Police are concerned for the welfare of a young girl who has not been seen since she left a foster care home in the city on Saturday, February 19.
The girl had been found by police in the Kemp Town on Friday, February 18, after she rang a national charity asking for help.
She was placed in the foster home in the London Road area but left, apparently of her own accord, in the early hours of the Saturday morning.
She gave the name of Freya O’Brien or O’Brian, and said she was 14 years old but could be older.
She is described as white, about 4’9″-10″, with a pale complexion, slightly bad skin, and medium brown shoulder length hair worn back in a high ponytail with a black hair band.
She has a longe fringe starting at the crown and falling down in a middle parting to cover her face.
She had dry skin on her hands, with short slightly dirty nails and was wearing an army-style green hip length coat with toggles like a ‘parka’ jacket and a hood with a light brown fur lining, baggy jeans and brown trainers.
Police, foster home parents and social workers who came into contact with her that day formed the impression that she may have some form of learning disability
Police have already been searching the area, and have been distributing posters to shops and houses as part of an effort to jog people’s memories.
The poster contains CCTV images of a girl believed to be Freya from a camera in the same area shortly after she left the address that morning at about 1.20am.
Detective Inspector Rachel Bacon said; “There is no evidence to suggest that she has come to any harm, but as the days pass with no sightings we become increasingly concerned.
“We do not know if she has given her real name and we do not know where she comes from, as she gave almost no information about herself.
“She may have no connection with Brighton.
“If anyone has seen her or knows where she might be, we ask them to contact us at once via 0845 60 70 999 quoting serial 0126 of 19 February.
“All information will be treated in confidence.
“We would also naturally like to hear from ‘Freya’ herself” to help us confirm that she is safe.”