It has now been five days since the disappearance of Daniel Williams. He has not been seen since just after midnight on Thursday morning – just after he left the Wednesday Union night at 3Sixty.
At a press conference held on campus yesterday, Silver commander for Thames Valley Police, Superintendent Jim Weems, said: “We remain open-minded as to the circumstances behind Daniel’s disappearance, but naturally, as the search enters its fourth day, our concern for him is growing.
“Thames Valley Police have been searching the grounds of Reading university and the surrounding area and will continue to do so until Daniel is found.”
In a direct appeal to the second year Computer Science student, he said: “Daniel, please call us if you see this video. We want to make sure you understand you are in no trouble whatsoever.
“We only want to make sure you are safe and well and that we return you to your family. Please call us on 101, go to a police station or ask someone to call us.
“We’d love to hear from you.”
The University’s acting Vice Chancellor Professor Robert Van de Noort said: “We are very concerned for him, for his friends and the students who know him very well”.
He added that the university was offering support to those affected by Daniel’s disappearance.
He said: “We have systems in place and people who are able to talk to his housemates and students.”
And that support has been reinforced by the University.
In a tweet, @uniofreading, noted: “The Department of Computer Science and Chaplaincy invite students and colleagues to gather in solidarity and hope for Daniel Williams’ safe return. Members of the University community will gather at 5.15pm [on Monday, February 4] in 3Sixty on Whiteknights Campus.”
They also said:“If students would like someone to talk to, they can get in touch with the @UniRdg_Student Welfare Team (https://rdg.ac/2Rykn69 ) or @UoRChaplaincy (https://rdg.ac/2DTxmMb ). They can also contact @samaritans on 116123 or our @BigWhiteWall1 service at https://rdg.ac/2t3tZfC”.