Lyla Jane Lake missing: Lyla-Jane Lake, 13, who vanished on Wednesday and missed the entirety of Christmas with her family, hears her father’s sad plea as ‘very concerned’ police continue their search for her. Let’s see what happened to Lyla-Jane Lake in detail.
- On Wednesday night, brown-eyed Lyla disappeared from her Basingstoke home.
- Since then, she has not been seen or heard from, and searches turned up nothing.
- Police issued an appeal and that they were “very concerned” for her welfare.
- Today, Nathan, her father, made a fervent request, assuring Lyla, “Daddy loves you.”
Update: Missing girl, 13, found safe after Christmas disappearance
A 13-year-old girl missing for almost a week over Christmas has been found safe, police have said. Lyla Lake, from Basingstoke in Hampshire, had been missing since Wednesday 21 December.
Police had renewed an appeal for information on Tuesday, releasing CCTV footage of her in Reading train station from the evening she went missing. Hours later, Hampshire Police said the teenager, who also goes by Lyla-Jane, had been “found safe”. “Thank you to everyone who shared our appeals and contacted us with information,” the force added.
On Christmas Eve Lyla’s cousin, the Olympic high jumper Morgan Lake had appealed for anyone who may know something to come forward. Earlier on Tuesday, Lyla’s father Nathan made a direct appeal to his daughter to come home, saying in a video posted online: “Daddy loves you so much”.
Lyla Jane Lake missing case: Explained
After Lyla Jane Lake, 13, vanished on Wednesday, her father has issued a poignant request for her to “please just come home safe.”
Brown-eyed Lyla, the cousin of Olympic high jumper Morgan Lake, was unable to spend Christmas with her family when she vanished from her Basingstoke, Hampshire, home. Since that time, no one has seen or heard from her.
Police have stated that they are “very concerned” for the wellbeing of the youngster after extensive searches in her birthplace have so far turned up no sign of her.
Her father Nathan Lake told his teenage daughter directly, “Daddy loves you,” before pleading with anyone with information on her whereabouts to come forward.
Lyla-Jane Lake’s father Nathan (pictured together) Credit: (Dailymail)
Jane Lake Father’s Emotional Post
|In a video he made, he begged for anyone with information on the whereabouts of his 13-year-old daughter Lyla. He added: “My family and I are appealing for someone out there just to please come forth with any information around her whereabouts.”
Lyla is described as being quite naive and insecure for her age, although she never leaves the house after 8 p.m. without her parents and hasn’t spent the night anywhere other than with family for more than 18 months.
Someone must be knowledgeable. If Lyla is reading this, know how much your father adores you. “Please, just come home. If there is anything that is upsetting you, it can be resolved. You are not in danger. We just want you to return home safely since you have hundreds of people that care about you. Lyla is said to be “street-wise” and has long, dark hair.
The father of missing teenager Lyla-Jane Lake has appealed to his daughter to "just come home" in an emotional video.
The 13-year-old was last seen in Basingstoke on Wednesday 21 December.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 27, 2022
According to a spokesperson for Hampshire Constabulary, Lyla was last seen on Wednesday night at around 10 o’clock in Simmons Walk in Basingstoke. Officers have been looking for her ever since she was reported missing and have launched numerous investigations.
Her family and I are quite worried about her welfare, so we are asking for the public’s assistance. She may still be in the Basingstoke region. Lyla is characterized as being of mixed race, being 5 feet 6 inches tall, and having a medium build.
She has long brown hair, and brown eyes, and was last seen sporting a grey jogging bottom and a black Puffa jacket. She spent her entire life toting a Sports Direct bag. The voice continued, “If you see her, please phone 999 right away and quote 44220512908.”
Lyla-Jane Lake missing: Hampshire News Statement
NOW FOUND – POLICE TRACE MISSING 13-YEAR-OLD FROM BASINGSTOKE TO READING TRAIN STATION
Police have in the early hours of this morning located missing Lyla-Jane safe and well it has just been confirmed. Officers are currently preparing to reunite her with her family. Thank you for the overwhelming support and shares. An amazing end to the appeals.
Officers are continuing to appeal for information to help find missing 13-year-old Lyla Lake from Basingstoke. She was reported missing after she was last seen on the evening of 21 December in Simmons Walk, Basingstoke. Officers are now issuing a CCTV image of Lyla which shows her at Reading Train Station at 9.57 pm on the evening of 21 December.
Detective Chief Inspector, Dave Storey, said:
“Together with Lyla’s family we are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare. “We now know that she took a train to Read and she may be still in that area. Therefore we are extending our appeal to the Reading area and are asking anyone who thinks they have seen Lyla since she went missing or anyone who thinks they might know where she is, to call us immediately.”
Lyla is described as:
Last seen wearing a black puffer jacket, grey jogging bottoms, and white trainers. She was carrying a Sports Direct bag for life. If you see her please call 999 immediately, quoting 44220512908.
Immediate appeal to find Lyla-Jane Lake
“Everyone is here to assist. They only want Lyla to return home in safety. Lyla was last seen with a Sports Direct bag for life, a black Puffa jacket, and grey jogging trousers on. Police have described her as being of mixed race, standing at 5 feet 6 inches tall, with a medium build, long brown hair, and brown eyes.
The volunteers were instructed by Jeremy Bailey, who is assisting in organizing the hunt for Lyla, to knock on homes that have cameras and leave the flyers with the residents.
He stated: “We will travel across many places, turning no stone untouched. We are seeking out residences with Ring doorbells and requesting permission to view their CCTV while respecting their privacy.
“Most of these recordings are only kept for a week. So, before they expire, we want to review them.” Athlete Morgan has begged people to get in touch with her if they have any information.
Morgan, a Crowthorne, Berkshire resident who attended Wellington College, said: “Lyla-Jane Lake, my cousin who is 13 years old, has been absent for a few nights. “On Wednesday night, about 9 o’clock, last seen in Basingstoke. Police are involved, but if you know anything, please let me know.”
Lyla has not been found despite extensive searches in her hometown of Basingstoke, and police said on Tuesday that they were “very concerned” for her welfare. Hampshire Constabulary urged people to phone 999 right away and mention case number 44220512908.
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