Detectives are still appealing for the public’s help in their search for missing teenager Alice Gross, who went missing two weeks today.
They have denied any allegations that a family disagreement sparked Alice’s disappearance and assured the public that if someone found Alice’s rucksack before they did they are not in trouble.
Detectives have pieced together the last known sightings of Alice on that Thursday, August 28, from CCTV but they still have not heard from any witnesses who actually saw her after 4:30 pm that day.
The team urgently needs to hear from anyone who saw Alice between 1:02 pm, when she was in Church Path, and 4:26 pm when she was walking along Trumpers Way, towards Hanwell. So far no CCTV has been traced that shows Alice after this time.
Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers, who is leading the investigation to find Alice, said: “Today I am asking for some very specific help from the public. We know that Alice’s bag was first found the day after she was last seen by two builders, who we have spoken to, who put it back down in the same spot on the towpath.
“What we do not know is if anyone saw or found Alice’s bag between when she was last caught on CCTV and when the builders found it.
“In that bag was a pair of Vans trainers, which we think she was wearing when she left home, underwear, her lunch box and the rubbish from her lunch. We also know that Alice’s iPhone was last used to send a text to her Dad on that Thursday.
“I need to know if anyone found Alice’s bag before the builders and was anything taken from it, or if anyone has her iPhone. Did you find or see a white iPhone 4s with a cracked rear case, that Alice had decorated with marker pen? If you did do you still have it?
“There has been speculation that a family disagreement sparked Alice’s disappearance. It didn’t. Alice went out that day just like usual. Her family are distraught. Their daughter has now not been seen or heard from for 14 days. Please help us find Alice and bring her home to them.”
Anyone with any information is asked to contact the investigation team on 020 8358 0100, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.