Missing teen found “safe and well” after major six-week international operation

Pamela Horvathova, 16, of Darnall was found yesterday afternoon at an address in Sheffield after being reported missing on 24 December.

Angela Foulkes, chief executive and principal at Sheffield College where Horvathova attended said: “This is such fantastic news that Pamela has been found. We feel an overwhelming sense of happiness and relief”

“I’d also like to pay tribute to all of our staff and students who have supported the campaign to find Pamela.”

Horvathova was last seen at an event at iceSheffield in Attercliffe on December 19.

Appeals for information on her whereabouts had been made to member of Sheffield’s Roma community, with hundred attending an event at Fir Vale.

Appeals were also made in Horvathova’s hometown in Slovakia where police conducted searches.

Police also made use of a van featuring Horvathova’s face which roamed Sheffield appealing for information.

After three weeks with no new information, police upgraded the incident to ‘critical’ after which they began searching the River Don and Sheffield canal near to her last known location.

Leader of the investigation, Supt Paul McCurry said: “We’d like to thank the public, the Roma Slovak community and the media for their help in sharing our appeals.”

“We’re so glad that Pamela has been found safe and well and I’d also like to thank all of the officers who worked hard on the investigation.”

Darnall Councillor and Cabinet Member for Business and Investment said: “Great news and well done to everyone involved.”

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