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Police use dogs, drones and underwater search teams to help find missing Wakefield teenager

Police in Wakefield have launched specialist teams, including dogs and drones, as the search for a missing teenager enters its 11th day.

16-year-old Mateusz Lugowski, from the Lupset area of Wakefield, was reported missing on January 19 at 5pm.

A number of searches including waterways are continuing as officers continue to appeal for information about Mateusz.

Resources such as specialist search officers, neighbourhood police patrols, underwater search teams, drones, dogs and helicopters have all been used in the investigation

CCTV footage of Mateusz from the day he went missing captured him walking near to the Domino’s Pizza in the Chantry Bridge area at around 3:14pm.

He was later seen at around 3:20pm by two school friends close to the river behind the Evans Halshaw garage.

Detective Inspector Phil Davis of Wakefield CID said: “The disappearance of Mateusz is causing his family so much pain, they desperately want some news and have been out in the area where he was last seen searching for him.

“Our focus remains on searching the area around where he was last seen in Chantry Bridge with searches by officers and mountain rescue teams taking place at key locations in the area.

“We’re still hoping for the best outcome for Mateusz and his family and searches will remain ongoing in the coming days to find him and bring him home.”

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