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Catalina Covaci found with family members in France

A 15-year-old mum and baby from Penrith who have been missing since December 2012, have been found safe and well with family members in France.

Catalina Covaci and her seven-month-old son Ricardo were found after two months of public appeals, including national and international inquiries.

Ms Covaci made contact with officers to confirm that she and her son were both safe and well.

The pair were last seen leaving their home in Penrith on 19th December.

She then boarded a train bound for Manchester Piccadilly.

"I am delighted to say that Catalina has made contact with us and, after our police colleagues in France visited her and Ricardo on our behalf, we are now able to close our missing person enquiry.

“Catalina and Ricardo are safe and well which is the best outcome we could have hoped for.

“I’d like to thank every single person on the police enquiry team who have spent every day for the last two months scouring streets, looking at CCTV and visiting different homes and businesses.

“I’d like to thank the media for their support and each member of the public who has taken the time to call in."

– Detective Chief Inspector Lesley Hanson, Cumbria Police


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.

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.

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.”

Appeal for information on Romanian mum and baby

Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir, Cumbria Police Credit: ITV Border

Cumbria Police are asking people to contact them if they have any information on a teenage mum and her baby son who have been missing for over a week.

15-year-old Catalina Covaci and her six month old son Ricardo, were last seen leaving their Penrith home on Wednesday 19th December.

Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir siad:

"We just want Catalina or anyone who knows where she is to get in contact and let us know that her and her baby son Ricardo are safe and well. She is not in trouble. Her welfare is our main concern."

Twitter users are being urged to use #helpfindcatalina if they have any information on the missing teenager and baby.