Alice Gross: Police release CCTV footage of teenager as parents appeal for her safe return

Police and relatives are increasingly concerned for Alice, who suffers from anorexia, after she disappeared on 28 August

Natasha Culzac
Friday 05 September 2014 10:00 BST
The parents of Alice Gross are appealing for any information that could help to locate their daughter
The parents of Alice Gross are appealing for any information that could help to locate their daughter (Find Alice Gross/Facebook)

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CCTV footage of Alice Gross’ last known movements has been released by police, as they continue to search for the 14-year-old a week after her disappearance.

Teenager Ms Gross left her home in Hanwell, Ealing, last Thursday at 1pm telling her mother that she’d be back that evening.

She was last seen on CCTV walking alone on the Grand Union Canal towpath at Brentford Lock in Middlesex, wearing dark blue jeans and a dark grey t-shirt at about 3.45pm on 28 August. It is believed she was on her way home.

A purple rucksack she was also carrying was found by police alongside the River Brent on 2 September, which contained some of her belongings.

The parents of Alice, who suffers from anorexia, have renewed their plea for their daughter to come home amid increasing concerns for her welfare and health.

Speaking from their home in west London, Alice’s mother Rosalind said: “We'd like to say to Alice first of all that we miss her, that we love her and that she's not in any trouble, and we want to know that she's safe. We just want her to come home.

“What we've discovered over the course of her disappearance is that she was probably walking on her own more frequently than we realised and perhaps in different areas than we realised.

“But I wasn't surprised that she was seen coming home - that would be much more in keeping with her character, with her behaviour, that she was on her way home.”

It has also emerged that Alice had texted her father Jose at around 3pm to ask when he would get home.

A YouTube video of Alice performing a piano and song recital has also been released.

Alice is still considered a missing person by police, with officers saying there is “no information” as yet to suggest that “anything untoward may have happened”.

“Alice has been unwell and we're now confirming that she had a diagnosis of anorexia,” Rosalind added.

“That was a worry for her, it was troubling for her. But in terms of the particular day there wasn't anything that was out of the ordinary for how she had been over the past few weeks that alerted us to the idea that she may be planning to run away or disappear or anything like that. We were expecting her home.

“It seems that sometimes she was saying that she was going to meet particular people and she wasn't. We're speculating but we think that she may have been walking on those occasions as well.”

Alice’s family and the Metropolitan Police are also appealing for anyone who may have befriended the teenager on a song-writing workshop at the Camden Roundhouse in August to come forward to help the investigation.

According to the Evening Standard, police frogmen are scouring the Grand Union Canal for any clues that may lead to the Brentside High School pupil.

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