Chloe Campbell’s shocking disappearance – and then remarkable return to her family – has dominated headlines for the past week.
The disappearance of a little girl always sparks a media storm, but her astonishing reappearance raises as many questions as it solves.
Her whereabouts are now known – and she is thankfully safe, and back with her family. But why she disappeared and who took her are still unknowns.
Three-year-old Chloe was snatched last Thursday and was reported missing from her Ridgeway Street address at around 7am that morning. She had been sleeping in the lounge room in front of the television with her siblings.
At the time of her disappearance, Chloe’s father, Garth Campbell, was quick to say that he suspected his missing three-year-old was taken by a friend of the family. Campbell made a plea to Nine News saying that his daughter was his best friend, the closest thing to the “son he always wanted” and he just wanted her back.
“I don’t think there’s any possible way she’s wandered off,” her father told AAP. “She wouldn’t leave the yard by herself.”
He said he believed that she had been taken by someone who knew the family.
He told News Limited, “I think it’s got to be someone who knows me, in how they got in, where she sleeps. They knew she was sleeping in front of the TV.”
“I hope someone that’s taken her is looking after her. Giving her breaky, lunch, I don’t know, I don’t know what to think.”
But after being found at the local showgrounds nearby her house over the weekend, Chloe has now provided a clue for the investigation into her abduction.