Police search for missing teenager and baby

A vulnerable teenager has gone missing with her infant son.

Concerns are growing for missing Catalina Covaci, 15, who is originally from Romania, and her six-month old son Ricardi.

Catalina has been in Penrith in Cumbria for more than a year but also has family associates all over the country.

This includes Manchester, Oldham, Glasgow, Hull and London.

She was last seen on Wednesday December 19 when she left home telling her guardians she was going to Penrith town centre.

The investigations to date has confirmed Catalina got on the train from Penrith Station, bound for Manchester Picadilly at around 2.40pm on December 19.

And she may have travelled further on to Oldham with her son. Police would like to know if she is travelling with anyone else.

She is described as having very long straight hair that was dyed red the last time she was seen. She often wears her hair in a bun. She is of a slim build and was last seen wearing a leopard print skirt, fake leather coat and black boots.

Detective Inspector Furzana Nazir is coordinating the search for Catalina: She said: “We are really worried about the welfare of Catalina due to her age, the fact she has her baby son with her and has very little money.

“She is vulnerable due to her age and we need to ensure her and her son are both ok. We have contacted colleagues in neighbouring forces and are appealing to the people of Cumbria to look carefully at her photograph and call us if they believe they’ve seen her.

“There is suggestion she may have been trying to contact some connections she has in Manchester or the Oldham area or may even be attempting to leave the country.

“She is not in any trouble – we just need to make sure she is safe and well this Christmas. She has strong connections within the Romanian community and we are confident that somebody out there knows where she is or will have information that can help us trace her.

“If you think you’ve seen someone matching Catalina’s description, get in touch with us immediately on 101.”