Seven-year-old missing from eastern Latvia for ten days

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The search for seven-year-old Justīne Reinikova, missing from Rēzekne municipality, Nautrēnu parish, Rogovka village, is still ongoing, the State Police said on May 15.

Meanwhile, the police have detained a young man for misleading the family of the missing girl for knowingly providing false information about the girl's alleged whereabouts. On the evening of May 10, the State Police was informed that the family members of the missing seven-year-old Justīne Reinikova had received calls from a man who claimed to be a police officer and claimed that the girl had been found murdered in the woods in the village of Malta. The information was immediately checked and was found to be untrue.

It has been clarified that this misinformation was provided by a man born in 2004. He has been seen many times by the police for various offenses. The person was detained and placed in temporary detention on the same evening, and on May 12, was taken into custody. Criminal proceedings for hooliganism (Article 231 of the Criminal Law) have been initiated and the investigation is ongoing.

Meanwhile, the State Police continue their search for Justīne, checking any information that has been received.

The police are still assuming that the girl had left her courtyard and gone in an unknown direction on her own.

At the same time, since several surrounding areas have been searched several times. State police are also in regular communication with those volunteers who continue searching for the girl on terrain, the police said.

Seven-year-old Justīne Reinikova has been missing for ten days now. 

On Friday, May 5, Justīne left her residence at about 19:00, in Rēzekne municipality, Nautrēnu parish, Rogovka village, and has not returned. Her height is 124 centimeters. Justīne has blond shoulder-length hair. She has health problems and speaks unclearly. 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 should call 67006734 or 110.

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