Tuesday 27 September 2016

Manhunt underway as young girl (14) 'abducted' from home found 'safe' in Spain

Kim Pilling

Published 14/07/2015 | 17:12

Undated handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Camilia Lupu
Undated handout photo issued by Greater Manchester Police of Camilia Lupu

A 14-year-old girl who went missing from her UK home last month has handed herself in to Spanish authorities.

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Police believe Camilia Lupu may have been abducted and taken to Spain after she vanished from her home in Oldham, Greater Manchester.

Yesterday, the teenager - originally from Romania - handed herself in to police in the Almerian province, said Greater Manchester Police (GMP).

Her parents made a public appeal last week to try to trace her following her disappearance from a relative's home in Plymouth Street on June 26.

Romanian national Alin Coman, 37, who Camilia was believed to be travelling with, remains wanted by GMP on suspicion of child abduction.

He is described as white, about 1.8 metres, of slim build with short, dark receding hair and a mole in the middle of his forehead.

Detective Inspector Mark McDowall said: "Obviously everyone is delighted with the news that Camilia is safe, well and under the protection of the Spanish police.

"Greater Manchester Police is now working with the Spanish authorities and social services in the United Kingdom to bring her home.

"I would like to personally thank those members of the media who assisted us with the appeal. As a direct result of that coverage a young girl has escaped potential harm and will hopefully now be returned home safely."

Anyone with information of Coman's whereabouts is asked to call 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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