Surrey

Esme Smith: Missing 14-year-old found 'safe and well'

  • 23 September 2013
  • From the section Surrey

A 14-year-old Surrey girl who had been missing for more than a week has been found safe and well, Surrey Police said.

Esme Smith was reported missing on 12 September after she told friends she was going to Woking, but was later seen on CCTV at Waterloo Station in London.

Officers said they were told by the Metropolitan Police on Monday that she was at a north London police station.

Her sister Sian had made an appeal on Thursday urging her to return home.

'Unclear what happened'

Nearly 6,000 people "liked" a Facebook page which was created to raise awareness of her disappearance.

Det Supt Jon Savell, of Surrey Police, said: "It is unclear what has happened and where she has been, and establishing that is obviously a priority for us, as is ensuring her health and welfare, and continuing to support her family."

He added: "Throughout our search for Esme, we were very fortunate to have the support of the local community, Esme's school, her friends, the public and the media, and it was as a direct result of the media activity that she was found.

"We have seen huge use of social media, such as Twitter and Facebook, throughout our search and this has been really beneficial but we would now ask that these pages are taken down.

"This has been a very distressing time for Esme and her family and we would ask that their privacy is respected."

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