Police search for man who went missing week after Alice Gross

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Detectives have released details of a man who disappeared the week after missing teenager Alice Gross.

Latvian Arnis Zalkalns, 41, was last seen at home in Ealing during the evening of Wednesday September 3, six days after the 14-year-old was last seen.

It is believed he left home early the next day to travel to work, but he did not meet his friend as usual at 8am to cycle together as usual.

His normal route would take him along the Grand Union Canal and he rides a red Trek Mountain Bike, and his family reported him missing on the Friday as they are worried at his out of character disappearance.

Mr Zalkalns is white, 5ft 10ins, stocky build with dark brown hair, that he normally wears tied in a pony tail.

Detective Superintendent Carl Mehta, from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, said:

“It is completely out of character for Arnis to go missing. His family is very worried about him. I am asking for anyone who has seen him, or knows where he is to get in touch.

“Given the time that Arnis was last seen, and that he travels to work along a similar route to the one we know Alice took on the 28 August I am really keen to speak to him. At this stage, we simply want to speak to him, as he may well have important information that can help our search for Alice.

“I would stress that based on what we know now there is no evidence to suggest that Arnis and Alice knew each other. This continues to be a fast moving investigation, and this is one of a number of lines of enquiry that we are urgently looking into.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact 020 8353 0100, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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