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Police appeal for information as missing student investigation enters fourth week

Police want to speak to anyone who was near the Cumberland Basin in the early hours of Saturday 2nd March as part of an investigation into law student Jack O'Sullivan's disappearance.

By Will Standring, News Editor

Jack O’Sullivan, 22, has been missing since Saturday 2nd March when he attended a birthday party in Hotwells.

He was last seen at about 3.15 am near Brunel Way (see image below) and briefly spoke to a friend on the phone ten minutes later, only managing to say ‘hello’ before the line cut out. Police say his phone remained active on Find My Friends until 6.44 am.

After attending Clifton College, Jack studied History at Exeter before beginning a Post-grad Law diploma at BPP Law School in Bristol in September 2023.

Map showing the location of Jack's last confirmed sighting (yellow triangle) - Avon and Somerset Police/Google Maps

The police investigation into Jack’s disappearance has now entered its fourth week. They are looking to hear from anyone who may have any information on Jack's whereabouts or who was near the Cumberland Basin around the time of Jack's last sighting.

Jack’s parents, Catherine and Alan, have said that they are in a ‘living hell’ and that unanswered questions are leaving them ‘in despair’.

In a statement issued by the Avon and Somerset Police, Detective Jason Chidgey said:

‘We’re keen for the public to focus on the time of the last confirmed sighting and we still want to speak to anyone driving on the Cumberland Basin around this time, as well as anyone driving outbound towards Ashton, as they may have dashcam footage which could help us.’

‘If you saw Jack after 3.15am on Saturday 2 March, we want to hear from you. He’s described as white, around 5ft 10ins, of slim build, with short brown hair.’

‘He was wearing a quilted green/brown Barbour jacket over a beige woollen jumper, with navy chinos and brown leather trainers with white soles.’

‘This is an extremely distressing time for the loved ones of Jack and we’re continuing to carry out urgent enquiries to establish what happened to him.’

In a social media post, Catherine O'Sullivan, Jack's mother, said:

‘This is my son, my world. He is missing but questions still remain for us.’

‘Why, oh why, is his phone still in use over two hours after we saw him on CCTV footage? Please share this far and wide, we just need help in getting this message across.’

‘We must get an answer to be able to put one foot in front of another and move forward. Please help us.’

Featured Image: Avon and Somerset Police

If you know where Jack is now, or were driving in the Hotwell Road and Cumberland Basin Road area, please call 999 and give the reference 5224055172, or ring 101 with any other information.