Missing Girl Found

Missing 5-year-old Gold Coast girl found

UPDATE 4.15pm: The desperate search for a five-year-old girl missing for nearly 24 hours has ended in screams of delight and tears of joy on the Gold Coast.

Police confirmed the little girl had been found safe and well in tall grass at the end of Spall Street by two volunteer searchers around 3.10pm.

The Amber Alert for the young girl has since been cancelled.


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The happy news comes after hundreds of police, including officers from Brisbane, police divers, officers on horseback, SES volunteers, Gold Coast Suns players and hundreds of local residents spent the night and day scouring the streets of Nerang and Carrara in search of the little girl.

The youngster went missing after running away from a home on Nielsens Road, near the M1 overpass, in Nerang around 4.30pm on Sunday.

Hundreds of locals, media, SES crews, police and even a pony descended on the Command Post at the 7 Eleven on Nielsens Road to celebrate the youngster being reunited with her father.

While addressing media, the little girl’s father Steve said his daughter suffered a few cuts & scratches, however is doing well considering she has been outside for nearly 24 hours.

He also joked that he will need to invest in a GPS tracker when asked whether he will be keeping a closer eye on the youngster from now on.

The thankful father said the massive ground swell of community support resulted in his daughter being found by two of the volunteer searchers.

UPDATE 3.15pm: The desperate search for a five-year-old girl missing for nearly 24 hours has ended in screams of delight and tears of joy on the Gold Coast.

Police confirmed via their Twitter account that the little girl had been found safe and well around 3.10pm.

They are expected to update the media shortly.

UPDATE 3.00pm:  Police are appealing for dash cam footage as the search for five-year-old Jocelyn reaches its 23rd hour.

“Motorists with dash cam footage, who may have been driving in the vicinity of Nielsens Road anytime from 4pm yesterday, are asked to review their vision to see if it contains any information which may assist police with their investigations,” a statement from police reads.

Jocelyn is described as Caucasian in appearance, around 115 centimetres tall with blonde, shoulder-length hair.

She was last seen wearing a pink t-shirt with a lady bird emblem on the front, dark blue denim shorts and no shoes.

If anyone does locate vision police ask that the footage be downloaded to a USB and delivered to the nearest police station or the Command Post at the 7 Eleven on Nielsens Road.

At the current time police have advised that they have enough volunteers to conduct the search but the public can assist by rechecking backyards and surrounding areas.

The Aunty of missing five-year-old girl Jocelyn fronted media on the Gold Coast this afternoon revealing the little girl likes climbing trees, playing with animals and that her favourite game is hide and seek.

Ms Willnot said Jocelyn is a friendly little girl, however at times can also be very scared.

“Jocelyn can be in one of two moods. Sometimes Jocelyn can be the most happy, bubbly little girl and she will come to you and be beautiful. Other times she can be very scared and if she’s scared she may run,” Ms Willnot warned.

“If you do see her, we ask can you please call the police straight away and keep an eye on her until they can get there.”

UPDATE 1.00pm: The Aunty of missing five-year-old girl Jocelyn has fronted media on the Gold Coast this afternoon revealing the little girl likes climbing trees, playing with animals and that her favourite game is hide and seek.

Jenny Willnot desperately appealed for residents to double check their backyards, especially those with playhouses, as the search for “Jossie” reaches it 22nd hour.

Ms Willnot said Jocelyn is a friendly little girl, however at times can also be very scared.

“Jocelyn can be in one of two moods. Sometimes Jocelyn can be the most happy, bubbly little girl and she will come to you and be beautiful. Other times she can be very scared and if she’s scared she may run,” Ms Willnot warned.

“If you do see her, we ask can you please call the police straight away and keep an eye on her until they can get there.”

More than 160 police, including officers from Brisbane, police divers, officers on horseback and SES volunteers, have joined in on the large scale search around the Nerang and Carrara areas, along with hundreds of local residents and Gold Coast Suns players.

