Belfast Telegraph

Mystery of girl found on street

Police have taken the unprecedented step of publishing a photograph of a missing child who turned up distressed on a city centre street.

Despite several weeks of investigation, and following 115 lines of inquiry, detectives in Ireland remain baffled about the identity of the young girl.

It is believed she is either 14 or 15 years old and European. She has been taken into State care.

The girl was found on Dublin's O'Connell Street - the Irish capital's main shopping thoroughfare - in a dazed state by gardai on a routine afternoon patrol on October 10.

Superintendent Dave Taylor said she has limited English and has drawn some sketches in an attempt to communicate her ordeal, which remains a mystery to investigators.

"This investigation has involved over 2,000 hours, engaging with all the relevant authorities and all the relevant specialists in this area, but unfortunately we have been unable to identify her," he said.

"At the moment we need to find out who this child is."

Anyone with any information is urged to contact gardai at +353 1 666 8100 or storestreetappeal@garda.ie

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