A distraught dad has made a desperate plea for his daughter to return home after five nights, saying she met a stranger on Instagram before she disappeared.
Gabbriela Pickford’s dad Steven dropped her at her mum’s house on St Andrew Street in Kuraby, a southern suburb of Brisbane, about 10pm on August 28, according to news.com.au.
It was there the 13-year-old reportedly used a sibling’s iPad to message a 17-year-old boy from the Logan area before disappearing some time between 10pm and 11.30pm.
Mr Pickford said his daughter had seemed fine before he drove her from his home in Eight Mile Plains to her mum’s house, where she stayed overnight once a fortnight.
“This is completely out of character. She’s never spent more than one night away on her own and this is night five. She’s got no phone, she’s got no money, she’s got no clothes,” Mr Pickford told the publication.
He said the Year 8 student left suddenly when the rest of the household was in bed, and didn’t show up for class at Runcorn State High School on Monday or Tuesday.
Mr Pickford addressed his daughter Tuesday evening, saying: “Come home. Just come home. Where are you? Come home.”
He added that Gabbriela didn’t know anyone from Logan and it was not an area she frequented.
She didn’t take her phone with her either, and none of her friends know the teenager she was believed to have met up with, according to news.com.au.
“She’s met a stranger off Instagram and other than that, we don’t know where she is or what she’s doing,” he told the publication.
Anyone with information on Gabbriela’s whereabouts has been urged to contact police on 131 444 and quote the reference number QP2001817912.
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