Michelle Levy, 11, has returned home after being missing for 40 hours.
She was reunited with her family in North Bondi on Monday evening, after being released into the custody of “trusted” family members earlier in the day.
Adam Levy said he was thrilled his daughter had been found, but did not want to answer questions about prior dealings the family may have had with authorities, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
“Anything you may have heard had nothing to do with Michelle so we are not commenting,” he told Fairfax Media.
An older man who allowed the girl to stay with him in his unit in Randwick was interviewed by police and released without charge.
Police do not believe that anything “suspicious” occurred while Michelle was in the care of the man, who is thought to be in his fifties.
When asked why Michelle did not return home immediately, her father said he wanted her to have “quality time” with the relatives, Fairfax Media reported.
“We’ve got all the time in the world to spend with her later,” Mr Levy said.
The 11-year-old is a year 5 student at Woollahra Public School was found in Surry Hills about 10.30am on Monday, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.
Earlier we reported that her father, Adam Levy, told Fairfax Media he believed she had been staying with the man after he was contacted by a woman from Anglicare.
“She hooked up with someone on Saturday night – I mean, not in the hook-up sense,” Mr Levy said, according to Fairfax Media.
“Someone came across her and took her under their wing since Saturday night,” he said. “We don’t know exactly what happened, all we know is that they went shopping.”
He told Fairfax he was confident that his daughter had not been harmed.
“I am quite comfortable with the fact he would have gone along with her wishes for a period,” he said.
“I hope, we presume, he would have been encouraging her to be in contact with us.”
He said he had not pressed his daughter for many details.
Previously, Mamamia wrote:
Police are still searching for Michelle Levy, an 11-year-old Sydney girl who has been missing since 6:30pm on Saturday evening.