The father of a teenage girl missing from her Sheffield home for a week spoke to The Star to make a desperate plea for her to return.
Thirteen-year-old Erika Kacicova’s dad Stefan, of Poole Road, Darnall, said he and wife Yana had been frantic with worry since their eldest child failed to return from a local park.
The Slovakian dad-of-three, speaking through a family friend as interpreter, told The Star: “There has been no sleeping, no eating for six days now.
“All the family want her back. We’d be very happy if she came back.”
In a direct plea to Erika, a pupil at Parkwood Academy, he added: “Just come back, you are not in trouble.”
Around 50 police officers have conducted a major search across two counties for Erika, in what the force said is a ‘critical’ incident.
A 22-year-old man from Bradford was arrested on suspicion of child abduction after handing himself in, but was released on bail yesterday morning.
Police visited the family home yesterday as the search for Erika - who has gone missing before, but never for as long a period - continued across South and West Yorkshire.
At a press conference outside Ecclesfield police station, Det Insp Helen Tate appealed for Erika to get in touch and for the public to keep coming forward.
“There have been various lines of investigation that have taken us out of South Yorkshire into West Yorkshire, particularly Bradford, that have led us to believe she may be there,” she said.
“Everything we know to date has led us to believe she is with people she knows.
“The family, quite naturally, are distraught.
“Erika, please be assured our primary interest is your welfare and your safety, we want you to come to us and let us know. I need you to know you haven’t done anything wrong, we will take care of you.”
Erika is 4ft 11ins tall, slim, with long dark hair and brown eyes. Call police on 101 quoting incident 508 of August 6.