FIVE-year-old Jocelyn Lewis was found safe yesterday after going missing for almost 24 hours on the Gold Coast.

Jocelyn was found at about 3pm Monday after a member of the public spotted her not far from where she first went missing.

She was given food and water while paramedics assessed her and she was reunited with her family.

An Amber Alert was issued on Sunday night and continued Monday for Jocelyn after she went missing from Nerang at about 4.30pm on Sunday.

About 150 people searched the area yesterday and calls were made for nearby residents to check their backyards, sheds, pools and potential hiding spots.

Police also issued a call for dashcam footage to help with their search. Jocelyn's aunt, Jenny Willmott, said the five-year-old liked to play hide-and-seek and that the family was concerned she was hiding somewhere.

Ms Willmott also said Jocelyn could be in one of two moods: happy and bubbly or scared and prone to running away. 

UPDATE 3.40PM: THE crowd gathered around the Nerang home of Gold Coast girl Jocelyn Lewis has erupted in cheers after news emerged she had been found. 

The girl was spotted by two women reportedly lying in an underpass mere minutes away from her home, on the M1. 

 

Earlier Jocelyn's auntie Jenny Wilmott fronted media explaining her niece loves to play hide and seek and the family were confident that was behind her disappearance.

Thousands of people, from SES volunteers, to local residents and even AFL team the Gold Coast Suns stepped forward to assist the search. 

UPDATE 3.12PM: Reports are emerging that Jocelyn, the five year-old Gold Coast girl missing for almost 20 hours has been found safe and well. 

UPDATE 3PM: POLICE have appealed for members of the public to come forward with dash cam footage as the search for five year-old Jocelyn continues on the Gold Coast this afternoon. 

Police ask that motorists with dash cam footage, who may have been driving in the vicinity of Nielsens Rd Nerang, anytime from 4pm yesterday, review their vision to see if it contains any information which may assist the search.

UPDATE 2PM: POLICE have expanded their search area as hundreds of Gold Coast residents turn out to search for a five year-old girl now missing for almost 18 hours. 

The search area now runs over a 10km radius which includes Carrara, Highland Park, Boonooroo Park and Nerang. 

 

 

The increased effort comes as Gold Coasr AFL team the Suns join the search effort. 

The girl, 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.

Earlier Jocelyn's auntie described her as a girl with a beautiful nature whose favourite game is hide and seek. 

"Jocelyn can be in one of two moods - she can be the happiest bubbliest little girl, other times she can be very scared and if she's scared she may run," the auntie said. 

For this reason authorities are asking that if you see Jocelyn do not approach her - instead call police. 

UPDATE 1.05PM: The auntie of a five year-old girl missing from her home in Nerang on the Gold Coast have provided further information to the public as a massive search continues this morning. 

Jocelyn's auntie told cameras her daughter loves to climb trees and play with animals. 

She also said it was possible Jocelyn may be doubling back on her route but may not know the area well enough to be able to find her way back to her father's home. 

UPDATE 12.07PM: Police are now calling for residents in the area between Alexander Drive, Hinkler Drive, Explorer Way and surrounds 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.

 

 

Those who are searching for her should call out her name.

If you locate Jocelyn, do not approach her as she suffers from a medical condition and may not react as expected.

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 ladybird emblem on the front, dark blue denim shorts and no shoes.

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Police divers join search for 5-year-old Jocelyn

WATER police divers have joined the search on the Gold Coast for a missing five-year-old girl who has not been seen since Sunday afternoon.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports mounted police are also joining the massive search.

Police have been inundated with calls from people volunteering to search in Carrara and Nerang.

They have urged anyone who sees 'Jocelyn' to call '000'.

Residents in the search area have put out care packages for the child outside their homes, including blankets, teddy bears and food.

Chief Superintendent Terry Borland told reporters on Monday the search area would expand to include areas beyond where she was last seen.

It would now include the areas surrounded Alexandra Drv and Explorer Way.

"The reason we're moving there, the current locations we have searched overnight were the last known sightings where Jocelyn was last seen and we're moving to another area close by to see if we can locate her in that area," Chief Supt Borland.

He said those who walk, jog or do the morning school run in the area needed to be vigilant.

"They may see this little girl walking around or laying down or around in covered areas."

"Anyone who is out and about, we're asking them to keep their eyes open and provide advice back to police."

Meanwhile, police have revoked an emergent situation 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 12.50am and was 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.

Due to public cooperation the PSPA has since been revoked.

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 and search their own property rather than attend the search location.

Jocelyn is wearing a pink top with a ladybird on its front, and was last seen in demin shorts. She is 150cm tall and has blonde hair.

If spotted, police are asking the public to contact police to approach her, as she has a medical condition that has not been made public.

Police hoping girl, 5, will be found safe

THE desperate search for a missing five-year-old girl is continuing in Queensland after she vanished from a Gold Coast suburb.

Queensland Police have released multiple amber alerts for the the girl who was reported missing from Nielsens Road, Nerang at 4.30pm on Sunday.

On Monday morning, police urged residents not to approach the girl if she is found but immediately contact police because of a medical condition she has.

Acting Inspector Laurie Shevlin said the family was 'obviously very distressed'.

Police remain hopeful that the girl may be sleeping somewhere.

"We are hoping daylight brings better news on this little girl. We are hoping that she has fallen asleep and she will wake soon, and we'll get some good news there."

"The last confirmed sighting was at Alison Way at Boonoroo Park, and a couple of confirmations of her approaching a residence, where member of the public has seen her and then we have no further confirmed sightings since then.

"We ask the community that they take a look around their yards. Any place that a small child might be able to take some shelter. certainly if they see a young girl we ask that they contact police immediately.

"There are a couple of medical conditions that we need to be sensitive towards, so if people could call triple-0 immediately we have the ability to make a rapid response," Insp Shevlin said.

They would not comment on questions about whether her disappearance was suspicious.

The girl ran away from her parents at home.

Police say the girl has lived in the area for some time.

"We are hoping she has found a safe place of refuge,'' Acting Insp Shevlin said.

Residents from around the area have been joining the search.

Police and SES have been door-knocking, going into backyards and sheds, they said.

Fresh searches are being conducted this morning.

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.

Many members of the public joined the search for the girl, who is wearing a dark pink shirt and denim shorts.

Police said there have been confirmed sightings of the girl, who suffers from a medical condition.

"Some people have seen her in some of the backstreets earlier in the afternoon. However the last confirmed sighting was around 5:30pm this afternoon," police said.

The girl 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, dark blue denim shorts and no foot wear.

Ring 131 564 to provide information about this incident.

Police said overnight there was nothing to suggest anything untoward has happened to the girl but they were very concerned about her suffering from the cold, as she is only in summer clothing and was not wearing shoes.


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