Update 22:30

The Child Rescue Ireland Alert (CRI) has now been stood down.

Svetlana Murphy has been located safe and well in the Belfast area. She is in the safe custody of the Police Service of Northern Ireland, and will be re-united with her family tonight.

An Garda Síochána has initiated a Child Rescue Ireland (CRI) Alert.

An Garda Síochána is seeking the public’s assistance in tracing the whereabouts of 14-year-old, Svetlana Murphy.

Following investigations to date, An Garda Síochána now have serious concerns that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of Svetlana.

At approximately 4pm on Monday, 19th April 2021 Svetlana left her home on Coast Road, Blackrock, Co. Louth. She is described as 5 foot 1 inch in height with a slim build. She has brown hair and brown eyes. At the time she went missing, Svetlana was wearing navy tracksuit bottoms with a red and white stripe on the leg, a black zipped top and black runners.

Svetlana is in the company of Nojus Maculevicius, 18 years old.

Nojus is described as being 6 foot in height with a slim build. He has dark brown hair and he is clean shaven. He was wearing dark grey Snickers work trousers and a black Snickers top. He may also have been wearing a khaki green hoody, and either black boots or Adidas runners.

Both Svetlana and Nojus are travelling in a silver Hyundai Veloster car, with registration number 132-D-13518.

Gardaí are satisfied that Svetlana and Nojus travelled from Blackrock, Co. Louth to Newry, Co. Down on Monday, 19th April 2021, and were sighted in Newry at approximately 7pm.

Gardaí are satisfied the Hyundai Veloster car was in the greater Belfast area at 5.35pm yesterday evening, Wednesday 21st April 2021.

An Garda Síochána is not aware of Svetlana’s and Nojus’ whereabouts at this time.


Anyone with information is asked to contact Gardaí on 999 or 112.

Please do not approach those involved, instead immediately contact 999 / 112 or your local Garda Station providing as much information as possible.



Child Abduction in the context of these guidelines refers to taking or detaining a Child ‘under the age of eighteen (18) years without lawful authority or reasonable excuse.
The legislation applicable to the term abduction is: Section 15 Non Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997, False Imprisonment Section 16 Non Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997, Abduction Section 17 Non Fatal Offences against the Person Act 1997.

Abduction CRI Alert will only be launched when all the following criteria exist.

  • The child is under the age of eighteen (18) years
  • There is a reasonable belief that the child has been abducted
  • There is a reasonable belief that there is an immediate and serious risk to the health or welfare of a child
  • There is sufficient information available to enable the public to assist An Garda Síochána in locating the child

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