An astounding amount of community support is being seen on the Coast, with locals cooking up free sausage sizzles to feed volunteers helping to search for Jocelyn.

PHOTO: Supplied / Jessica Knap

PHOTO: Supplied / Jessica Knap

Jocelyn remains missing after running away from a home on Nielsens Road, near the M1 overpass, in Nerang around 4.30pm on Sunday.

Residents living in the area between Alexander Drive, Hinkler Drive, Explorer Way and surrounds are being asked to check their yards, sheds, pools and other hiding spots for Jocelyn.

People who have already checked their homes and yards are asked to check again – particularly any areas where a child may curl up, have a sleep or hide.

Police say Jocelyn has a medical condition so she may not react as expected if you approach her. If you see her, call 000 immediately.

A command centre has been setup at the 7-Eleven service station on Nielsens Road, with police asking anyone who wishes to help search for Jocelyn to head to the Command Post so that officers can coordinate the search.

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UPDATE 12.15pm: A family member of missing five-year-old girl Jocelyn is expected to join police in addressing the media shortly.

Jocelyn “Jossie” has been missing from Nerang for more than 19 hours.

Police divers and officers on horse back have arrived in Nerang to join in the search for the 5-year-old, who remains missing after running away from a home on Nielsens Road, near the M1 overpass, in Nerang around 4.30pm on Sunday.

More than 160 police, including officers from Brisbane, and SES volunteers, have joined in on the large scale search around the Nerang and Carrara areas, along with hundreds of local residents and Gold Coast Suns players.

Residents living in the area between Alexander Drive, Hinkler Drive, Explorer Way and surrounds are being asked to check their yards, sheds, pools and other hiding spots for Jocelyn.

People who have already checked their homes and yards are asked to check again – particularly any areas where a child may curl up, have a sleep or hide.

Police say Jocelyn has a medical condition so she may not react as expected if you approach her. If you see her, call 000 immediately.

A command centre has been setup at the 7-Eleven service station on Nielsens Road, with police asking anyone who wishes to help search for Jocelyn to head to the Command Post so that officers can coordinate the search.

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UPDATE 11.30am: Police divers and officers on horse back have arrived in Nerang to join in the search for a 5-year-old girl who has been missing for more than 18 hours.

Jocelyn “Jossie” remains missing after running away from a home on Nielsens Road, near the M1 overpass, in Nerang around 4.30pm on Sunday.

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PHOTO: myGC / Officers on horse back have arrived in Nerang to join in the search for a 5-year-old girl who has been missing for more than 18 hours.

Police confirmed the 5-year-old was last seen on Alison Road, behind Nielsens Road around an hour later, at 5.30pm.

She was not wearing any shoes and was last seen wearing a dark pink t-shirt with a lady bird emblem on the front and dark blue denim shorts.

Police addressed the media at 11.30am, stating that no further clues or sightings have since been made.

More than 160 police, including officers from Brisbane, and SES volunteers, have joined in on the large scale search around the Nerang and Carrara areas, along with hundreds of local residents.

A command centre has been setup at the 7-Eleven service station on Nielsens Road, with police asking anyone who wishes to help search for Jocelyn to head to the Command Post so that officers can coordinate the search.

Residents living in the area between Alexander Drive, Hinkler Drive, Explorer Way and surrounds are being asked to check their yards, sheds, pools and other hiding spots for Jocelyn.

People who have already checked their homes and yards are asked to check again – particularly any areas where a child may curl up, have a sleep or hide.

Police say Jocelyn has a medical condition so she may not react as expected if you approach her. If you see her, call 000 immediately.

PHOTO: myGC

PHOTO: myGC

UPDATE 9.45AM: Police have revoked the emergent situation declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) to assist emergency personnel search for a 5-year-old girl who remains missing in Nerang.

Police said the emergency situation was revoked “due to public cooperation”. The girl remains missing, and the massive search continues. See our updates below for further details.

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Approximately 160 Police and State Emergency Service personnel are currently involved in the search. Reinforcements from Brisbane are expected to arrive on the Gold Coast today.

