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Wednesday, 6 December, 2000, 13:08 GMT
'Sightings' of missing girl investigated
Michelle Tiernan (R) and Leanne's friend Sarah
Missing girl's sister carried out a reconstruction
Police are investigating "unconfirmed sightings" of missing teenager Leanne Tiernan, who disappeared 10 days ago.

Leanne, 16, was last seen on 26 November after a shopping trip to Leeds with a friend, but failed to return to her home in the Bramley area of the city.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: "We are receiving reports of possible sightings from the public, none of which are yet confirmed. Further searches and house-to-house inquiries are continuing today."

Police searches and a reconstruction of her last movements by Leanne's 19-year-old sister, Michelle, have so far failed to find any trace of the missing girl.

Leanne Tiernan
Leanne Tiernan: Has not gone missing before
News of possible sightings follow an appeal by Leanne's father, Michael, for anyone with information about the disappearance of his "much loved" daughter to come forward.

He flew home from holiday after hearing his daughter was missing, and he said the family could think of no reason for her to disappear.

"She has never disappeared before. She is an outgoing, outspoken girl, much loved," Mr Tiernan said on GMTV.

He said her mock GCSE examinations had been approaching.

"She seemed to be coping with that fine. She had no problems, no worries about any exams at all," Mr Tiernan said.

Sister's agony

He confirmed that Michelle was finding her sister's disappearance very difficult to cope with.

"She's solid as a rock, but she's really missing Leanne," he said.

"If anyone saw Leanne or saw anything, no matter how insignificant, please get in touch.

"We want to come to a close with this and find Leanne."

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