Five-year-old still missing, mother attempts suicide
Five-year-old Terezka Cermakova from Kladno near Prague has been missing for a week now and hopes of finding her alive have dimmed. One of the biggest ever police operations launched to find a missing child ended unsuccessfully on Tuesday and in an act of desperation the child's mother attempted to commit suicide by jumping from a third floor window. Daniela Lazarova has more.
According to Jana Detska, spokeswoman for the Kladno Police Department, the letter that Tereza's mother wrote prior to her suicide attempt contains nothing which would indicate that she knew more than she has already told the police. As a result all the options of what could have happened to the child remain open. The police have not been able to rule out the possibility of her having been murdered, abducted or killed by a driver who may have attempted to hide the body far from her home town. Police say she may no longer be on Czech territory. The only theory they have been able to rule out is her wandering off on her own and having an accident. In such an event, Tuesday's police search would have unearthed the body. As of this moment the case which the nation has watched with bated breath is going to slide into an anti-climax.
Police statistics reveal that over the past 8 years the number of children reported missing nationwide has doubled. Many simply run away from home but there are cases of children whose disappearance remains a mystery. Nine-year-old Jan Nejedly disappeared in 1998, on his way to a friend's house, never to be seen again. Five-year-old Jana Placha disappeared without trace in 1996. Like Terezka's relatives their families find it difficult to live with the fact that they have no idea what happened.