MISSING: Police launch a search for a three-year-old who went missing at Cootharaba.
MISSING: Police launch a search for a three-year-old who went missing at Cootharaba.

HEARTACHE: Body of little girl found after frantic search

UPDATE:

A SUNSHINE Coast community's frantic search for a three-year-old girl who went missing on a rural property has ended in heartache.

More than 100 community members joined almost 100 emergency workers to scour the Cootharaba property for the girl, who went missing from her home about 1.30pm.

A police spokesman said there were a number of dams on the rural property and teams had waded through one body of water near the residence.

An aerial search was also organised to help police on the ground.

In the early hours of Tuesday, the tragic news came through.

"The 3-year-old girl reported missing in Cootharaba yesterday afternoon has been located deceased,'' police said in a statement.

"Around midnight police divers located the child in a dam approximately 150m from the house.

"Police are investigating the death and preparing a report for the coroner.

"Police would like to thank local community members, SES and Rural Fire Brigade who assisted with the search for the child.

Helicopters brought in for search

HELICOPTERS have been brought in to join an urgent search for a three-year-old girl missing on a property on the Sunshine Coast.

The little girl was noticed missing this afternoon, with police notified at 3.30pm after efforts to find her at the Cootharaba property failed.

Police joined the search, scouring the little girl's home, property and neighbouring homes. An aerial search was organised to help police on the ground.

The little girl went missing on a rural property with lots of dams. Search teams have already waded through a dam not far from the residence.

Locals have reported hearing the police helicopter's loud hailer alerting them to be on the lookout for a missing three-year-old girl.

Others have taken to Facebook groups to plead with Cootharaba locals to come and join the search, asking them to bring gumboots and torches.

The little girl is described as Caucasian, 76cm tall with blonde curly hair.

She was last seen wearing long white pants and a light pink top.

Police urgently want to speak to anyone who has seen the girl in the vicinity of Coothabara Rd and Kabi Rd.


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