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Thursday, 28 March, 2002, 21:04 GMT
TV appeal for missing Amanda
Reconstruction, actress playing Amanda Dowler is in centre
The reconstruction showed Amanda's route home
A reconstruction of the last known movements of missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler has been screened on television exactly a week after she disappeared.

Police hope the live BBC One Crimewatch programme might have jogged the memory of anyone who saw the 13-year-old on her way home from school last Thursday afternoon.

While her parents were travelling to the programme, police carried out what they described as a "routine" search at the family home.

Amanda has not been seen since walking the short distance home from the train station in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, and there are growing fears that she has been abducted.

Amanda Dowler
There has been no sign of Amanda for a week
On Crimewatch, presenter Nick Ross, who has been to the scene of the reconstruction, said: "We would obviously prefer that she had run away from home, and we [were] making a direct appeal to her just on the off-chance that she did.

"We've just got to keep our fingers crossed. It does seem pretty improbable though."

Up to 40 officers are manning the phone lines for the Crimewatch programme.

Superintendant Alan Sharp said the response from the public had been enormous, with more than 1,000 calls even before Crimewatch - but he said no strong leads had come from the calls.

'Possible clues'

As Amanda's parents Bob, 50, and Sally, 42, travelled to London for the Crimewatch programme, police carried out what they described as an "absolutely routine" inch-by-inch search of their home and garden.

Superintendent Sharp said the search was to try to find more clues as to where or why Amanda - known as "Milly" - had disappeared, and stressed none of the family were suspects.

"It remains the most fertile ground for possible clues as to where Amanda may be or why she has disappeared," he said.

He said more than 20 officers were sifting through documents and other items that may give some clue to Amanda's whereabouts.

'Birthday present'

"It may be that something that was insignificant last time is now significant," he added.

Police also handed out leaflets at Walton Railway Station on Thursday, stressing that they were depending on the public to come forward with information.

Thursday was also Mrs Dowler's 43rd birthday, for which she had said there could be "only one present - to have Milly back".

On Wednesday, Mrs Dowler broke down in tears as she explained how they were coming to believe Amanda had been abducted.

Milly's last movements
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Mr Sharp said detectives were still keeping an open mind as to why she had disappeared and did not necessarily think that she had been kidnapped.

But he said the theory that Amanda might have run off with a "mystery boyfriend" was "spurious".

More than 50 officers spent Wednesday searching residents' gardens lining Amanda's route home, checking sewers and extending a detailed search of a large field near Hersham, where the teenager likes walking.

Personal items

A police helicopter took high-resolution aerial pictures of the area which officers are examining to pinpoint where to search next.

The public were urged to be on the lookout for personal items of Amanda's which may have been abandoned.

They include a Nokia 3210 mobile phone with a silver face and blue back with 'Milly' written on it.

She was also carrying a beige rucksack, a pencil case and a white plastic purse with a small red heart in the corner.

Amanda was wearing a silver necklace, a pendant with a fairy on it and two silver rings, and kept with her a black plastic hair scrunchy.


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