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New River Search for Woman Missing From Leicester Since 2006

A further search of the River Soar is taking place today, as detectives continue to investigate the disappearance of a Polish national, who went missing from Leicester 17 years ago.

Malgorzata Wnuczek, came to Leicester from Poland in 2005 with her then-husband and her daughter, Aleksandra, known as Ola, aged two.

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Then 27, she was last seen catching a bus from her job at Peter Jackson Logistics in Sunningdale Road, Leicester, on 31 May 2006.

The search for Malgorzata, who’d now be 44, is being carried out by police divers between the bridges in Mill Lane and Upperton Road that cross the river.

It follows a previous search by teams using specialist equipment and specially-trained dogs on 6 June.

The current investigation involves officers from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) working alongside colleagues from Poland.

A 39-year-old man who was arrested in the Greater Manchester area on 6 June on suspicion of assisting an offender and perverting the course of justice remains on police bail.

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Detective Inspector Jenni Heggs, the senior investigating officer, said: “As with the original search, we are looking for anything that could help us find out what happened to Malgorzata.

“This includes looking for any personal possessions or, potentially, a body. We’ve spoken to a number of people since our appeal earlier this month and I still believe that there are people living in Leicester’s Polish community who know what happened to Malgorzata.

“Her family deserve to know what happened to her and I’d really urge anyone who thinks they have information, but has not yet contacted police, to come forward.”

You can pass on information by visiting and quoting incident 362 of 2 June.

Alternatively call 101.

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