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Tuesday, 26 March, 2002, 18:50 GMT
TV appeal for missing girl
Reconstruction, actress playing Amanda Dowler is in centre
Three young actresses have filmed a reconstruction
A television reconstruction of the last-known movements of schoolgirl Amanda Dowler has been filmed in the hope that it will jog witness' memories.

The BBC's Crimewatch programme shows the teenager in Walton-on-Thames station cafe with friends and walking along Station Avenue.

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

Detectives said on Tuesday they still hoped to find Amanda alive and the possibility she had run away or disappeared with a "secret boyfriend" had not been ruled out.

Amanda Dowler
Amanda is nicknamed "Milly"
Surrey Police have also appealed to businesses in the area to hand over any closed-circuit television footage.

The reconstruction shows actress Elizabeth Pryor, 17, carrying a beige rucksack similar to the one Amanda was carrying.

She is also dressed in a school uniform identical to the one the missing girl was wearing.

The appeal will be broadcast from 2100 GMT on BBC1 on Thursday.

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

Brave parents

There have so far been no reported sightings of the schoolgirl since she went missing on a busy road in 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.

Robert and Sally Dowler
Amanda's parents hope to jog someone's memory
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.

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

Phone call

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.

Local people have put up posters and banners
The couple say 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.

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".

The BBC's Helen Simms
"Police admit they are baffled"

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