Police, volunteers search for seven-year-old in Rēzekne municipality

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The Ziemeļlatgale State Police Department is looking for Justīne Reinikova, born in 2016, who has been missing since Friday, May 5, the police said on Saturday.

On Friday, May 5, the girl left her residence at about 19:00, in Rēzekne municipality, Nautrēnu parish, Rogovka village, and has not returned until now, nor is her whereabouts known.

Her height is 124 centimeters. Justīne has blond shoulder-length hair. The girl has unspecified health problems, she is non-verbal. She wore a short pink windbreaker, a white sweater, black jeans, and black fabric shoes.

State police ask that anyone who knows her possible location call 67006734 or 110.

The police indicated that throughout the night, service resources from the State Border Guard, the National Guard, the K9 Sos People Search, and volunteers, have been attached to the search. A large number of human resources are involved in the search, as well as a State Border Guard helicopter, State Police drones, and thermal cameras.

Deputy Chief of the Ziemeļlatgale police station Guntars Kračus told Latvian Television on Saturday evening that the search continues. The police representative revealed that there were reports that the girl had been seen, but that information would still be verified.

“For the given moment, there are enough [volunteers]. [Search] groups are divided, sites are surveyed, we continue searching. We are continuing our search activities and we will continue. Let's hope we can find the girl,” Kračus said.

As reported by Latvian Radio and Latvian Television on Sunday, since the girl went missing, an area spanning 20 kilometers from Justīne's residence has been searched, including bodies of water, some ponds have been drenched. Search works continued on the night to Monday.

The police currently think the girl left her residence herself and walked off.

Local residents surveyed by Latvian Radio said the family had moved to Rogovka in the last few months, whereas the parish chairwoman Līvija Plavinska said that the family had previously been on the radar of the Orphans' Court.

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