Police helicopter joins search for Leeds man missing since work Christmas party LATEST

Police search the waterways by the Royal Armouries. PIC: Simon Hulme

Police search the waterways by the Royal Armouries. PIC: Simon Hulme

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A police helicopter crew today joined the search for a missing man who is feared to have died after falling into the River Aire.

Kalist Musinga has not been seen since leaving his work Christmas party in the early hours of Friday, December 19.

The 50-year-old father of one, of Burmantofts, Leeds, had been celebrating with colleagues at the New Dock Bar, near the Royal Armouries, before he disappeared.

An underwater search team has been scouring the river close to the museum for a body, so far without success.

This morning a National Police Air Service helicopter crew, based at Carr Gate in Wakefield, joined efforts to find Mr Musinga.

They tweeted: “Searching river/canal area in connection with missing person enquiry. Nothing found.”

Mr Musinga, a computer analyst, was on a night out with colleagues from Leeds-based BPP Law School on the night he went missing, having been out for dinner with his wife, Grace, for her birthday. He was last seen outside the Holiday Inn hotel on Armouries Drive.