A 17-month-old girl named Maria is thankfully back home after police have successfully located her safe and well after issuing an urgent appeal that was shared by 18 thousand times by Police Hour readers.

We’d like to thank everyone who shared the article and provided information to the police which enabled them to return Maria back home safe and well.

Maria was reported missing after the car she was a passenger in was stolen as her father had met a man to sell the car.

Met Police confirmed the good news saying “Delighted to report that missing child Maria Tudorica aged 17months has now been found safe and well in the Ruskin Avenue, E12 area,

“Thanks to media and all members of the public who have helped with this appeal.”

Police had issued the urgent child safety alert after the stolen black Audi A5 was located a short distance away, but Maria was not in the car.

Police in Newham had launched the urgent search and after 3 hours of searching the 17-month-old was located safe and well.

Police had urged anyone with any information whatsoever to call 999 immediately.

The girl’s father had met with an unknown man to talk about the sale of his car.

The man then jumped in the car and drove away with the seller’s daughter the passenger seat.

The car was found later but the girl was no longer inside the car It was found abandoned nearby Hatherway Crescent E15, but the girl was not inside.

Police say the car that was stolen which has been recovered was a Audi black A5 with the number plate FY58UAZ.

Met Police have released a statement saying “Police are urgently appealing for information to trace a 17-month-old girl who was in a car when it was stolen in Newham.

“At around 16:37hrs on Sunday, 6 January, the girl’s father met with an unknown man in Nine Acres Close, E12 with a view to selling his car.

“The man jumped into the car and drove away.

“The seller’s daughter was in the front passenger seat of the car when it was taken. She is Maria, a Romanian girl from the local area. She was wearing a white top and red bottoms.

“The car, a black Audi A5, registration number FY58UAZ was later found abandoned nearby in Hatherway Crescent, E12 without the child inside.

“The man who took the car is described as an Asian man of slim build, dressed in black clothing.

“Detectives from Newham police are leading the investigation.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of the girl or the car, or who has information that may assist police, should call 999 immediately.

You can also call Crimestoppers via 0800 555 111 or tweet police via @MetCC

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