Missing Gold Coast girl subject to Amber Alert found safe

LATEST @ September 4, 9.00 PM | Queensland Police have located the 11-year-old girl who was reported missing from Southport.

Officers confirmed in a statement a short time ago that the child was found safe and well on Friday night.

As a result, the Amber Alert issued on Thursday has now been cancelled.


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Police have thanked the media and public for their assistance with the investigation.

If you have any further information please call 131 564.

EARLIER @ September 4, 3.00 PM | Police are appealing for two girls who were last seen with missing 11-year-old Laine Ella Hyland to come forward.

New CCTV vision has today been released, showing the last confirmed sighting of the missing girl on Cronin Avenue in Main Beach on August 18.

In the vision, the child can be seen meeting up with two other young girls.

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith says it appears the trio share a hug before saying goodbye.

“This footage shows the missing person meeting up with two other young females on the night of the 18th of August… That was the night she actually went missing,” he said.

“It would appear from that footage that they’re obviously well known to each other and we want to talk to those two girls because they may assist us with who she’s with or where she is or at least her movements over the last fortnight.”

The child is also believed to have been seen at a friend’s home in Southport on August 24, however has not been heard from since, with police holding “grave fears” for her welfare.

The homicide squad has now been called in to help with the investigation, with Detective Superintendent Smith confirming police have not ruled out foul play.

“I would like to see some proof of life, ten days is a long time… circumstances around why she hasn’t been seen is still a matter of conjecture from both sides of the fence so i’m hoping its because she doesn’t want to be found… but I haven’t ruled out foul play”.

An amber alert remains in place for the child, who has been missing since leaving her Main Beach home following a disagreement with her mother.

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Anyone with information is being urged to contact police immediately.

EARLIER @ September 3, 3.30 PM | Police are appealing for urgent help from the community to find 11-year-old Laine-Ella Hyland, who has been missing on the Gold Coast since last month.

An Amber Alert has been issued for the child, who was first reported missing on August 18 after leaving her Main Beach home following a disagreement with her mother.

Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said the the young girl was last seen at a friend’s house on Water Street in Southport about a week later, on August 24, and has not been heard from or seen since, with serious concerns now held for her welfare.

“Investigations in the last few days have raised concerns around her safety… an 11-year-old itself is concerning enough, and the child has got a complex history, so there are reasons as to why its taken sometime to go to an amber alert,” he said.

“What’s happened in the last few days has raised that concern to another level and we’re actively seeking public assistance.

“She’s out there somewhere, someone knows where she is and there are people obviously actively assisting her and people involved with her to prevent or assist her from coming home.”

Speaking to reporters on Thursday afternoon, Detective Superintendent Smith made a desperate plea for the girl to return home.

“We ask her if she’s watching or listening, please come home,” he said.

Detective Inspector Smith said police “have not ruled anything in our out” but revealed “abduction is at the top end”.

He said officers are “also looking at people actively assisting her to stay away from home.”

“Some of the investigations at this point would indicate that some of the people we have been dealing with have not been telling us the whole truth, and why anyone would do that when we’re talking about the safety of an 11-year-old is beyond me,” Detective Insp Smith said.

“I think this group of people, they know who they are, wake up to themselves… We’re not after them, we’re not out to prosecute anyone, we just want this child back safe that’s all we care about.”

Police confirmed the girl and her family have a “complex history” but said there were no custody issues involved.

“That shouldn’t stop us from doing the very best to locate this child and bring her home,” Detective Inspector Smith said.

He said the child has no access to money and does not have a mobile phone.

There have been possible sightings of the young girl in Southport, Surfers Paradise, Main Beach, Mudgeeraba and Canungra, with residents in those areas urged to keep their eyes open.

Laine-Ella is described as Caucasian, around 150cm in height, of slim build with shoulder length blonde hair, and blue eyes.

She was last seen wearing a grey coloured hoodie and black shorts.

Anyone with information is urged to contact police immediately.

Ring 131 564 to provide information about this abduction.

Please ring 000 for life threatening information about this abduction.

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