Detectives investigating the disappearance of Alena Grlakova have confirmed that the investigation is now a murder inquiry.
On the afternoon of Monday 8 April, Alena’s body was found by officers on land behind Taylor’s Lane, Parkgate. She was reported missing in January by her concerned family after she failed to make contact with them.
Alena was last seen on Boxing Day 2018, when she was captured on CCTV leaving The Travellers Inn on Rawmarsh Hill, Parkgate at around 7pm that evening. A man she was seen leaving with was traced and has been eliminated from our enquiries. She was later seen at The Fitzwilliam Arms Hotel, Taylors Lane, Parkgate at around 10.30pm that same evening, walking towards Rawmarsh Hill but had not been seen since.
A dedicated team of officers have been working to find Alena and to find out where she went after leaving the pub and who she might have seen or spoken to.
Detective Chief Inspector Mark Oughton, leading the investigation, explained: “Our investigation in to Alena’s disappearance, and now the discovery of her body, is continuing to progress at pace, and I can confirm that we are now treating this as a murder inquiry.
“Today, we have also arrested a 45-year-old Rotherham man in connection to the investigation. He has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently in custody, where he will be interviewed by officers.”
A post-mortem examination was carried out yesterday evening (Tuesday 9 April), however the cause of death was unascertained.
DCI Oughton continued: “Further tests will be carried out over the coming days to determine exactly how Alena died. A team of officers, who have been working on the investigation since Alena was reported missing, are continuing with their enquiries to establish where she went after leaving the pub that evening.
“We have specialist officers with her family both in the UK and in Slovakia and our thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time. We are determined to find answers for them and our officers remain in the Parkgate area today conducting enquiries and providing reassurance.
“I’d like to ask anyone, who believes they have any information that could assist with the investigation to contact us. Please cast your minds back to that evening, did you see Alena?
“If you can help, please call 101 quoting incident number 453 of 8 April 2019. You can also call our incident room direct on 01709 443540 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.”
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