Re­lief as girls found

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

A GOLD Coast mother was “numb” with re­lief af­ter her miss­ing 13- year- old daugh­ter and a friend were found yes­ter­day af­ter four days on the run.

But mys­tery sur­rounds how the girls ended up in Gympie, more than 250km from home.

Emily Howarth, 13, and Holly Good­win, 14, were found by po­lice yes­ter­day af­ter they went miss­ing from Emily’s home on Thurs­day night.

They are be­lieved to have left a note and packed be­long­ings be­fore they dis­ap­peared.

Po­lice re­leased pho­tos and held a me­dia con­fer­ence yes­ter­day to ap­peal for tips.

The girls were found “safe and well” about 1pm, re­port­edly with a woman in Gympie.

De­tec­tive In­spec­tor Mark White ruled out any link to a new Face­book fad en­cour­ag­ing chil­dren to van­ish for 72 hours as a “chal­lenge”.

Emily’s mother, Elsa, took to Face­book to voice her re­lief.

“I am so re­lieved I’m al­most numb,” she posted. “I feel like my life has come off hold again.”

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