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Alice Gross hunt detectives seek killer in Latvia

By Margaret Davis

British detectives have travelled to Latvia in the hunt for missing teenager Alice Gross and a convicted murderer who is the prime suspect in her disappearance.

Scotland Yard is also carrying out a review of the early stages of its investigation "as quickly as possible" after coming under fire for delays in asking for Latvian assistance in finding convicted killer Arnis Zalkalns.

Fourteen-year-old Alice was caught on CCTV on August 28 walking alongside the Grand Union Canal in west London back towards her home in Hanwell and has not been seen since.

Zalkalns, who served seven years in prison after he was convicted of bludgeoning and stabbing his wife Rudite Zalkalns to death in his native country, passed the same spot 15 minutes later.

He vanished on September 3, six days after Alice was last seen and after murder detectives took over the investigation into her disappearance.

A reward of up to £20,000 is being offered for anyone who has information that leads detectives to find Alice.

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