The relieved parents of Sheffield schoolgirl Erika Kacicova have spoken to The Star of their joy after their daughter was found following a week-long search.
A squad of 50 officers conducted a major hunt across two counties for Erika, pictured left, who turned 13 just two days before she vanished.
Yesterday her mum Jana told The Star: “We are very happy.
“When the police came to say she had been found, we were so relieved. I was crying when she was gone, it was so upsetting she was not in the house. We want to see Erika desperately.”
Dad Stefan added: “It feels good to know Erika has been found. We are looking forward to seeing her back home again.”
Yesterday three people
arrested by police on suspicion of child abduction were still in custody being questioned about Erika’s disappearance.
The schoolgirl, who was located safe and well on her own in Bradford city centre, was being interviewed too, to help detectives piece together where she had been.
She is described as being ‘well and in good spirits’ as she speaks to specially-trained police officers.
Erika’s parents - joined by her little sister Bozena, 10, and brother Stefan, 11 - spoke to The Star through a Slovakian family friend as interpreter at their home in Poole Road, Darnall.
Her mother and father said they had no answers as to why the teenager had gone, but wanted to thank police for finding her.
Mum Jana - who was injured in a car crash in Rotherham on Monday only hours before Erika was found - said: “We haven’t been told who she was with, only that five people had been arrested.”
Erika, described by police as a friendly schoolgirl who loves music, went missing on Monday, August 5, after visiting a Sheffield park.
Neighbours on Poole Road said they were relieved Erika had been found.
Ivana Horvathova, 21, said: “I was scared about where she was because she is young and was somewhere on her own.
“We have been checking the news all the time.
“She would always say hello when we saw her in the street and was very friendly.”
A 38-year-old man, a 41-year-old man, and a 43-year-old man from Bradford remained in custody yesterday.
A 30-year-old woman from Bradford has been released on bail pending further inquiries, and an 18-year-old man from Bradford has been released without charge.
Detective Inspector Helen Tate said: “There is a still a long way to go with this investigation.
“It is going to take some time to piece together all the information we are still gathering before we fully understand exactly what happened during the days that she was missing from home.”