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Cumbria and Manchester Police join forces to search for missing mum

Searches have been carried out at houses across Manchester by Cumbria and Manchester Police looking for a missing 15-year-old and her baby.

It is believed Catalina Covaci, who is a Romany gypsy, may be with friends or family in the city.

The teenager and her 7-month-old son, Ricardo, disappeared from their home in Penrith in Cumbria more than a month ago.

As well as looking for the pair, officers have been trying to find clothes or documents they could link to them.

PC Karen Singleton from Cumbria Police said:

Searches in Manchester for missing Penrith mum and baby

Police are carrying out searches in Manchester Credit: ITV Border

Searches are being carried out at houses across Manchester by police searching for a 15-year-old girl and her baby.

Catalina Covaci and seven-month-old son Ricardo went missing from their home in Penrith in Cumbria on 19th December.

Officers believe the pair may be with extended friends or family in the Manchester area.

Catalina is originally from Romania and has strong links with Romanian and travelling communities across the UK and Europe.

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Detectives make a direct appeal to anyone shielding a missing teenager and her baby

Detectives are appealing to anyone who is shielding a teenager and her baby to come forward, a month after they went missing.

15 year old Catalina Covaci, who is originally from Romania, left her home in Penrith on the 19th December and caught a train to Manchester.

They have also made enquires in France. At this stage, they don't believe the pair have come to any harm, and are possibly with extended family or friends, but need to know they are safe and well.

Officers from Cumbria Police have searched homes in Northumbria, Manchester and the Midlands but have found no trace of them.

Detectives appeal directly to anyone who is shielding missing Catalina Covaci and her baby

Catalina and Ricardo Covaci have been missing for more than one month Credit: ITV Border

Detectives are appealing to anyone who is shielding a teenager and her baby to come forward, a month after they went missing.

15 year old Catalina Covaci, who is originally from Romania, left her home in Penrith on the 19th December and caught a train to Manchester.

They have also made enquires in France. At this stage, they don't believe the pair have come to any harm, and are possibly with extended family or friends, but need to know they are safe and well.

Officers from Cumbria Police have searched homes in Northumbria, Manchester and the Midlands but have found no trace of them.

Public thanked for help over search for missing Penrith teenager

Members of the public have been thanked for assisting the police with their search for missing Penrith mum, Catalina Covaci.

The 15-year-old has not been seen since 19th December, when she left her home with her six-month-old son Ricardo.

Police launched an appeal to trace a lady seen speaking to Ms Covaci at Manchester Piccadilly station on the afternoon of 19th December.

A CCTV image of the lady was released, and four phone calls have been received offering information, including one from the commuter who was speaking to Ms Covaci.

“We want to thank everyone who has taken the time to look at Catalina and Ricardo’s photographs and phone in with information.

"The information we have received has been helpful and each potential sighting has been followed up.

“Catalina and Ricardo have been missing for over a month. At this stage in the investigation, the smallest piece of information could make a big difference to us so I’d urge anyone who can, to call us and help.

"These two children are vulnerable and need to be located, quickly. Please, if you know where they are or if you think you have seen them, get in touch.”

– Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir, Cumbria Police

Anyone with information is asked to ring Cumbria Police by calling 101 or call Crimestoppers to provide information anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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One month on- Penrith teenager and baby still missing

Six month old Ricardo Covaci Credit: ITV Border

The six-month-old son of a missing Penrith teenager has been released, on the four week anniversary of their disappearance.

15-year-old Catalina Covaci was last seen with her baby son Ricardo at her home in Penrith on 19th December.

Police have released several CCTV images of the teen and an appeal was made to a woman seen talking to Ms Covaci at around 1.40pm on 19th December, at Manchester Piccadilly Station.

Cumbria Police say she’s known to have links in the London, Manchester, Oldham and Glasgow areas but also has strong connections to Romanian and travelling communities around the country.

Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir, from Cumbria Police, has been leading the investigation.

She said:

"This is an unusual and concerning investigation due to the fact that Catalina and Ricardo are so young and have not been in touch with their guardians or local friends to say they are safe and well for one month now.

"Numerous calls have come in from members of the public who believe they may have seen Catalina in the Manchester area.

All of these have been followed up, however, we have not yet been able to locate Catalina.

"If anyone knows anything about Catalina and Ricardo’s movements since 19 December, or their current whereabouts, please get in touch with us now by calling Cumbria police on 101."

Appeal to commuter who spoke to missing Penrith mum

A CCTV image has been released of a commuter seen talking to a missing Penrith teenager.

Police are appealing to the lady who was chatting to 15-year-old Catalina Covaci at around 1.40pm in Manchester Piccadilly station on the day she went missing (19th December).

The teenager left her home in Penrith, with her six-month-old son Ricardo, after telling her guardians she was going into town.

She was seen at Penrith Train station on the morning she went missing, before taking a train to Manchester.

“CCTV investigation has revealed that Catalina spoke to a woman when she arrived in Manchester Piccadilly train station on the afternoon she went missing.

"It is incredibly important that we trace this witness to find out what Catalina said, whether she asked for help or whether she indicated where she may be going.

“We are into the fourth week of her disappearance and her family in Penrith are distressed and we need to ensure that we locate them both-quickly."

– Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir, Cumbria Police

CCTV image of commuter who spoke to missing Penrith teenager

CCTV image of Catalina Covaci with commuter in Manchester Piccadilly station Credit: Cumbria Police

A CCTV image has been released of a commuter speaking to a missing Penrith teenager at Manchester Piccadilly station.

Police are appealing to the woman seen talking to Catalina Covaci at around 1.40pm on 19th December, when she was last seen with her six-month-old son Ricardo.

The lady is described as wearing a black jacket, a black hat and carrying several black bags.

Anyone who has information about the commuter or Catalina and Ricardo is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

International search underway for missing Penrith girl and her baby son

Police are searching in France to try and find a 15 year old girl and her baby son. Catalina Covaci and six month old Ricardo were last seen at her home in Penrith on 19th December. Police know she caught a train from Penrith to Manchester Piccadilly.

Officers have contacted Interpol and a search has now begun internationally with enquiries so far extending to France, where she has family. She is originally from Romania and has links with Romanian and travelling communities.

We are stepping up our efforts to trace Catalina and Ricardo and believe that someone out there is helping them. This will have been Ricardo’s first Christmas and Catalina may well have wanted to travel to visit family, friends or acquaintances. However time is going on and we need to know that they are safe.

– Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir

The #helpfindcatalina hashtag has been launched on Twitter in a bid to reach a wider audience and in the hope that the online community will spread the word and come forward with information.

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