Police continue to encourage people in the surrounding areas to remain vigilant and search their own property rather than attend the search location.

UPDATE 8.50AM: Police have stepped up their search for a 5-year-old girl who they say went missing from her parents home on the Gold Coast more than 15 hours ago.

The girl remains missing after running away from a home on Nielsens Road, near the M1 overpass, in Nerang around 4.30pm on Sunday.

Police confirmed the 5-year-old was last seen on Alison Road, behind Nielsens Road around an hour later, at 5.30pm, and was reported to have knocked on a door of a house nearby a short time later.

She was not wearing any shoes and was last seen wearing a dark pink t-shirt with a lady bird emblem on the front and dark blue denim shorts.

Police said the girl’s name is Jocelyn and she responds to “Jossie”.

A large scale search first began at around 7pm last night involving both uniformed and plain-clothed police, the dog squad, Pol-Air, SES volunteers and members of the public.

The scene of the police command centre in Nerang PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

The scene of the police command centre in Nerang  on Sunday night PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Police issued an official Amber Alert at 9.43pm, five hours after the child was reported missing PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Police issued an official Amber Alert at 9.43pm, five hours after the child was reported missing PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Officers set up a command centre at the 7-Eleven service station on Nielsens Road and by midnight, more than 150 police officers, including the Rapid Action Patrol, and SES volunteers were involved in the operation.

Hundreds of local residents also joined forces with authorities, taking to the streets armed with their smartphones and torches, desperate to find the little girl.

They searched backyards, checked swimming pools, sheds and scoured bushland, but to no avail.

Hundreds of locals joined forces with police and SES volunteers in the search PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Hundreds of locals joined forces with police and SES volunteers in the search PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

The police helicopter spent hours in the sky over Nerang, Carrara and Mudgeeraba, but it too found no trace of the child.

Many residents left warm blankets, biscuits and bottled water out on their mailboxes overnight, just in case the girl showed up and was cold, hungry or thirsty.

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Residents in the search zone left blankets, biscuits and bottled water out overnight PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

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Residents in the search zone left blankets, biscuits and bottled water out overnight PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

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Residents in the search zone left blankets, biscuits and bottled water out overnight PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

An emergency situation declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act shortly before 1am this morning remains in effect.

The declaration remains in place for the area bounded by Gilston Road, Hinde Road, Latimers Crossing Road, Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Ferry Connection Road, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Gooding Drive, Mudgeeraba Road, Worongary-Advancetown-Mudgeeraba Road.

The search area is large and covers several suburbs.

The search area is large and covers several suburbs.

Just after 8am this morning, police expanded their search area to include Alexandra Drive, Explorer Way and Hinkler Drive.

Residents across the large search zone have been asked to remain vigilant and search their streets, front and backyards, their sheds and any hidey-holes where a child may like to curl up and fall to sleep.

Reinforcements from Brisbane are expected to arrive at the command centre on Nielsens Road today to assist in the search.

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Police gathering at the command centre on Nielsens Road PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

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Police set up a command centre at a 7-Eleven service station on Nielsens Road PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

Additional State Emergency Service volunteers have already turned up this morning, all the way from the Lockyer Valley.

An Amber Alert remains in place.

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More than 150 police and SES volunteers were involved in the search PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

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The search consisted of dozens of SES volunteers PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

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Police on scene at the Nielsens Road command centre PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

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Police are patrolling streets in the search zone PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

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Police head off to start searching after being briefed on Monday morning PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

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The 7-Eleven on Nielsens Road was overrun by emergency services PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

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Police are patrolling streets in the search zone PHOTO: © Jaydan Duck

UPDATE 1.15AM: The Queensland Police Service continues to seek urgent public assistance to help locate a 5-year-old girl who was reported missing from Nielsens Road, Nerang at 4.30pm yesterday.

An exclusion zone has been declared under the Public Safety Preservation Act (PSPA) to assist police and SES personnel search for the missing girl.

