A £5,000 reward is today on offer for information to find missing student Tobiasz Minski.
The popular 23-year-old vanished after a night out in Huddersfield town centre two weeks ago tonight – and his mother jetted into the country late yesterday to offer the reward in a bid to get a breakthrough in the puzzling case the family so desperately needs.
The reward was put up as a new lead in the case came to light – CCTV cameras picked Tobiasz up after he left a nightclub.
Tobiasz and long-term girlfriend Malgorzata Brychcy come from the Polish town of Poznan and Tobiasz’s mother arrived at John Lennon Airport in Liverpool yesterday and was driven straight to Huddersfield.
The couple, who are both students at Huddersfield University, both work at Mymou bar on Queen Street in Huddersfield town centre.
Bar owner Victoria Hirst, 30, said: “Tobiasz’s mother did not want to stay at home any longer. She just wanted to be here where her son went missing.’’
Victoria also said CCTV footage has now traced Tobiasz’s last movements in Huddersfield town centre before he disappeared.
He had been for a night out with a friend.
After leaving the Camel Club he had gone to Bar Rouge on King Street, but left there at about 4.40am on Friday morning.
He was seen walking with two men to the McDonalds restaurant on Kirkgate where all three got into a silver car.
That was the last sighting.
His mobile phone was switched off later that morning, his bank account remains untouched and he has made no contact at all with his family or friends.
Victoria said: “No-one knows who these two men are. They are in their mid 20s and one is stocky with slightly spiky dark hair and wore a hooded type with bold stripes on it.’’
Malgorzata, known as Rita, had worked at the bar for a year and Tobiasz also joined in more recent times.
Victoria knows the couple very well.
She said: “It is just not like Tobiasz at all and that’s why we are all so worried.
“He would just not leave Rita alone.
“He wants to be a graphic designer and I’d seen a job advertised. He was excited about the possibility and was going to come into the bar on the Friday to put his CV together, but never turned up.
“He has never failed to turn up at the bar before to work and is so reliable.’’
Rita has already said she fears the worst.
“I know Tobiasz so well and know he would never leave me in this country alone,’’ she said. “I fear something bad has happened to him. He would never put me through this agony.’’
The couple have lived together at Longroyd Bridge close to the town centre since moving to Huddersfield in the summer of 2006 to study at Huddersfield University.
Tobiasz is studying for a fine art degree and Rita is taking a media and TV production degree.
Within two days of Tobiasz going missing, Rita and Victoria had put posters up showing a photograph of Tobiasz all around town.
But so far all attempts to trace him have drawn a blank and there has been nothing but silence.
Anyone who has any information should contact Huddersfield police on 0845 6060606 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.