Police search for 3yo Chloe
Police issue a child abduction alert Thursday for three-year-old Chloe Campbell, who was taken from her home at Childers near Bundaberg during the night.PT0M39S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-36elz 620 349 April 10, 2014
Nothing seemed out of the ordinary when little Chloe Campbell went to bed on Wednesday night.
The three-year-old was wearing colourful pyjamas, with butterflies and bees on the front of her white top and love hearts on her yellow shorts when her parents tucked her in and kissed her goodnight.
By 7am Thursday, the smiling toddler had vanished from the bedroom of her Childers home.
Police close the Childers street where Chloe Campbell was abducted. Photo: Sophie Walsh/Nine News
Police issued a child abduction alert at 9am, with fears Chloe may be at risk.
With a population slightly less than 1500, Childers is a sleepy small town about a half hour drive southwest of Bundaberg.
The Campbells’ brick and wood high-set home lies on Ridgeway Street, which backs onto the local showgrounds and is just metres from Isis High School.
Chloe Campbell, 3, was taken from a Childers home sometime before 7am. Photo: Supplied
By early Thursday afternoon, about 40 State Emergency Service personnel had been called in to help police search the grounds, the school and surrounding streets.
District Inspector Kev Guteridge said dams, paddocks and open bushland were also being searched, with the RACQ helicopter in the air to assist the hunt.
“That search will continue until dark tonight,” he said.
“We do hold very serious concerns for the safety of the little girl.”
Officers quickly fingerprinted the home and reportedly discovered the first clue on the roof of a silver sedan parked in the driveway beside Chloe’s bedroom window.
It was a footprint.
Locals say everyone is on alert for any sign of the toddler, with Facebook playing a central role in disseminating information.
Bundaberg Regional Shire Mayor Mal Forman said the whole town would be stressed and concerned about Chloe’s abduction.
“They are a close knit community, and I’m sure young Chloe and her family are known, and I feel for the family,” he said.
“We put our trust in the police that they will find young Chloe, and hope that it’s for the best.”
Cr Forman said the council stood ready to help the search.
“We are available to help and assist in any way we could, but police are the lead agency on this so we have to talk to them to see what we could do,” he said.
Chloe is 100cm tall, with fair shoulder-length hair.
It’s believed Chloe may also be carrying a blue soft toy shaped like a dog, as well as a grey blanket.
Anyone who may have seen Chloe should call 131 564, or 000 if there is a life-threatening situation.