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The BBC's Richard Wells
"Her disappearance is a deepening, worrying mystery"
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Sunday, 3 December, 2000, 20:23 GMT
Sister helps hunt for missing teenager
Reconstruction of Leanne Tiernan's last known movements
Michelle Tiernan (right) with her sister's friend Sarah
A missing teenager's sister has retraced her last known movements in a police reconstruction staged exactly a week after she disappeared.

Michelle Tiernan, 19, walked the route her sister Leanne, 16, took on 26 November when she failed to return home after a shopping trip to Leeds.

Leanne Tiernan
The 16-year-old has not gone missing before
The schoolgirl caught a bus back to the Bramley area of the city, where she lives, with a friend, Sarah, but has not been seen since.

Forty officers are now involved in the hunt, which is being widened.

For the reconstruction Michelle wore a dark sweatshirt and black trousers identical to those her sister was wearing when she disappeared.

She has even had her eyebrow pierced like Leanne's to increase the similarity.

Mirroring the sequence of events seven days earlier, Michelle and Sarah got on a single-decker number 16 bus from Leeds city centre.

CCTV image of Leanne Tiernan's last known movements
CCTV picture of Leanne with Sarah soon before she disappeared
They alighted 20 minutes later and walked together for five minutes, flanked by police, until they parted company near Sarah's house.

Michelle then made her way down an unlit track surrounded by trees before cutting on to a council estate and walking the last 10 minutes to her home.

Officers carrying photographs of Leanne, who has not gone missing before, spoke to people along the route to ask if they had seen the teenager the week before.

Detective Superintendent Chris Gregg, leading the hunt for Leanne said: "We are hoping that by recreating the events of last Sunday it may help to jog peoples memories as to any possible sightings of Leanne.

Michelle Tiernan
Michelle Tiernan reconstructs her sister's last known movements
"Michelle is really upset about what has happened with her sister and it has taken a lot of courage for her to do what she has done today.

"We can't explain why Leanne has disappeared at this stage, but we have to remain hopeful that she is going to make a safe return."

Mr Gregg said a man who was seen walking a dog in the area near where Leanne was last seen had not yet been traced.

Officers are also making inquiries with Leanne's family and friends to find out if there is any reason why she may not want to return home.

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