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garda appeal Gardaí release photo of car at centre of search for missing Svetlana Murphy (14)

Svetlana Murphy left her home on the Coast Road in Blackrock, Co Louth at around 4pm on Monday.

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Svetlana Murphy

Svetlana Murphy

Svetlana and Nojus are travelling in a silver Hyundai Veloster car

Svetlana and Nojus are travelling in a silver Hyundai Veloster car

The car they are travelling in is registration number 132-D-13518

The car they are travelling in is registration number 132-D-13518

Nojus Maculevicius

Nojus Maculevicius

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Svetlana Murphy

Gardai have initiated a Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) Alert in their search for a missing 14-year-old girl, saying they have concerns that there is ”an immediate and serious risk to her health or welfare”.

Svetlana Murphy left her home on the Coast Road in Blackrock, Co Louth at around 4pm on Monday.

She is described as 5 foot 1 inch in height with a slim build. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

At the time she went missing, Svetlana was wearing navy tracksuit bottoms with a red and white stripe on the leg, a black zipped top and black runners.

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Nojus Maculevicius

Nojus Maculevicius

Nojus Maculevicius

Svetlana is in the company of 18-year-old Nojus Maculevicius, who is described as being 6 foot in height with a slim build.

He has dark brown hair and he is clean shaven. He was wearing dark grey Snickers work trousers and a black Snickers top. He may also have been wearing a khaki green hoody, and either black boots or Adidas runners.

They are travelling in a silver Hyundai Veloster car, with registration number 132-D-13518.

Gardaí are satisfied that Svetlana and Nojus travelled from Blackrock, Co. Louth to Newry, Co. Down on Monday and were seen there at approximately 7pm that night.

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The silver Hyundai Veloster car, with registration number 132-D-13518 that Svetlana and Nojus are understood to be travelling in

The silver Hyundai Veloster car, with registration number 132-D-13518 that Svetlana and Nojus are understood to be travelling in

The silver Hyundai Veloster car, with registration number 132-D-13518 that Svetlana and Nojus are understood to be travelling in

Gardaí are satisfied the Hyundai Veloster car was in the greater Belfast area at 5.35pm on Wednesday evening.

Gardaí are not aware of Svetlana’s and Nojus’ whereabouts at this time.

A garda spokesperson said: “Following investigations to date, An Garda Síochána now have serious concerns that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of Svetlana.”

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The silver Hyundai Veloster car that Svetlana and Nojus are understood to be travelling in

The silver Hyundai Veloster car that Svetlana and Nojus are understood to be travelling in

The silver Hyundai Veloster car that Svetlana and Nojus are understood to be travelling in

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The public is urged not to approach those involved but instead immediately contact gardaí on 999 or 112 with as much information as possible.

Speaking on RTÉ Radio’s Morning Ireland, Garda spokesperson Superintendent Liam Geraghty said that gardaí believe that the missing pair have not left Ireland.

“It’s our understanding at the moment, or our belief at the moment, is that Svetlana and Nojus are still on the island of Ireland, and that is why the Child Rescue Ireland has issued last night,” he said.

“We’re are very anxious to speak to Svetlana and make sure she is safe and well.

“We would urge either Svetlana or Nojus, if they are listening to this programme, or hear these alerts going on today to make contact themselves with us so that we can find out that Svetlana is safe and well, and get her back to her family.

“It is a very difficult time for her family we’re liaising very, very carefully with them at the moment –there’s an officer working with them,” he said.

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