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Missing teen in care of police officers in Bradford

The family of missing teenager Erika Kacicova, who has been found "safe and well" in Bradford today, have been told she is in the care of police officers, South Yorkshire Police said.

Detective Inspector Helen Tate added:

It’s fantastic news that we now have Erika, safe and well and a successful conclusion to the search for Erika.

Our primary aim now is to concentrate on Erika’s wellbeing and begin to piece together her movements since she left home last Monday.

We are working with local authority and partner agencies for the appropriate support for Erika and to assist with the investigation.

I have personally been overwhelmed by the way the public and the media have responded to our appeals and I am extremely grateful for their help and support throughout this investigation.

– Detective Inspector Helen Tate


Police's Slovak appeal in bid to find missing teen

Police searching for missing 13-year-old Erika Kacicova have released a YouTube appeal in her native language Slovak in a bid to find her.

South Yorkshire Police are concerned the appeals to find Erika may not have been heard by people who speak Slovak.

The search for the missing teenager has now entered its second week with a 37-year-old man arrested today on suspicion of child abduction.

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Police believe arrested man had recent contact with teen

Erika Kacicova was last seen at about 4pm on Monday, 5 August Credit: South Yorkshire Police

South Yorkshire Police have said they believe a man arrested overnight on suspicion of child abduction may have had contact with 13-year-old Erika Kacicova since she went missing.

Detective Inspector Helen Tate told reporters: "The arrested man is known to Erika, and is someone I feel has had contact with Erika in the last 48-96 hours."

Officers report sightings of missing teen Erika Kacicova

Police have released new picture of the missing Erika Kacicova. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

Police have released new picture of the missing Erika Kacicova on the evening of her sixth day away from home.

Officers made fresh appeals for the 13-year-old from Sheffield, or anyone who knows her, to contact police on 101 with any sightings or information to help trace her.

Detective Inspector Helen Tate said: “We have had various sightings of Erika today, but as of yet, none have been confirmed.

“It is out of character for Erika to be away from home for so long. We are getting increasingly concerned for her welfare as time goes on."

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Man held over missing teenager released on bail

The 22-year-old man arrested on suspicion of child abduction in connection with a missing Sheffield teenager has been released on bail.

Erika Kacicova, 13, is still missing.
Erika Kacicova, 13, is still missing. Credit: South Yorkshire Police

The man attended a police station in South Yorkshire Police voluntarily after officers said they believed Erika Kacicova, 13, was with a man in Bradford.

South Yorkshire Police are still searching for Erika.

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