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New searches to find Lana who “disappeared without a trace”

Svitlana Krasnoselska
Svitlana Krasnoselska

National missing persons experts have been drafted in to help police continue to search for a Ukrainian woman who vanished a year ago this week.

Svitlana Krasnoselska, 40, “disappeared without a trace” from her home in Micklefield at about 5am on April 3 last year.

Detective Superintendent Lisa Atkinson, Head of Crime for the Leeds District.

Detective Superintendent Lisa Atkinson, Head of Crime for the Leeds District.

West Yorkshire Police carried out extensive searches in the area in an effort to trace Ms Krasnoselska, who is originally from Ukraine but has British citizenship.

Now the force says that, after consulting with missing persons specialists and using new technology breakthroughs, fresh search areas have been identified around the Micklefield area.

Officers will be carrying out searches at the sites this week for clues to the whereabouts of Ms Krasnoselska, who is known to friends as Lana.

Detective Superintendent Lisa Atkinson, leading the investigation, said: “Although it has been a year since Lana went missing, we remain absolutely committed to doing everything we can to find out where she is and to help the family get the answers they need.

“Despite extensive enquiries over the last year, we are still no further on in establishing where she is or what has happened to her.

“We are hoping that these new searches of the area around Micklefield may give us something new.

“We have nothing to suggest that Lana has come to any harm but it is unusual in itself for someone to disappear without a trace like this and we remain very concerned for her welfare.

“Her family are still desperate to hear that she is okay and, although a year has passed, we would still like to hear from anyone who thinks they have seen her around the time she went missing, or since then, or who has any information that could assist in tracing her.

“We would still welcome any information that would help us continue to build up a picture of her lifestyle and connections, particularly from anyone who knew her through work or socially or in the wider Ukrainian community in the UK.”

Police have appealed for anyone with information to get in touch by calling 101 and quoting reference 13170154277.