Krystal's father overjoyed before reunion
AUDIO: Wally Muhieddine jokes that telling the nation's media that his daughter, Krystal still sleeps with her teddy bear is punishment enough for her running away. Courtesy Radio 2UE.PT5M41S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2ygow 620 349 November 29, 2013
Reunited with his runaway daughter Krystal on Friday evening, Wally Muhieddine was simply ecstatic.
‘‘I got my daughter back!’’ he told Fairfax Media.
‘‘We’re really happy today. We’re jumping out of our skin.’’
Safe and well: Krystal Muhieddine. Photo: Supplied
The 14-year-old girl was in tears as she ran into her parents arms in ‘‘a three way hug’’ in the Victorian regional town of Colac.
‘‘We were all crying,’’ Mr Muhieddine said. ‘‘Nothing was said.’’ It had been an emotional few days for Mr Muhieddine and his wife Suzanne, who had last seen Krystal in the passenger seat of a silver hatchback with red P-plates outside the family’s Hunters Hill home at 5.30am on Tuesday.
The car had sped off - the driver of the car a man they had never met, and they had no idea where the teenagers might be going.
Fearing the worst, they made an emotional and public plea for their daughter’s return at a press conference on Thursday.
‘‘Someone was waiting for her,’’ Mrs Muhieddine said.
‘‘She’s never dated anyone. She’s never had a boyfriend. She’s never been anywhere without me dropping her off.’’
Mr Muhieddine said that they knew Krystal had been communicating with someone online, but they had not permitted social media in the house.
Mr and Mrs Muhieddine flew into Melbourne’s Tullamarine airport on Friday afternoon, after police found Krystal and a teenage boy, also under the age of 18, in a coffee shop near the Aire River, in regional Victoria earlier on Friday.
They had been camping, Mr Muhieddine said.
‘‘Oh they’ve had a delightful time. They had a campfire and roasted marshmallows,’’ he said. ‘‘She was glad to be found. I think the novelty was wearing off. I don’t think she realises what she’s caused over the last four days.’’
Krystal was examined by paramedics ‘‘was a bit uncomfortable’’ after falling at the campsite and hitting her head.
Krystal told her parents she had been angry and frustrated at home and ‘‘it had been building up for a long time.’’
While Krystal didn’t want to speak on the phone to Fairfax Media, she told her father that she was not longer angry.
Mr Muhieddine said they will now discuss how they can ‘‘be better parents.’’
‘‘We’re going to approach this from a position of negotiation, see what she would like and what’s satisfies us,’’ he said.
‘‘Clearly what we’ve been doing hasn’t worked.’’
Mr Muhieddine said he had not yet spoken with Krystal about the boy she was with and only knows he is a minor.
‘‘Our heart goes out to parents who don’t get the same good news we received today.’’
A Gladesville police officer refused to elaborate on how they had found Krystal, saying only: ‘‘Members of the public came forward with information we were looking into, but that wasn’t how we located her.’’