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.”
One month on- Penrith teenager and baby still missing
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.
"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."