Missing Holyoke girl, 13, found ‘safe and sound’


Staff Writer
Published: 10/23/2019 10:50:02 AM

HOLYOKE — A little more than two days after her disappearance, 13-year-old Eva Sicard has been found by the Holyoke Police.

Police wrote in an email Wednesday morning that Eva was located “safe and sound” as she left the Holyoke Mall at 9:30 a.m.

Eva was reported missing by her mother Monday evening after she missed school and didn’t return home by her curfew. Her disappearance triggered both a police and a volunteer response.

“Naturally we’re all happy,” said Holyoke Police Lt. Jim Albert. “We’ve seen enough stories go the other way.”

In terms of how they found the girl,  Albert said that, “It started with an awful lot of legwork,” with patrol officers and detectives passing out her picture. He also said social media was utilized and that the news media was also helpful.

Albert said he believed that one of Eva’s pictures got to the mall, and that was how she was eventually located. The girl went with the police willingly, he said.

As for where the teen had been, Albert said that he didn’t think she ever left the area.

Asked about the community response, Albert said, “I was proud of it.”

The response included people providing meals to Eva’s family, volunteers searching for her and the Marcus Printing Co. printing missing fliers for free.

Alison Sicard, Eva’s mother, refused to provide a comment to the press other than that her daughter was found and alive. As of Wednesday evening, she was not yet home with her family.

Bera Dunau can be reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.


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