Miss­ing girl found safe

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A 16-YEAR-OLD school girl who went miss­ing on Fri­day was found late last night.

Child Pro­tec­tion and In­ves­ti­ga­tion Unit of­fi­cer-in-charge De­tec­tive Se­nior Sergeant Ch­eryl Scan­lon said a 19-yearold male had at­tempted to re­turn the girl to her par­ents home shortly be­fore 10pm yes­ter­day.

‘‘A 19-year-old male has pre­sented with the child and fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions will con­tinue with po­lice,’’ Sen-Sgt Scan­lon said.

‘‘He has tried to re­turn her to the fam­ily and po­lice have ar­rived at the house at the same time.’’

She said in­ter­views would be con­ducted overnight to as­cer- tain the cir­cum­stances be­hind the girl’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

The girl’s Kirwan fam­ily had a heart­break­ing Christ­mas, wait­ing for news of their teenage daugh­ter who had been miss­ing for four days.

Po­lice held grave fears for Pa­tri­cia who had never spent a night away from home.

Po­lice ini­tially be­lieved Pa­tri­cia may have been trav­el­ling south to visit fam­ily in Bendigo, af­ter she was seen walk­ing south on Bowen Rd in An­nan­dale about 2pm on Fri­day.

How­ever a teacher from her school con­firmed she had spo­ken to her at Stock­land about 1.15pm on Satur­day.

Sen-Sgt Ch­eryl Scan­lon

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