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21-year-old woman and her 18-month old son missing in UK

Ileana Tomoiaga
Ileana Tomoiaga

A 21-year-old woman has disappeared with her 18-month-old son after they failed to return after leaving home on new year's eve to go to the shops.

Sussex Police issued an appeal to the public to help trace Ileana Tomoiaga and her son Daniel, who have not been seen since they left their home in Furnace Road, Uckfield, East Sussex, at 2.30pm on December 31.

Ms Tomoiaga had said she was going to a nearby Tesco Express to buy a bottle of wine and a phone charger but police believe she did not go to the store or any other shops in the town.

Her family reported them missing on January 1 after making inquiries with friends and relatives.

Shannon Marchesani, of the East Sussex Missing Persons team, said: "The evidence at present shows that Ileana left home completely of her own accord and there are still no suspicious circumstances.

"However, she did not leave with anything to prepare either of them for even a short stay away, and nothing has been heard since.

"We are naturally increasingly concerned for their welfare, and at the very least we ask Ileana to contact us so that we can confirm that she and her son are safe."

Ms Tomoiaga previously lived in Willesden, north-west London, and officers are in contact with the Metropolitan Police to widen the search to that area.

Ms Tomoiaga is described as white, 5ft 5in, slim with long red straight hair and pale skin, and was wearing a black leather jacket, black trousers and brown boots. She speaks English, with a Romanian accent.