Police appeal to missing Sheffield teen as man arrested

Erika Kacicova
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A man has been arrested on suspicion of abducting a child in connection with a missing teenager from Sheffield.

Police say the twenty-two year old male from Bradford came forward yesterday, after hearing about appeals to find 13-year-old Erika Kacicova.

He is now in Sheffield helping officers with their enquiries to help find Erika, who was last seen at the family home on Poole Road, Darnall, at 4pm on Monday August 5.

South Yorkshire Police declared this as a critical incident on Friday and are urgently appealing for Erika to get in touch to ensure she is safe and well.

Detective Inspector Helen Tate said: “Erika has now been missing for almost five full days and we haven’t had any positive sightings or confirmed contact from her.

“We know she has gone missing before but not for this long.

““She is a young girl, away from home and our main aim is for her to return safe and well.

““We know Erika’s family have friends and acquaintances in the Bradford area, so she may well have travelled to West Yorkshire.

““We are grateful for the calls from the public, so please contact us if you think you know where Erika is.

“Erika, if you are reading this, please let us know you are okay. You aren’t in trouble, we just need to know you are safe.”

police officers and staff in South and West Yorkshire are continuing to search for Erika today.

Officers are carrying out door to door enquiries in Darnall and detectives are working on the information coming in from the public.

A team of South Yorkshire officers have also gone to Bradford to look for her there and work with colleagues in West Yorkshire to help locate the missing teen.

Erika, who has gone missing previously, is described as being around 4ft 11ins tall, Eastern European, of slim build, with long, dark-brown, straight hair and brown eyes.

She was last seen wearing blue jeans, pink polo-style shirt and a silvery-grey coloured jacket.

Anyone with information regarding Erika’s whereabouts should contact South Yorkshire Police on: 101, quoting incident number 508 of 6 August, 2013 and the missing from home reference which is KX/2315/2013.1353.