Detective Inspector Helen Tate (left)
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Police believe missing Erika Kacicova 'is alive'

Detectives searching for missing girl Erika Kacicova say they believe the 13-year-old is alive.

Erika was last seen leaving her home in Darnall, Sheffield, at 16:00 BST on 5 August.

Police say a 37-year-old man arrested earlier in Bradford on suspicion of child abduction had been in contact with her in the past four days.

Detective Inspector Helen Tate told reporters there have been unconfirmed sightings over the last 48 - 72 hours.

''When pieced together with other information, intelligence we've had, it does lead me to believe that Erika is alive,'' she said.

  • 12 Aug 2013
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