Friends of Libby Squire have described searching for her during the night she went missing as they paid emotional tribute to the university student.
Libby ‘disappeared’ from a bench in Hull on a bitterly cold night in 2019 – and was never seen alive again.
Having been turned away from a local nightclub, she headed towards her home but never arrived.
Tragically, on March 20, Libby’s body was recovered from the Humber Estuary, close to Spurn Point.
Amelia Cummins, who lived with Libby, said in a statement read to Sheffield Crown Court: “At 00.13am I messaged Libby asking her to let me know she was home but I didn’t hear anything back so I guessed she had gone home and passed out.”
Their housemate Chloe messaged another flatmate, Erin, who was not out to see if she had heard Libby go home, to which she replied she hadn’t.
The girls returned home expecting to find Libby “wandering the street” or with a neighbour as Amelia says she had seen Libby knocking there before when they had been separated.
Amelia said she drove from Cromer Street up Beverley Road “slowly” to see if they could see Libby.
She said they then drove up Cottingham Road and onto Newland Avenue where they stopped at Pizza Hot to see if Libby had been there.
She then text Libby’s mum, Lisa.
The police were called at 2.21am.
Amelia said at that point they still believed Libby would turn up.
She said: “We thought she would turn up after wandering around. The reason we called them (the police) is because we checked everywhere she may have gone to.
“I text her mum telling her what had happened and I told her at 3.20am that we were with the police.”
Amelia has said in her statement “it was completely out of character” for Libby to go missing.
She said the pair were planning to go to Germany together and were “inseparable.”
Friend Nathan Murphy said in a statement he last saw Libby walking along Beverley Road with the group and “other than being cold and drunk she seemed fine”.
Nathan returned home but received a call in the early hours of the morning from Amelia asking him to keep an eye out for Libby.
He said: “I was not overly concerned as Libby is sensible and knows how to look after herself. Amelia called me at 2.30am telling me she had called the police.
“After this call I was still not worried and thought there would be a genuine reason why she had not got home. I went to bed and the next day me and my friend were talking about how over the top the response had been.
“Libby missing a lecture was very out of character and as time went on I worried more.”
Nathan said in a statement speaking about Libby: “She is an outgoing person with people she knows.”
“She has a jovial personality.”
He said he used to see Libby three times a week and described her as “very smart”.
Pawel Relowicz is standing trial accused of the rape and murder of Hull student Libby Squire.
Polish-born Relowicz, 26, of Hull, denies raping and murdering the philosophy student on February 1 2019.
The trial continues.