Missing NSW Girl Found After Amber Alert Released By Police
A toddler and her father, missing since Monday, were the subject of an urgent police search on the NSW north coast.
UPDATE: 22-month-old Aria Jane Killiby was found safe late on Wednesday night and it has been alleged she was taken by her father.
NSW Police attended an address in Grafton on Monday morning, planning to execute a Child Recovery Order issued due to "extreme concerns for the welfare" of Killiby.
Officers searched the address, but neither the girl nor her father -- Leroy Killiby, 24 -- were able to be found.
Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said police are concerned by “the behaviour of Mr Killaby, the fact that orders have been issued, the fact that he is aware of those orders being issued and that he has failed to present the child" and has now left the area".
Police are now searching for the pair as a matter of urgency, and issued an amber alert on Wednesday afternoon.
It’s believed the pair left the Grafton area and travelled through rural areas into Queensland, Jameson said, with police in that state also sharing the alert on social media.
The pair are believed to be travelling in a red Jeep Cherokee, with Queensland registration plates 131-XDG.
Aria is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a fair complexion, blonde hair and brown eyes.
Her father Leon is described as of Caucasian appearance with a fair complexion, of medium build, 170cm-175cm tall, with brown hair and a brown beard.
Police said he recently shaved one side of his head, and tattooed the words ‘Aria Jane’ with a wasp motif.
The child’s mother, her address and her current location are known to police.
“She is aware of the current actions by NSW Police in trying to recover her daughter,” Jameson said.
He said police are following up “a number of leads” from the community and comments on social media.
A Facebook account appearing to belong to Killiby has left a long comment on the NSW Police Facebook page, claiming the amber alert is a "false allegation" and that orders have been made without his knowing.
“False allegations have been made against myself and orders have been made with out (sic) me knowing or having the opportunity to defend Aria or myself,” the comment states.
A separate commenter accused Killiby of lying and claimed to have “pulled up to the park as [you] sped off”.
“Why did you steal her phone? Why was there no car seat in the ute? Why was there no bag packed for ari?,” the comment reads.
“Seriously just stop lying and step up.”
Jameson said he is aware of the comments, and they are part of the ongoing investigation.
Police are asking the public to be on alert and report any sightings of Killiby or the car.
He is known to frequent the areas of Tweed Heads and Queensland.
Police are asking people to ring Triple Zero (000) to provide any information about this abduction.
Featured image: NSW Police