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3-year-old girl believed to have been abducted found alive in Australia

A major search operation was initiated to find 3-year-old Chloe Campbell.

A 3-YEAR-OLD GIRL believed to have been abducted from a home in Australia has been found alive, almost two days after she went missing.

Chloe Campbell was reported missing by her mother just before 7am on Thursday morning from a home in Childers, Queensland, on the eastern coast of Australia. A blue toy and a grey blanket were also gone from the house.

Queensland Police initiated a child abduction alert and a major land and air search was initiated in a bid to find the child.

Police confirmed that she was found safe and well at showgrounds close to the family home late on Friday night and has been taken to hospital for treatment.

“It’s one of those dreams that came true,” Inspector Kevin Gutteridge told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It’s the greatest possible outcome for everyone, and for her to be reunited with her mum in hospital was absolutely incredible”.

“I’m over the world. There is no other word to really describe how I’m feeling, just overjoyed,” Chloe’s mother Tammy O’Donnell said.

Gutteridge said that the 3-year-old was found  unexpectedly, and he urged anyone with information about what happened to her to come forward.

“Obviously how she came to be [found] will be part of the investigation,” he said.

Police have said that investigations are continuing.

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