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Missing Tannum girl with child protection officers

UPDATE: WEDNESDAY: 8.29am: 

A SIX-DAY state-wide search for a missing girl that has travelled across social media has ended after the girl presented herself at Gladstone Police Station.

Police initially held concerns for the girl, 14, because of her young age.

The girl was safe and staying with people she knew, however, reports of her disappearance, shared widely on social media, prompted her to present herself to police.

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She is now in the hands of the Department of Child Safety, according to Officer in Charge of Gladstone Criminal Investigations Branch (CIB) Chris Lindsay.

The girl, believed to be from Mt Gravatt, in the state's south east, was staying with a relative at the time of her disappearance.

UPDATE: 1.41pm: 

"SHE has committed no offences and has done nothing wrong," said Gladstone Police acting inspector Luke Peachey today.

He was addressing the media but speaking directly to 14-year-old Cyndie McLaren, who has been missing from Tannum Sands since Thursday.

"If that persons is seeing this interview now let the authorities know you are OK," he said.

"Our major concern is your well-being."

MISSING: Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a 14-year-old girl.
MISSING: Police are appealing for information on the whereabouts of a 14-year-old girl.

He said police were looking at Tannum Sands, Gladstone, Blackwater and Biloela areas.

"We see she has been talking to people over social media," he said.

He said she left her carers home in Tannum Sands on Thursday and there was no reported disturbance.

"She may have been unhappy where she was staying at the time," he said.

"There has been instances where she has gone but not for this period of time before."

Speaking to the girl he said "we will work with you to find you somewhere you are happy to stay but before that we need to know you're safe."

He also asked people who were housing her to contact police so it could be confirmed she was safe and well.

Anyone with any information should contact Gladstone Police on 4971 3222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

UPDATE: 5.58pm: 

IT'S understood that a girl, 14, who has gone missing from Tannum Sands was staying with a person she knew at the time of her disappearance.

The girl went missing on Thursday last week at about 11.30am. It's understood she was reported missing not long after. 

But the circumstances around her disappearance remain unknown.

Police are particularly concerned for the girl's welfare because of her young age.

EARLIER: 

POLICE hold concerns for a 14-year-old girl who went missing from Tannum Sands on Thursday at about 11.30am.

The girl, described as Caucasian in appearance, about 145cm tall, and slim with brown hair, has not been seen or made contact with anyone since Thursday.

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She was last seen wearing floral patterned shorts, a grey zip-up hooded jumper, and a blue, green, and a black t-shirt.

Police are particularly concerned about the girl because of her young age, they said.

Police are urging anyone with information on her whereabouts or who may have seen her to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000 or Gladstone Police on 4971 3222 immediately.

More to come

Topics:  gladstone gladstone region missing



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