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An update on the investigation into the disappearance of 14-year-old Alice Gross reveals that the last sighting of the teenager was on a canal tow path heading towards Kew.
Alice was last seen by her family at 1pm last Thursday, August 28, when she left her Hanwell home, telling them that she would be returning that evening.
At 2:43pm she was captured on CCTV walking alone on the Grand Union Canal tow path near the Holiday Inn at Brentford Lock, heading in the direction of the River Thames.
Police continue to investigate whether there were any further sightings of Alice after that point.
They are especially concerned as Alice has not been in good health recently.
On Monday, Alice’s family made an emotional appeal for her to return home and asked 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 (HMCC) said: “As a matter of course the investigation has now been taken over by the Homicide and Major Crime Command but we continue to liaise closely with our borough colleagues to find Alice. It is not unusual in circumstances such as this for the HMCC to provide additional expertise and a fresh perspective to support and progress the investigation.
“I would like to stress that there is no change to the status of this investigation. This is and continues to be treated as a missing person’s inquiry and our involvement is due to the fact that we have a vulnerable missing young girl who needs to be located as a matter of priority.
“I would like to thank the local community and those who have kept the appeal in the public domain by using social media to highlight Alice’s disappearance. This has generated a number of leads and I would urge anyone who has any information that has yet to get in contact with us to please do.
“In particular I would like to speak with anyone who may have seen Alice on the Grand Union Canal or River Brent Towpaths during the afternoon of Thursday 28 August.”
Anyone who has seen Alice or has information that may assist the investigation should call the Incident Room on 020 8358 0100 or Ealing Missing Persons Unit on 020 8246 1018 or 101. Alternatively call the charity Missing People on 116000.