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Last Updated: Wednesday, 15 March 2006, 13:14 GMT
Ex-boyfriend named in Lisa hunt
Carl Snell
Police have taken the unusual step of naming Carl Snell
Police searching for a missing 15-year-old girl from Devon are looking for her former boyfriend in relation to her disappearance.

They have taken the unusual step of naming 20-year-old Carl Snell as the man they believe is with Lisa Crow, who has not been seen since Sunday.

Police say Lisa was with a group of friends in Paignton when Mr Snell pulled up in a car beside them.

She was last seen in a red Vauxhall Vectra in Torquay at midnight.

Det Insp Karl Fellows, of Devon and Cornwall Police, said: "A car has pulled up being driven by her ex-boyfriend. Carl had purchased the vehicle that day.

"Lisa gets into the car, we are not clear if it was voluntary or against her will - witnesses have said it appeared to be against her will.

"The explanation talks about him grabbing her wrist. They said he dragged her into the car.

"I am clearly concerned because he has gone away with a 15-year-old girl."

Lisa Crow
Lisa Crow's disappearance is described as 'out of character'

Officers have also received reports the pair were seen buying fuel on Tuesday at Gordano service station near Bristol.

Carl, who lives in the south Devon area, also has connections in Reading and Yorkshire and it is understood the pair talked about going to Liverpool when they were together.

Carl has also used the name Mark Hudson and the surname Friday in the past and has worked in the fishing industry.

He is described as 5ft 8in tall, with light brown short hair.

He was wearing dark trousers, possibly dark blue tracksuit bottoms, with a white stripe down the side.

The pair had broken up some time last week and it is understood that Carl did not take the split well. They had been together for a few months.

Lisa contacted a friend at about 0830 GMT on Tuesday but did not make it clear whether she had been taken or had chosen to go.

Lisa, who is from Paignton, has blue eyes, and shoulder-length fair-coloured hair.

When last seen she was wearing a white padded hooded jacket, a black V-neck top and blue jeans with white training shoes.

See Simon Hall's report on the police hunt for Lisa Crow


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