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Extra 10 detectives arrive in Childers as cops wait on DNA

UPDATE 2.58PM TUESDAY: An extra 10 detectives have arrived in Childers today in an effort to track down the person or people who abducted three-year-old Chloe Campbell from her family home. 

Speaking to the media in Childers this after, Detective Inspector Bruce McNab said police were still calling on the public to come forward with any information they could, and said no suspects had been eliminated at this stage.

"Police have interviewed a number of people in the Childers area," he said.

"People have come forward to provide their DNA and foot prints and fingerprints.

"We'd appeal to anyone who may have been walking in the eartly hours of the morning in the days leading up to her abduction and may have observed someone acting suspiciously in the area, or a vehicle," he said.

Det Insp McNab said while there were many rumours flying around, police would listen to anyone who came to them with information. 

"We welcome any idea and we'll follow it to its logical conclusion," he said.

"We're not discouraging anyone coming forward with any theories or ideas.

"We would encourage people to ring Crime Stoppers and we will follow any ideas they've got to a logical conclusion."

Det Insp McNab said Chloe's parents were not considered suspects, and said it could take time to eliminate others from the investigation because it could take time for DNA results to arrive back.

"Some of the DNA is coming in in the next week or so and other DNA will take some time," he said.

He said a number of people were being investigated but refused to say how many.

Det Insp McNab said parents in the area should take the usual precautions but it wasn't thought any other children were at risk of the same events. 

"We believe (the abduction) was directed at Chloe," he said. 

"We don't have any information at hand that anyone else is at risk."

However, Det Insp McNab also said detectives had no evidence that Chloe's family were being targeted in the lead-up to the crime.

"We don't have any evidence to date that someone was targeting them leading up to her being abducted from the house but we're keeping an open mind," he said.

Det Insp McNab said young Chloe had been helpful with investigations.

"She's provided us with information, she's provided her family with information and it's really been of benefit," he said.

"Someone in Childers or the surrounding areas has answer as to who took Chloe and we are staying here until we find the answer to that question."

Det Insp Mcnab said today's influx of detectives takes the number of detectives working on the case to the "25-30" mark.
 

UPDATE 7.20AM TUESDAY: Footage has emerged online of CCTV footage taken by a resident in the area around the time Chloe went missing.

The blurry footage shows three people - two adults and a child - walking down the street after midnight.

State media has also reported that DNA samples have been taken from about 20 people as police investigate what happened to Chloe who was taken from her family's Childers home last week.

UPDATE 1.20PM MONDAY: Speaking today at a press conference in Childers, Detective Inspector Bruce McNab has renewed calls for information about the disappearance of Childers toddler Chloe Campbell.

"We're still conducting a number of inquiries into the events surrounds the disappearance of Chloe and also her reappearance," he said.

"We're examining the house still, conducting forensic examinations at the house and interviewing a number of people who have come forward to provide us with information in relation to Chloe.

"I think it's important to stress that the cowards that left her in the showgrounds' yard in the early hours of the morning just after midnight did so in the darkness and what we're focused on now is attempting to find the people who removed her from her family home and then left her in such a fashion in the darkness."

When questioned about the motives for Chloe's disappearance, Det Insp McNab said police were keeping an open mind in their investigations.

"I think it's really important that we all keep an open mind in relation to what was the motivation behind Chloe being taken from her family home and being returned in the way that she was," he said.

"It's dangerous for me to talk about specific lines of inquiry because I don't want to give fuel to any rumours that are going around town."

Det Insp McNab said it was a "saving grace" that Chloe was in a good condition when she was found, but said the issue at large was finding out who took the little girl and why.

"Everyone wants to find who took Chloe, the question today is who took Chloe," he said.

"The real questions remains of who took her."

Det Insp McNab renewed calls for information on Chloe's disappearance.

"We'd ask anyone who's travelled through her in the last few months if they've seen anything strange or unusual to call us," he said.

When asked about reports in some media that Chloe had said it was "daddy's friends" who kidnapped her, Det Insp McNab said he had not heard those reports from Chloe or her family.

"What I can say is that Chloe is a great kid and it's fantastic to see her safe and well," he said.

"Chloe's talking to us quite regularly, she's also talking to family.

"We've interviewed her a number of times and we've spoken to her a number of times and we've not heard this from the family, or from her."

Chloe Campbell went missing for 48 hours.
Chloe Campbell went missing for 48 hours.

UPDATE: TODDLER Chloe Campbell was snatched from her home to frighten her father in an act of retribution, family friends believe.

The three-year-old had gone missing from the family's lounge room, where she'd been sleeping with her siblings, before turning up 42 hours later at the showground across the road from her Childers home.

The little girl was returned to her mother Tammy O'Donnell at 1am (AEST) on Saturday after being found by police.

Her disappearance had sparked a massive police hunt and searchers were beginning to fear for the worst after two days of fruitless searching.

Queensland police are trying to find out if the little girl was abducted or wandered off.

Family friends have told the Sunday Mail that they think a threat against Chloe's father, Garth Campbell, about two months ago is linked to her vanishing.

Melissa Small told the Queensland newspaper she suspected the person or people behind the threat to Mr Campbell had snatched Chloe, and that the threat to him had been officially reported.

"They've done this to scare Garth,'' Ms Small told the Sunday Mail.

"Garth has been very scared and this is why he is a mess.

"They're just messed up people. If they are the people, they are close family friends.''

One family member told the newspaper the abductor must have known the girls were sleeping in the lounge room.

"It's not nice to think it was someone they know. I've met their friends and they all seem like really decent people - battlers - I couldn't imagine it would be them,'' the family member said.

"But then, too many things point to the fact they must have known the girls were sleeping in the lounge on the holidays. Someone would have to have known that.''

Police have begun talking with Chloe and have collected any possible DNA evidence from her clothes.

Ms O'Donnell told reporters she was "overjoyed'' when she was reunited with Chloe at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, where she was examined and later released.

"She opened her eyes a little bit and (said) `Mummy want to go home now' and passed out,'' the mother of four said.

"I was just in tears. I didn't care if she woke up or not and then I just laid on the bed with her and gave her cuddles for a while and then we just came home to let everyone know.''

Investigations are continuing.

(NZ Herald)

EARLIER: POLICE trying to unravel the mysterious disappearance and return of Chloe Campbell are interviewing the three-year-old Childers girl and her mother.

Chloe was reported abducted from her family home, where she had been sleeping in the lounge room, on Thursday morning, sparking a huge police hunt.

But 42 hours after she went missing, police found her about 1am yesterday in the town's showgrounds across the road from her home while police were "performing crime scene duties nearby".

Detectives yesterday spoke with Chloe and her mother Tammy O'Donnell at Childers police station.

 

Ms O'Donnell rushed to her daughter at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, hours after making a tearful plea for Chloe to be returned.

Inspector Kevin Guteridge said Chloe "appeared" at the showgrounds "quite randomly".

"We have no idea as to how she came to be here. We are looking at every aspect of that and maintaining a very open mind," he said.

"Obviously how she came to be at the showgrounds will be part of the investigation.

"It's one of those dreams that came true ... the greatest possible outcome for everyone."

Chloe's mother said she was "over the world".

"There is no other word to really describe how I'm feeling, just overjoyed," she told reporters.

"I was just in tears. I didn't care if she woke up or not and then I just laid on the bed with her and gave her cuddles for a while and then we just came home to let everyone know."

Topics:  childers, chloe campbell, missing person, police



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