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Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Police warn nine-year-old’s killer may have fled abroad

Police have warned that the gunman who shot and killed nine-year-old Olivia Pratt-Korbel may have already fled overseas.

Detectives investigating the murder today warned her killer “we will find you” amid fears he may be abroad.

Speaking today, Detective Chief Superintendent Mark Kameen vowed “we will not rest until we find you, and we will find you.”

He added they had a “number of very positive lines of inquiry” in regards to the ongoing investigation.

Olivia died after being shot as a gunman chased two men into her home.

One of them, Joseph Nee, burst into the Dovecot, Liverpool home, despite the best efforts of Olivia’s mother Chery Korbel.

The gunman tried to follow Nee, a career criminal and former drug dealer who was out on licence, and opened fire “indiscriminately” tragically shooting little Olivia in the chest and Cheryl in the wrist.

The nine-year-old was fatally wounded and died in her own home, while accomplices of Nee rushed him to hospital.

The force has refused to publicly name Nee, but confirmed a 35-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly breaching the terms of release from prison.

Detective Kameen said they were “unclear at this stage” if the shooter had fled the UK in a briefing heard this morning.

He went on to say that whilst they did not have a definite identity but had a “number of names” provided by the community.

It is unclear whether Nee is cooperating with police, but a second man who was with him has now been identified and a third man who drove the Audi C3 which picked Nee up has also been questioned but not arrested.

Detective Kameen added: “Our officers continue to carry out extensive inquiries and I can confirm there are a number of lines of inquiry we are pursuing.

“I cannot stress enough the importance of community engagement in solving each of these crimes,”.

The killing shocked the city of Liverpool which has seen a vicious spate of violence and gun crime in recent weeks.

This comes as Olivia’s family released a heart breaking tribute to their beloved “unique” and “chatty” girl.

Speaking out amid the ongoing hunt for her killer, they said: “Liv was a unique chatty, nosey little girl who broke the mould when she was born. She loved life and all it had to offer.

“Liv loved dressing up and was very particular on how she was dressed, like any other little girl she loved doing her makeup and nails, she was nine going on 19.

“Liv was adored by everyone who knew her and would instantly make friends with anyone and everyone.

“She was often seen going up and down the street on her new bike she had just got for her birthday.

“Although her life was short, her personality certainly wasn’t and she lived it to the most she could, and would blow people away with her wit and kindness.

“We as a family are heartbroken and have lost a huge part of our life.

“If anyone knows anything, now is the time to speak up. It is not about being a ‘snitch’ or a ‘grass’ it is about finding out who took our baby away from us. PLEASE DO THE RIGHT THING.

“We as a family are eternally grateful for the help and support we have received from people across the world.

“We are also thankful to Merseyside police for the outstanding work and to the staff at Alder Hey and Aintree hospitals.”