Gardaí have issued a Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) alert and are said to be seriously concerned about the welfare of a 14-year-old girl who left her home on Monday.
Gardaí say that Svetlana Murphy went missing from her home in Coast Road, Blackrock, Co. Louth at 4pm on Monday and that she is in the company of 18-year-old Nojus Maculevicius. She was reported missing by one of her parents.
It is believed that both travelled from Blackrock to Newry in Co. Down on Monday as they were sighted there at 7pm that evening.
Both Svetlana and Nojus are travelling in a silver Hyundai Veloster car with the registration number 132-D-13518.
Gardaí are satisfied the car was in the greater Belfast area at 5.35pm yesterday evening.
Following investigations to date, An Garda Síochána say they have serious concerns that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of Svetlana.
Gardaí are asking anyone with information on the situation or Svetlana’s whereabouts to contact gardaí on 999 or 112.