Missing Alice Gross: Homicide Detectives Take Charge
Wednesday 3rd September 2014
Homicide detectives have taken over the search for missing 14 year old Alice Gross as it is revealed she was last seen on a canal tow path.
Alice's family last saw her at 1pm on Thursday, 28th August when she left their home in Hanwell promising to return that evening.
She was captured on CCTV at 2.23pm walking alone on the Grand Union
Canal tow path near the Holiday Inn at Brentford Lock, heading in the direction of the River Thames and again at 3.45pm walking in the other direction, back to Hanwell.
When she was last seen Alice 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.
Police are especially concerned as Alice has not been in good health recently.
Officers are also appealling for anyone who may have befriended Aliec at a songwriting workshop at Camden Roundhouse last month to contact them.
Detectives say they are still treating it as a missing person's inquiry - but due to its high risk nature and the concerns
for Aliceís welfare the Homicide and Major Crime Command (HMCC) are now
leading the investigationg.
"As a matter of course the investigation has now been taken over by the Homicide and Major Crime Command but we continue to liaise closely with our borough colleagues to find Alice," Detective Chief Inspector Andy Chalmers from the HMCC) said.
is not unusual in circumstances such as this for the HMCC to provide
additional expertise and a fresh perspective to support and progress the
ďI would like to stress that there is no change to the status of this investigation. This is and continues to be treated as a missing personís inquiry and our involvement is due to the fact that we have a vulnerable missing young girl who needs to be located as a matter of priority."
Anyone who has seen Alice or has information that may assist the investigation should call the Incident Room on 020 8358 0100 or Ealing Missing Persons Unit on 020 8246 1018 or 101. Alternatively call the charity Missing People on 116000.
Alice's sister, Nina, has set up a Facebook page to appeal for information which can be found here>>