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Wednesday, 27 March, 2002, 10:06 GMT
Aerial search for missing girl
Firemen search river
Firemen have helped in the hunt for Amanda
Detectives in Surrey are to bring in helicopters to help in their search for missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler, also known as Milly.

An RAF helicopter will take aerial photographs of the area where the 13-year-old was last seen on Thursday.

Police hope the high-resolution pictures will help target the search which has so far been "frustrating".

Milly's last movements
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The teenager, from Hersham, Surrey, went missing on her way home from school last Thursday afternoon.

This Thursday officers plan to be at Walton-on-Thames railway station at the same time of day that the teenager disappeared.

They are also particularly keen to trace Amanda's rucksack and mobile phone.

Police say that there has been a steady stream of calls so far to their incident room.

A television reconstruction of the last-known movements of Amanda will be broadcast on BBC One's Crimewatch programme on Thursday from 2100 GMT.

This shows the teenager, also known as Milly, in the station cafe with friends and walking along Station Avenue.

'Witty, loving'

It was filmed on Tuesday and police earlier appealed to businesses in the area to hand over any closed-circuit television footage.

Before disappearing Amanda phoned her father to say she would be home in half an hour.

Amanda Dowler
Amanda is nicknamed "Milly"

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

The couple have said they have no idea why Amanda went missing.

The search by 100 officers has included fields, streets and shallow sections of the River Mole in Hersham.

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.

Robert Dowler has described his daughter as "a bright, intelligent, witty, loving, daughter".

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