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19 February 2013, 06:00
Police searching for a missing teenage mum will visit areas in Manchester where they think she might be staying with her baby son.
15-year-old Catalina Covaci and her seven-month-old son, Ricardo, boarded a train from Penrith in Cumbria to Manchester on 19th December 2012 and haven't been seen since.
Two months on, officers from both Cumbria and Greater Manchester Police will visit Romanian and Roma communities in Manchester and hand out leaflets.
Catalina is originally from Romania, but lived in France for four years before moving to Cumbria in 2011.
Temporary Detective Chief Inspector Lesley Hanson said: "We are doing everything we can to raise awareness of Catalina and Ricardo’s disappearance and still believe that there are people out there who know where they are.
"Catalina is 15 and is described as having very long straight hair which is often worn in a bun. She is of a medium-heavy build and has a dark complexion.
"She is young, vulnerable, has no money and left Penrith with her baby son. Finding them safe and well is my team’s absolute priority.
"Over the last eight weeks, police have searched 18 addresses in six different policing areas, progressed in excess of 200 lines of enquiry, and taken over twenty witness statements. We won’t leave a stone unturned until we find them.
"Catalina has established links with the Romanian and Roma travelling communities and we are continuing to appeal for their help so that we ensure her and her son are safe and well.
"We have made countless appeals for help from the public and I’d like to thank all those who have called in with information.
"We are now doing everything we can to raise awareness of their disappearance amongst the Romanian and Roma travelling communities as we believe someone out there is helping them, or may know where they are.
"If you think you may have seen Catalina or Ricardo – or think you may have information that can help us – please come forward and contact Carlisle police urgently on 101."