Helcipter search for girl who fell in river near Penzance

Police are concerned for the welfare of a 16-year-old girl who told witnesses she had fallen in a river.

The teenager was last seen at around 7.50am today (Sunday, January 10) walking south on the B3311 at Gulval at the junction with Polmennor Road (Gear Hill) at the junction with Green Lane Hill near Penzance.

She is described as a white female, 16-year-old with a slim build and long dark hair, wearing a black hoody but isn’t wearing shoes.

The teenager had stated she had fallen into a river and lost her bag and wellies somewhere near Treveylor.

A police spokesperson said: “She was wet through, hair frozen and blue in the face. Police wish to identify and locate this female.”

A police helicopter has been circling over Penzance as part of the search for her.

.Any sightings or further information please call 101 quoting log number 0128 10012021.

What you should do if someone goes missing

You should report a missing person to the police if:

  • The person is a child
  • The person is a vulnerable adult
  • The person has been detained (sectioned) under the Mental Health Act or are legally in the care of another person
  • You are concerned for the person’s safety

What you should do

The police ask parents and carers, including staff acting in a parenting role in care homes, to undertake reasonable actions to try and establish the whereabouts of the individual.

This could include, but is not limited to;

  • Attempts to contact the child or adult.
  • Calling friends or family.
  • Visiting areas that the child or adult is known to frequent.
  • Visiting the place where the child or adult was known to be attending (i.e. a friend’s house or party).
  • Checking to see if any items are missing from the home.
  • Checking social media.

Experience has shown that these initial enquiries yield additional information that helps narrow down any police search. In several cases it has resulted in the early return of the missing person and in some cases it has resulted in there being no additional police involvement as the missing person is located before a full missing person search begins.

How do I report a person missing?

You can report a person missing in the following ways:

  • Call 999, if the missing person is a vulnerable adult or a child, or you believe them to be in danger, or
  • Call 101
  • Go to your local police station

What happens when I report a person missing to the police?

We will ask you to provide as many details as possible to enable us to find the missing person quickly.
This could include:

  • Personal details: Name, date of birth
  • Appearance including any distinguishing marks
  • Contact details such as mobile phone number
  • Medical conditions and whether or not these require medication
  • Circumstances under which they went missing
  • Details of friends and relatives
  • Details of places they often visit

We will use this information to determine the level of risk the missing person is at and what the police response should be.

The information you give us will also be put onto the Police National Computer and circulated to all police forces. Initial inquiries will be made to try to find the missing person.

If they are not found the investigation is passed to a nominated officer who will deal with all further enquiries.

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