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Friday, 4 September 2020

Relief as an 11-year-old girl who went missing almost two weeks ago after an argument with her mum is found safe and well

 

  •  An Amber Alert was issued for a missing Gold Coast girl, 11, on Thursday
  •  Laine-Ella left her home on August 18 after an argument with her mum 
  •  The 11-year-old was last spotted at friend's house in Southport on August 24
  •  CCTV footage was released of her last confirmed sighting with two others    
  •  Queensland Police say Laine-Ella may be assisted by another family 

An 11-year-old girl who went missing in a Queensland tourist hotspot nearly two weeks ago has been found safe and well. 

Laine-Ella Hyland, from the Gold Coast, was reported missing after she left her Main Beach home 'because of a disagreement with her mother' on August 18. 

Police issued an urgent Amber Alert over the girl's disappearance after she was last seen when she visited a friend's house in Southport a few days later on August 24. 

'Police would like to thank the media and the public for their assistance. If you have any further information please call 131 564,' a police spokesperson said on Friday.     

Police had previously released CCTV video of Laine-Ella's last confirmed sighting and called for 'urgent public assistance' in finding the girl. 

An Amber Alert was issued for Laine-Ella Hyland (pictured), 11, from the Gold Coast, on Thursday. She left her Main Beach home after an argument with her mum on August 18

An Amber Alert was issued for Laine-Ella Hyland (pictured), 11, from the Gold Coast, on Thursday. She left her Main Beach home after an argument with her mum on August 18

Queensland Police released chilling CCTV footage (pictured) of Laine-Ella's last confirmed sighting at Main Beach on August 18. She appeared to say goodbye to two girls

Queensland Police released chilling CCTV footage (pictured) of Laine-Ella's last confirmed sighting at Main Beach on August 18. She appeared to say goodbye to two girls 

The footage showed Laine-Ella, dressed in a grey hoodie, and two other girls walk out from a residence on Cronin Avenue on August 18. 

The two taller girls took turns hugging Laine-Ella before she walked down the stairs and out of view. 

Regional Crime Coordinator Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said police were looking to speak with the girls in the footage. 

'We want to identify those two girls because they may assist us with who she's with or where she is,' he told reporters on Friday.   

Supt Smith said it was a 'massive concern' that Laine-Ella had not been seen for ten days. 

'Most runaways would be seen by somebody so that's really heightened my concern.

'This person could be anywhere so please come forward with the slightest but of information,' he said.  

Supt Smith said Members of the Homicide Squad, PolAir and 'other more covert strategies' were being used to search for the missing girl. 

Queensland Police hold 'serious concerns' about Laine-Ella's welfare and said she was last seen at a friend's home in Southport on August 24 (the Gold Coast pictured)

Queensland Police hold 'serious concerns' about Laine-Ella's welfare and said she was last seen at a friend's home in Southport on August 24 (the Gold Coast pictured) 

'We just want to find her, we just want her to come home. 

'If she's got concerns about her home life and that's why she's refusing to come home we will address that once we find her,' Supt Smith said.   

He explained that police were anxious to see 'proof of life'.

'Ten days is a long time... I'm hoping it's because she doesn't want to be found but I can't rule out foul play.'   

Supt Smith also said Laine-Ella could have been abducted or assisted by another family. 

'Abduction is at the top end but we're also looking at people actively assisting her to stay away from home. 

'Some of the people we have been dealing with have not been telling us the whole truth,' he told reporters on Thursday.   

It is not known whether Laine-Ella is being held against her will.      

Laine-Ella is described as Caucasian, with a slim build and about 150cm tall, with shoulder-length blonde hair and blue eyes.  

Police urged members of the public to look out for Laine-Ella around Southport and the Gold Coast as well as in south Brisbane. 

Anyone who has seen Laine-Ella or has further information has been urged to contact Queensland Police. 

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith (pictured) urged members of the public to look out for Laine-Ella around the Gold Coast and south Brisbane

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith (pictured) urged members of the public to look out for Laine-Ella around the Gold Coast and south Brisbane 

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