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Thousands of volunteers join search for three year old girl snatched from kindergarten

By Anna Liesowska
19 August 2014

Parents' nightmare as mystery middle-aged man takes little Vika in Tomsk.

Tomsk mayor Ivan Klein has praised volunteers who joined the hunt for the missing girl. Picture: TV2 Tomsk

It's what every parent dreads, their child taken away, but thousands of Siberians are volunteering for the search to find her.

Viktoria Vylegzhanina was kidnapped from her kindergarten in Tomsk. A one million rouble ($27,750) reward has been offered for information on her abductor. 

According to the Investigative Committee which is leading efforts to track down the child, Vika was led away by 'an unidentified man in an unknown direction.' 

Police said the girl was allegedly seen with a 40-year-old man in coloured T-shirt and sweatpants.

Galina Vylegzhanina, Viktoria's mother said: 'I came to the kindergarten and the staff said that my daughter had been collected already.' Frantic, she called her husband Eduard, but he had not taken their daughter. 

'I rushed to search in all the places she knew. I checked the playground, where she loves the swings so much, and where she spends a lot of time.

'Then I went home and checked all around. We thought that we could find by ourselves and I called the police after an hour (when we couldn't find her).

'It was about 7 pm.'

Thousands of volunteers join search for three year old girl snatched from kindergarten


Thousands of volunteers join search for three year old girl snatched from kindergarten


Thousands of volunteers join search for three year old girl snatched from kindergarten


Thousands of volunteers join search for three year old girl snatched from kindergarten

'Any child could be in our Vika's place. I think that he pulled her over the fence'. Pictures of Vika and her parents: TV2 Tomsk

It is unclear why the carer - known as a nurse - at the kindergarten allowed Vika to depart with a strange man. 

'I do not blame the nurse, she is a good woman,' said Galina. 'I like her and the children love her very much.'

Her husband said: 'My wife called me and asked - did you take Vika from kindergarten? I said - no. Then she said: 'Our girl is missing.'

He is convinced it is not anyone who the family knows.

'Any child could be in our Vika's place,' he said. 'It was not someone we knew. I think that he pulled her over the fence.'

Thousands of volunteers join search for three year old girl snatched from kindergarten

Thousands of volunteers join search for three year old girl snatched from kindergarten

Viktoria Vylegzhanina was kidnapped from her kindergarten in Tomsk. Pictures: TV2 Tomsk

Tomsk mayor Ivan Klein has praised volunteers who joined the hunt for the missing girl - 600 on Friday, and 550 on Saturday. Many came with dogs. 

Klein adds: 'We examined almost the entire territory, woodlands.'

There was no trace of the girl, though earlier this week her clothes, a dress, blue hat and orange sandals were found. Vika's mother identified the clothes and forensic tests are underway. 

Comments (1)

What a nightmare for the parents and this poor girl.
Helen, Singapore
20/08/2014 00:04
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