An 11-year-old Gold Coast girl has been missing for 10 days and police hold serious concerns about her welfare.
Laine-Ella Hyland hasn’t been heard from or seen since she was at a Southport address on August 24, police say.
“Investigations in the last few days have raised some concern around her safety,” Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith told reporters.
An Amber Alert was issued on Thursday with Mr Smith saying the child’s complex history delayed the response.
“I can’t think of anyone more vulnerable than an 11-year-old on the street,” he said.
“Someone knows where she is … We just want her back.”
Mr Smith said it was likely someone or a group of people was helping Laine-Ella and they should immediately contact police.
“We ask her if she’s watching … Come out, come home,” he said.
Detectives also believe people have been lying about Laine-Ella’s whereabouts.
“Why anyone would do that when we are talking about the safety of an 11-year-old is beyond me,” Mr Smith said.
“I think this group of people should wake up to themselves.”
Laine-Ella was previously seen leaving her Main Beach home, where she lives with her mother, at 8.30pm on August 18 following an argument.
“We now have information suggesting she was (also) seen on the 24th at Water Street in Southport,” he said.
“That’s the last active sighting. Some nine days, that’s a long time.”
Laine-Ella is Caucasian, slim and about 150cm tall with shoulder-length blonde hair and blue eyes.
She was last seen wearing a grey hoodie and black shorts.