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What happened to 16-year-old Victoria Grabowski?

New York teenager who boarded a flight for London missing after speaking to older man online

Police in the UK and the US are attempting to locate a teenage girl who flew from New York to London this weekend after apparently being in contact with an older man.

According to New York police, 16-year-old Victoria Grabowski, from Queens, boarded a flight from John F Kennedy Airport on Saturday and arrived in the UK on Monday morning.

The New York Post reports that her family discovered texts showing she had been communicating with an older man in Britain whom she met online, with Victoria’s uncle, Arkadiusz Grabowski, stating that she “may have been lured to the UK”.

He said: “The texts show that she got fascinated with London and wanted to move there.”

The New York Police Department is working with police in London to bring her back to the US.

An NYPD spokesperson said: “She left JFK on Saturday morning and reached the UK on Monday morning. We're working in conjunction with UK police, but unless she contacts us, we're not going to know too much more.”

According to US reports, Victoria is a Polish citizen and used her Polish passport to board the flight, which she paid for in cash. The London Evening Standard reports that her parents do not know how she acquired the money.

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