Police follow up ‘sightings of missing Sheffield teenager

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Police officers searching for a missing teenage girl from Sheffield are following up a number of unconfirmed sightings of the youngster.

Erika Kacicova went missing a week ago today and police have described her disappearance as a ‘critical’ incident.

Officers in South and West Yorkshire are following up ‘various sightings’ of the teenager yesterday to try to establish whether it was the youngster members of the public believe they saw.

Detective Inspector Helen Tate said: “We have had various sightings of Erika, but as of yet, none have been confirmed.

“It is out of character for Erika to be away from home for so long. We are getting increasingly concerned for her welfare as time goes on.

“Erika is only 13, she is young and a normal teenager, who listens to music and spends time with her family and friends. We want her to return safe and well.

“We have around 50 police officers and staff working hard day and night in a bid to find her.

“We’ve received dozens of calls from members of the public, some in West Yorkshire and some to us here in Sheffield. Please keep these calls coming in. We will look into any information you can give us.

“Please contact us on 101 if you think you know where Erika is or may have any information to help find her.”

Erika, from Poole Road, Darnall, went missing at around 4pm on Monday, August 5.

Investigating officers believe Erika may be in Bradford, where she has friends.

A 22-year-old Bradford man who was arrested on suspicion of abduction over the weekend, has been released on police bail.

Erika was last seen wearing dark blue jeans, a denim short-sleeved top over a pink Adidas zip up hoodie.

The hoodie has yellow stripes down the arms and a white Adidas motif on the front.

She was also wearing denim style ankle boots. Erika speaks Slovakian, and English with an Eastern European accent.

Anyone with information should call South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 508 of August 6 and the missing from home reference - KX/2315/2013.1353.