Four children taken from Queensland home located

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The four young children who were taken from a property north of Mackay were returned "safe and well" on Friday morning at around 9:20am, police say

The siblings — aged 8, 7, 4 and 3 — were located at their home address - the same property they disappeared from on Thursday at around 11:30am.

A search for the 28-year-old male who took them continues, police said on Friday. He was last seen leaving the property at The Leap on Thursday.

28-year-old Joshua Carter with shaven head, bushy beard, facial tattoos including batman ‘joker’ themed facial tattoos
The man has a shaven head, full bushy beard and multiple face and body tattoos, including batman ‘joker’ themed facial tattoos. Source: QLD Police

Speaking to media on Friday morning, Inspector Regan Draheim said authorities received "quite a bit of information" following the children's abduction, however, it wasn't public information that led to the children being found.

Investigations are ongoing with Queensland Police hoping to learn more about the children's whereabouts overnight, but it's believed they hadn't travelled far, Inspector Draheim said.

Police are unable to confirm whether or not the man is related to the children, but he is known to them and police.

Inspector Draheim was unable to confirm who returned the children to their home.

Search continues for 28-year-old male

The 28-year-old man, named Joshua Carter, is caucasian in appearance, has a solid build, and is approximately 175cm tall.

He's described has having a shaven head and full bushy beard with multiple face and body tattoos, including batman ‘joker’ themed facial tattoo, which are shown in pictures released by the police.

Police are looking to speak with him about the matter which is still being investigated.

White 2005 Nissan Patrol 4WD
The man was last seen driving a white 2005 Nissan Patrol 4WD bearing Queensland Registration 063BC9. Source: QLD Police

He was seen driving away from the Maraju Yakapari Road address in a white 2005 Nissan Patrol 4WD bearing Queensland Registration 063BC9.

The vehicle was last seen heading toward the Bruce Highway, Mackay.

Police believe he's still travelling in this vehicle.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is urged not to approach him but to contact police.

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