Reconstruction filmed in hunt for missing schoolgirl

A reconstruction of missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler’s last known movements was filmed today five days after she disappeared.

A reconstruction of missing schoolgirl Amanda Dowler’s last known movements was filmed today five days after she disappeared.

A crew from the BBC’s Crimewatch programme recreated the last time the 13-year-old was seen as she walked home from the train station in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

Actress Elizabeth Pryor, 17, played the part, chatting to two other girls as they disembarked from a train - as Amanda had on her way back from Heathside School, Weybridge, last Thursday afternoon.

Dressed in school uniform and carrying a beige rucksack identical to the missing girl’s, she was later filmed setting off alone on the 15-minute walk back to Amanda’s home in Walton Park.

Superintendent Alan Sharp insisted tonight that officers had not given up hope of finding Amanda, known as Milly, alive despite not finding any new leads.

The RAF is being enlisted to help with the search tomorrow with helicopters taking high-resolution aerial photographs of the area.

Surrey Police are particularly keen to find Amanda’s rucksack or mobile phone if they have been abandoned.

More officers were being drafted in to help the search and all leave and training was being cancelled.

Mr Sharp, speaking outside the railway station, said he was still keeping an open mind about the investigations.

It was possible that she had not been abducted, but was a runaway who had ‘‘engineered’’ her own disappearance.

‘‘If she was taken off the street, on a busy street like this in good light, in the middle of the day, I would have expected someone to register something unusual,’’ he said.

‘‘A 13-year-old is not going to go against her will without a struggle.’’

Detectives are trying to locate her pay-as-you-go mobile phone, which had run out of credit, but refused to say how.

Mr Sharp confirmed that registered sex offenders in the area have been interviewed but that none was being linked to her disappearance.

CCTV footage from local businesses and hundreds of calls from the public have failed to yield any new leads.

Her father Robert, 50, an IT consultant, her mother Sally, 42, a maths teacher at her school, and sister Gemma, 16, were said to be still ‘‘hoping and praying’’ for her safe return.

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