the early hours of Sunday."

Friends search for Nathan

On Sunday, April 3, one week after he went missing, around 400 people came together to help look for Nathan.

The search was centred on the Kingsland Bridge, where police believe he was between 3am and 5am on the Sunday he went missing seven days earlier.

Families and former school friends from Shrewsbury Academy also turned out to do what they could to search for clues to his disappearance.

Among them were men who played football with Nathan when he was in the Shrewsbury Juniors Under 18 team. They said Nathan was "someone you could never argue with".

"He is one of the nicest lads there is, always has a smile on his face," Alfie Page said.

As they searched on dry land, kayakers from the West Mercia Search and Rescue unit surveyed the river itself.

Police make fresh appeal to witnesses who may have been on Kingsland Road

A new appeal was made by police for witnesses to come forward who may have seen him walking along Kingsland Road in Shrewsbury.

Officers are keen to speak to anyone who was in that area between 4am and 6.30am on Sunday March 27, as they may have vital information about Nathan's movements that night.

Detective Sergeant David Bettison said: “Thank you to everyone who has been sharing our appeals; after hearing from a number of people we have now been able to expand our searches.

“We are now eager to speak to anybody who walked along Kingsland Road, in the direction of Coleham, as we believe they may have walked past Nathan after he left the Kingsland Bridge.

“Currently there is no evidence to suggest anyone is involved with Nathan’s disappearance, but we do believe people in the area at this time could hold vital information in helping us better understand Nathan’s movements in the early hours of Sunday."

Nathan is believed to have made his way towards the Kingsland area of the town shortly after leaving the Albert Shed on Barker Street.

Contact West Mercia Police

Anyone who thinks they have information that could help find Nathan is urged to contact West Mercia Police by calling 1010 or at quoting reference number 347i of March 27.

Another man falls into the River Severn in Shrewsbury

On Friday, April 1, another man was rescued from the River Severn in Shrewsbury in an unrelated incident.

The man was pulled from the river at Victoria Quay on Friday night after emergency services were alerted to a person in distress in the water.

He was taken to hospital in a critical condition but died over the weekend.

Toby Jones died after being rescued from the River Severn over the weekend

On Monday, April 4, he was identified as 31-year-old Toby Jones.

In a statement his heartbroken mother, Shane Gayme, said that he was "my beautiful boy" and he had a "beautiful smile".

Mr Jones, from Shrewsbury, worked for builders merchants Huws Gray since he was in his teens, and had recently been promoted and given his own branch to manage in Leebotwood, near Church Stretton.

Second man fighting for his life

West Mercia Police confirmed on Monday that another man was fighting for his life in hospital after being rescued from the river in the early hours of the morning.

Police were were called to St Julian's Crescent, near the English Bridge in Shrewsbury, at around 12.55am after officers received reports of a person in the river.

Officers believe he had been in The Nag’s Head on Wyle Cop on Sunday evening and had been involved in a fight shortly before he left the premises around midnight.

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