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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."