On the one week anniversary of the day that 14-year-old Alice Gross went missing from her Hanwell home, police have released CCTV footage of her last sighting.
Homicide detectives are now leading the case, as their investigation shows that Alice was walking towards home, and their footage shows Alice walking alone along the Grand Union Canal tow path near the Holiday Inn at Brentford Lock, TW8.
They have released the video in the hope it jogs the memory of anyone who had been walking along the towpath between 1:30 and 5:30pm last Thursday.
On Tuesday they also found a rucksack belonging to Alice alongside the towpath alongside the River Brent containing some of her personal property.
Alice was seen wearing a rucksack style bag in the CCTV and officers are appealing to any witnesses who may have seen her wearing a purple rucksack or seen this bag in the area on or after the day she went missing.
Alice was last seen by her family at 1pm on Thursday, August 28, when she left her home address in Hanwell. She told her family she would be home that evening, but she did not return.
She was captured on CCTV at 2:23pm walking alone on the Grand Union Canal tow path heading in the direction of the Kew. Alice was later captured at the same point along the tow path at 3:45 pm heading in the direction of Hanwell. Enquires continue to establish if there are any further sightings of Alice after this point.
Alice is white, 5 ft 2ins tall and of very slim build with shoulder-length, light brown hair. When last seen, she was wearing dark blue jeans and a dark green lacy cardigan. She was carrying a dark rucksack and may have been wearing denim blue ‘Vans’ shoes and tartan-framed spectacles.
In the CCTV footage it appears that she has taken the cardigan off and is wearing a dark grey t-shirt. Police are especially concerned as Alice has not been in good health recently.
They are also reiterating their appeal for anyone who may have befriended Alice whilst on a song-writing workshop at the Camden Roundhouse in August to come forward and assist police with their investigation.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: “A week on since Alice was last seen by her family we are becoming increasing worried about her welfare and safety as each day passes.
“Her disappearance is out of character and this investigation continues to be a priority for us. Alice has been missing for a considerable period of time and her family are desperate to have her back home where she belongs.
“We are exploring a number of lines of inquires and we urgently require the assistance of public to help us locate Alice. Our investigation has reached a point where we now know Alice was heading along the Grand Union Canal tow path in the direction of Hanwell and one would assume she was heading home.
“I would like to direct appeal to anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us. The information you hold no matter how small may just be the vital piece of information we require.”