Homicide squad join search for missing girl, 11

 

The homicide squad has been brought in to help search for a missing 11-year-old Gold Coast girl.

Police say they have not ruled out foul play in the disappearance of Laine-Ella Hyland who has not been seen since August 24.

She went missing from her Main Beach home on August 18.

A screenshot from a video released by Queensland Police in the search for missing Gold Coast girl Laine-Ella Hyland. It's the last confirmed sighting of the 11-year-old. An amber alert remains active. Picture: Queensland Police
A screenshot from a video released by Queensland Police in the search for missing Gold Coast girl Laine-Ella Hyland. It's the last confirmed sighting of the 11-year-old. An amber alert remains active. Picture: Queensland Police

Police today released video footage of Laine-Ella meeting with two other girls on August 18.

Regional crime co-ordinator Detective Superintendent Brendan Smith said the fact that Laine-Ella has not been seen for 10 days was a 'massive concern'.

"Most runaways would be seen by somebody … that's really heightened my concern," he said.

Supt Smith said the Homicide Squad were assisting in the search and police were very anxious to see 'proof of life'.

"Ten days is a long time …," he said.

"I'm hoping it's because she doesn't want to be found but I can't rule out foul play."

Laine-Ella Hyland was left her Main Beach home on the evening of August 18. She was last seen at a Southport address on August 24.
Laine-Ella Hyland was left her Main Beach home on the evening of August 18. She was last seen at a Southport address on August 24.

While detectives are not ruling out the prospect of child abduction, southeastern region crime coordinator Brendan Smith said there was evidence to suggest another family was aiding the child and publicly called on them to do the right thing.

"Some of the people we have been dealing with have not been telling us the whole truth," he said.

"This group of people who know they are.

"Why someone would do that when we are talking about the safety of an 11-year-old child is beyond me.

"They need to wake up to themselves."

Detective Inspector Smith said the girl's young age and lack of access to money or a telephone made her extremely vulnerable.

"I can't think of anyone more vulnerable than an 11-year-old child," he said.

He also called on anyone who could be harbouring the missing girl to come forward to police.

"We just want her back," he said.

"Everybody is concerned.

"Somebody has to stand up and let us know."

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.

Ring 131 564 to provide and information or phone Triple-0 with life threatening information.

 

Originally published as 'Not telling the truth': Cops say family hiding girl


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