Parents’ appeal over missing Leeds student

Aamir Qudeer.
Aamir Qudeer.
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Parents of a student from Leeds have made an emotional appeal for his safe return after his mystery disappearance a month ago.

Relatives and police remain baffled about why 21-year-old Aamir Qudeer, from Moortown, went missing without trace on February 26.

Last seen in Liverpool – a city he had visited only once before – the engineering student, who attends Bradford University, has not been in contact since.

His distraught mum and dad, Zatoon and Abdul Qudeer, of Scott Hall Road, say his disappearance is completely out of character.

They and Aamir’s three sisters, Naila, Zakiya and Naimah, are desperate to know what has happened to him.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, Mrs Qudeer made a direct appeal to her son. She said: “We don’t know the reason why you left and disappeared as you did, but whatever it is we can sort it out as a family.

“Please come home, your dad and your sisters and I miss you.”

Aamir, who attended Leeds City College and worked for Capita in Stourton before starting university last September, got on a train from Leeds to Liverpool on the afternoon of February 26.

The last sighting of him on CCTV was at about 7pm that evening.

The only previous occasion he is known to have been to Liverpool was to attend an interview at John Moores University.

He had missed lectures shortly before his disappearance, but there were no other signs that he was unhappy or in trouble.

Det Insp Neil Benstead, who is leading the search for the student, said there was no evidence he had come to harm but added: “We are incredibly concerned about Aamir.

“His disappearance is completely out of character – he’s part of a very close family.”

He added: “There’s nothing significant from a detailed and lengthy investigation that suggests anything sinister has happened.

“He’s a young man, finding his way in life and it’s fair to say university has been a challenge, as it is for lots of students. In many ways that will have unsettled him but there’s nothing significant as a trigger point, no one thing that would tend to suggest why Aamir went missing.”

Mrs Qudeer, who asked friends her son had made at Leeds City College to come forward with information and added: “It has been absolutely terrible, emotionally very stressful.

“We just want to know where he is.”

Anyone with information should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

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