Tragic end to frantic search for missing Queensland girl

A three-year-old girl who went missing from a home on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast has been found dead.

The girl’s mother noticed Elenore had gone missing from their rural property at Cootharaba near Noosa at about 1.30pm on Monday afternoon.

The family scoured the property for around an hour before calling in emergency services.


Police launched a major search around 3.30pm while Elenore’s grandmother launched a plea on Facebook to help find her.

At the height of the search more than 200 Police, emergency services and community members joined the search while a helicopter was also brought in to assist.

The reaction from the community was so large, Police at one stage were forced to ask that no one else join the search effort.

Around midnight, the body of the three-year-old was found in a dam just 150 metres from the family home.

Police are investigating the death and preparing a report for the coroner.

They have thanked local community members, SES and Rural Fire Brigade who assisted with the search for the child.