VIDEO: Search continues for missing Kettering teenager

Extensive inquiries are continuing today (Tuesday) in Northamptonshire and London in a bid to find missing Kettering teenager Veronica Sbircea.

Tuesday, 23rd August 2016, 3:08 pm
Updated Thursday, 25th August 2016, 8:03 pm
Missing Veronica Sbircea.

It is now almost five weeks since the 15-year-old left her home and there has been no known sighting of her since about 5.15pm on Thursday, July 28.

Despite exhaustive attempts to locate her, Veronica is no longer active on social media.

The schoolgirl is known to have used public transport on a number of occasions in the 24 hours preceding the last sighting of her, but there has been no identifiable movement since.

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Det Supt Elliot Foskett, who is heading the Northamptonshire Police investigation team of more than a dozen detectives, today made a fresh appeal to the public.

He said: “It’s now almost a month since there was a confirmed sighting of Veronica and we remain desperately concerned for her safety.

“Like many teenage girls, Veronica is an avid user of social media networks like Facebook and Snapchat, but her family and friends have not had any contact since July 28.

“In addition, we know she has no access to money and no way of earning an income.

“Once again, we’re saying to the public: if you were in the Brixton Road area of south London at about 5.15pm on Thursday, July 28, we’d ask you to just think again as to whether you might have seen her.

“Veronica has been known to approach people asking to borrow their phone.

“You may have had such an approach and turned it away, but if you did, please let us know.

“This is a very vulnerable young girl and we are becoming more concerned by the day about her safety.

“We have made extensive inquiries in London and that process is ongoing.

“We have also made arrests as part of our investigation, but although we’re still unable to trace her, we remain absolutely determined to do so.”

Veronica, who also goes by the name of Rachel, is white, 5ft, with long straight black hair and brown eyes. Originally from the London area, she attended Kingsmead School in Southbury Road, Enfield.

As part of the ongoing investigation, officers executed a search warrant at an address in the Spencer area of Northampton last Friday.

Those inquiries led to a 26-year-old man from Romford, Essex, being arrested on Saturday on suspicion of child abduction. He was later released on bail until next month.

Detectives have spent the past few days trawling through CCTV footage from at least 20 business premises in the Brixton Road area where Veronica was last seen.

If anyone knows of Veronica’s whereabouts, please contact Northamptonshire Police on 101.