25/11/2008

Missing Mother And Daughters Found In Germany

A mother who went missing six months ago with her five daughters, when she heard they were to be taken into care, have been found in Germany.

Natalie Bracht, 34, left her home in Sunderland on 17 May, with the girls – aged between five and 13.

It is understood the woman suffers from a personality disorder.

Northumbria Police launched a national search, for the German-born woman, with the support of forces across the UK and in Europe.

Ms Bracht was discovered in Munich on Monday.

A spokesman for Northumbria Police said they were working with their German counterparts and "will be speaking with Natalie in due course".

Detective Chief Inspector Ian Bentham said: "I am happy that the girls have been found safe and well and I would like to thank the public and the media for their help and assistance in this matter."

(JM)

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