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Bag Belonging To Missing Alice Gross Found By River

Thursday 4th August 2014

Police looking for a missing 14 year old girl say a bag found by a canal in north London is hers.

CCTV of what is thought to be the last sighting of Alice Gross

Alice Gross disappeared a week ago from her home in Hanwell her rucksack.

CCTV shows the teenager walking alone along the tow path by the Grand Union Canal near the Holiday Inn at Brentford Lock and is believed to be the last known sighting of her.

Detectives are asking anyone who was walking along the towpath between 1.30pm and 5.30pm last Thursday to contact them.

On Tuesday her rucksack was foundby the towpath alongside the River Brent. Alice was wearing a purple rucksack style bag when she was last seen.

She had left her home in Hanwell at 1pm that day, promising her family that she would be back that evening.

CCTV shows her walking along the towpath at 2.23pm heading in the direction of Kew and then again at 3.45pm heading in the direction of Hanwell, where she lives.

Alice is white, 5 ft 2ins tall and of very slim build with shoulder-length, light brown hair. When last seen, she was wearing dark blue jeans and a dark green lacy cardigan. She was carrying a dark rucksack and may have been wearing denim blue 'Vans' shoes and tartan-framed spectacles.

Officers are also appealling for anyone who may have befriended Alice whilst on a song-writing workshop at the Camden Roundhouse in August to contact them.

Alice Gross

It was revealed yesterday that detectives from the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) have taken over the investigation - although they have stressed it is still being treated as a missing person's case. 

They say there 'is no information at this stage to suggest that anything untoward may have happened to Alice' - but have also said they are concerned as Alice has not been in good health recently.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command said: "A week on since Alice was last seen by her family we are becoming increasing worried about her welfare and safety as each day passes.

"Her disappearance is out of character and this investigation continues to be a priority for us. Alice has been missing for a considerable period of time and her family are desperate to have her back home where she belongs.

"We are exploring a number of lines of inquires and we urgently require the assistance of public to help us locate Alice. Our investigation has reached a point where we now know Alice was heading along the Grand Union Canal tow path in the direction of Hanwell and one would assume she was heading home.

"I would like to direct appeal to anyone who has any information to come forward and speak to us. The information you hold no matter how small may just be the vital piece of information we require."