Missing Sheffield schoolgirls ‘have been found’

Eve Martin (left) and Hannah Omar (right) who are missing from home in Sheffield
Eve Martin (left) and Hannah Omar (right) who are missing from home in Sheffield
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TWO schoolgirls who sparked a huge police hunt after going missing for two days are back home today, reunited with their families.

Hannah Omar, from Woodhouse, and Eve Martin, from Aston, both aged 14, were found in Barnsley yesterday after vanishing 48 hours earlier.

But last night Eve’s father, Paul Martin, 46, told The Star the families still did not know exactly where the girls had been.

“All we know is that they have been found,” he said after the news that his daughter had been found safe.

“The police have them and we are waiting for them to come home. We don’t know where they have been.”

He added both families had been ‘worried sick’.

The Aston Academy schoolgirls had last been seen on David Close, Woodhouse, at 5pm on Sunday.

Eve sent a text message to her mum at 8pm that night - and then the pair disappeared.

Yesterday, police officers spent the day visiting addresses where they thought the girls may be before eventually the pair were tracked down.

The circumstances in which they went missing and were found have not been revealed - but South Yorkshire Police had issued an appeal for help in tracing them which said officers were ‘concerned for their welfare’.

Photographs of the girls were issued by the police in the hope members of the public would recognise them and posters of the girls were put up across Sheffield.

Hannah and Eve are due to return to Aston Academy today, where they will be starting in Year 10.

Hannah had been missing from home before, but Mr Martin said it was ‘completely out of character’ for his daughter to disappear.

Speaking before the girls were found, Mr Martin said: “Eve was supposed to be staying at Hannah’s house that night and her mum had sent her a text at about 8pm asking if she was okay and Eve sent one back saying she was alright.

“Because Hannah has been missing before she is watched closely, and the girls were due at her house at 9pm. So when it got to 9.10pm and they hadn’t turned up her mum rang Eve’s mum and that’s when they were reported missing.

“This is completely out of character for Eve.”

Friends and relatives of the girls turned to social media sites including Twitter to publicise their disappearance.

Eve’s sister, Lucy Martin, started tweeting at around 6pm on Monday, when she wrote: “Little sister Eve Martin gone missing.“If anyone has seen or heard from her please can you contact me.”

In another tweet on Monday, she wrote: “Still praying and hoping she’s found tonight. Searching everywhere. If anyone has heard anything contact the police ASAP.”

She added: “We just want her home safe.”

Lucy posted photographs and revealed that although both girls had taken their mobile phones with them, they were switched off when they were missing.

One of Eve’s friends also expressed her concerns for the girls on Twitter.

She wrote: “Just really worried. This isn’t like Eve at all.”