Great news as girl ‘located safe and well’ | Community Search and Rescue and public ‘thanked for their help and support in locating this child’ during major search operation’

Police in Castlewellan have thanked everyone for their efforts as it was confirmed that the little girl reported this morning walking through Castlewellam has been found.

By Gemma Murray
Wednesday, 30th March 2022, 3:13 pm

Temporary Chief Inspector Adam Corner said: “The young girl has been located safe and well.

“We would like to thank Community Search and Rescue and the public for their help and support in locating this child.”

A short time earlier he renewed his appeal for information about the whereabouts of a young girl last seen on the Main Street shortly before 5am this morning, Wednesday 30 March 2022.

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Image of child seen wandering on Castlewellan

He then said that despite an earlier media appeal, police still had been unable to locate the child.

Temporary Chief Inspector Adam Corner then said: “A number of hours have now passed since this little girl was last seen.

“To date we have received no missing person’s report.

“We need to establish if this little girl is in the safe care of someone or if she remains unaccounted for.

Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th March 2022 Police and Search and Rescue persons conduct a search of Castlewellan, Co. Down, where a young girl was spotted on CCTV walking on her own in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

“Even if the little girl has returned home, our primary concern remains on the welfare of the child and I would strongly encourage any family to contact us.

“If anyone who may have seen the girl who was wearing a distinctive lilac coat with a fur trim around the hood, a pink dress, pink leggings and short ankle boots or has information about who she is or who knows of her current whereabouts to come forward contact police immediately on 101 or 999 quoting 181 30/03/22.”

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Press Eye - Belfast - Northern Ireland - 30th March 2022 Police and Search and Rescue persons conduct a search of Castlewellan, Co. Down, where a young girl was spotted on CCTV walking on her own in the early hours of Tuesday morning. Picture by Jonathan Porter/PressEye

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