The exclusion zone was declared at 12:50 and is bounded by Gilston Road, Hinde Road, Latimers Crossing Road, Nerang-Murwillumbah Road, Beaudesert-Nerang Road, Ferry Connection Road, Nerang-Broadbeach Road, Gooding Drive, Mudgeeraba Road, Worongary-Advancetown-Mudgeeraba Road.

Approximately 160 Police and State Emergency Service personnel are currently involved in the search, including members of Gold Coast Rapid Action Patrol, plain clothes officers and Pol-Air.

Police continue to encourage people in the surrounding areas to remain vigilant.

  • Ring 131 564 to provide information about this incident.
  • Ring 000 for life threatening information about this incident

EARLIER at 11.04PM: Police are still seeking urgent public assistance to help locate a 5-year-old girl who went missing from Nielsens Road in Nerang at around 4.30 on Sunday afternoon.

Approximately 120 police and State Emergency Service personnel are involved in the search, including members of the Gold Coast Rapid Action Patrol (RAP) and plain clothed police.

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The police helicopter is also assisting, as are hundreds of local residents.

Police say the primary search area is the western side of the M1 at Nerang, however officers are urging people in the surrounding areas to remain vigilant.

A police command centre has been set up at a 7-Eleven service station near where the 5-year-old girl went missing.

Authorities have urged residents in the immediate and surrounding area to check their front and back yards, swimming pools and sheds.

  • Ring 131 564 to provide information about this incident.
  • Ring 000 for life threatening information about this incident
The scene of the police command centre in Nerang PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

The scene of the police command centre in Nerang PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

More than 120 police and SES personnel were involved in the search on Sunday night PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

More than 120 police and SES personnel were involved in the search on Sunday night PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Police at the scene of the command centre in Nerang PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Police at the scene of the command centre in Nerang PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Police issued an official Amber Alert at 9.43pm, five hours after the child was reported missing PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Police issued an official Amber Alert at 9.43pm, five hours after the child was reported missing PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Police gathering at the command centre on Nielsens Road PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Police gathering at the command centre on Nielsens Road PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Hundreds of locals joined forces with police and SES volunteers in the search PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

Hundreds of locals joined forces with police and SES volunteers in the search PHOTO: Supplied by Tom Delaney

UPDATE 9.43PM: Police have just issued an Amber Alert for a five-year-old girl who went missing from Nielsens Road in Nerang more than five hours ago.

Police now say the child may be at significant risk.

The five-year-old girl was with her mother and father when police say she “ran off” around 4.30pm.

Police have since confirmed she was last seen by a member of the public on Alison Road around 5.30pm.

Hundreds of locals have joined forces with police and State Emergency Service volunteers in the desperate search.

Police say around 50 officers and 50 SES volunteers were involved in the search at 9.30pm, with more SES volunteers on the way to assist from Logan.

Authorities are urging residents in the search area to help by checking their yards, pools and sheds.

She is described as Caucasian in appearance with blonde shoulder length hair, blue eyes and is 115cm tall.

She was last seen wearing a dark pink t-shirt with a lady bird emblem on the front and dark blue denim shorts.

She was not wearing any shoes.

  • Ring 131 564 to provide information about this incident.
  • Ring 000 for life threatening information about this incident

EARLIER: Police are searching for a 5-year-old girl who has gone missing after running off from her parents in Nerang this afternoon.

Police say the girl was last seen at 4.30pm at Nielsens Road, near the motorway overpass.

Authorities hold concerns for her welfare due to her age. Police say she also suffers from a medical condition.

The girl is Caucasian in appearance with blonde shoulder length hair, blue eyes and is approximately 115cm tall. She was last seen wearing a dark pink t-shirt with a

She was last seen wearing a dark pink t-shirt with a lady bird emblem on the front, dark blue denim shorts and no foot wear.

“Initial investigations suggest there is no suspicious circumstances surrounding the girl’s disappearance at this time,” police said in a statement.

Police urge residents in the Nerang area to check their yards for the girl.

Anyone who has information about her location is urged to call ‘000’ immediately.