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Tuesday, 26 March, 2002, 10:02 GMT
CCTV appeal for missing girl
Amanda Dowler
Amanda Dowler went missing on Thursday
Detectives searching for missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler are appealing to businesses to hand over any closed-circuit television footage.

The 13-year-old, also known as "Milly", from Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, went missing on her way home from school on Thursday afternoon.

Surrey Police believe that if the teenager was abducted she would have put up a struggle and someone would have seen something significant.

Amanda Dowler
Amanda is nicknamed "Milly"
There have so far been no reported sightings of the schoolgirl since she went missing on a busy road in broad daylight.

Glyn Willoughby, principal at Heathside School in Weybridge spoke of the courage of Amanda's parents and said the community was working together to try to find the teenager.

He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Tuesday: "I think they are incredibly brave and any parent who is listening surely must realise it has to be one of the most harrowing times that we can go through."

Amanda was last seen walking along Station Approach towards Rydens Road.

Examination of CCTV footage from that area failed to reveal anything significant.

Phone call

Businesses in Walton, Hersham and Weybridge are being urged to give police film from their security cameras.

Police will decide later on Tuesday whether to widen their search which already involves more than 100 police officers.

Robert and Sally Dowler
Amanda's parents hope to jog someone's memory
Amanda got off the train at Walton-on-Thames to visit a cafe with friends.

She phoned her father to say she would be home in half an hour.

On Monday Amanda's parents Sally and Robert Dowler released home videos of their daughter in the hope that they would jog the memory of someone who saw her.

The couple say that they have no idea why Amanda went missing but the thought that she might be found alive is all that is keeping them going.

Police have also interviewed passengers at Walton-on-Thames station.

Loving daughter

The search for the teenager has encompassed streets, fields and railway tracks between the station at Walton-on-Thames and Amanda's home in Hersham, one mile away.

Shallow sections of the River Mole in Hersham have also been searched by marine teams.

The teenager is described as 5ft 5in tall, slim and with shoulder-length light brown hair.

She was wearing her school uniform of a dark blue blazer, grey skirt and white shirt and was carrying a beige rucksack.

Her father said: "She is a bright, intelligent, witty, loving, daughter".

Mrs Dowler, who teaches maths at Heathside School, said Amanda's 16-year-old sister, Gemma, was "very worried," and was "trying to keep busy making posters and banners".

Glyn Willoughby, Headmaster, Heathside School
"Everyone is trying to do as much as they can"

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