Missing Stortford schoolgirl Anastasia ‘might have gone to London with boyfriend’ – Bishop’s Stortford Independent



A 15-year-old Bishop’s Stortford girl who failed to turn up for school on Monday (Sept 21) might have gone to London with her boyfriend.

Anastasia Lukyanova, a Year 11 GCSE student at Herts and Essex High School in Warwick Road, was seen between 8am and 8.30am near Herts and Essex Hospital, off Haymeads Lane.

Later, she was seen leaving the Spellbrook area at about 11am on Monday.

Missing: Anastasia Lukyanova (42352799)

Anastasia is described as about 5ft 9in (1.75m) tall with blue eyes and straight brown hair. She may have been wearing her school’s distinctive brown uniform.

She lives with her mother Alla in Stortford. Her father Christoph lives in Germany.

A family friend said on Tuesday at 11am: “Anastasia has still not come home or been in touch.

Missing: Anastasia Lukyanova (42352797)

“We know now she was with her boyfriend and had changed into a tracksuit. She was seen leaving the Spellbrook area at approximately 11am yesterday morning.

“There is a suggestion she may have taken the train to the Hackney/Westfield area. Please contact the police [on 101], Christoph, Alla or myself with any information.

“If Anastasia sees this message, her mother wants you to know that she loves you very much and she wants to know that you are safe. She promises she is not angry with you and she just wants you to come home. Everything will be ok.”

There were reported sightings on Monday morning of a girl matching Anastasia’s description on the southern outskirts of Stortford heading towards Sawbridgeworth.

On Facebook, a woman said: “I dropped my daughter at Leventhorpe at 9.15am and was heading towards the A120 and saw a young girl in Herts and Essex uniform, long brown hair, near the [Thorley Wash] roundabout. I remember as I thought she had walked a long way from school at an odd time of day.”

A man added: “I saw a girl this morning about 9.15am walking towards Sawbridgeworth in school uniform just by the [Absolute Vehicle Services] garage past the London Road/Thorley lights.

“I didn’t pay much attention, but from the back looked similar. I only noticed because I thought it was strange she was walking the wrong way. She wasn’t just strolling, she was walking quite hard.”

In an email to parents and carers on Monday night, Herts and Essex High School executive head Cathy Tooze said: “The school has been in contact with her family, the police and her friends all day, and we remain extremely concerned for her safety and welfare.”

Anyone with information about Anastasia’s whereabouts should call Hertfordshire police on 101.