Police have launched an urgent search for a little girl and her father. Her father has commented on social media to deny allegations of any wrongdoing. Cops fear for her safety.
Police in New South Wales have issued an Amber alert 22-month-old Aria Jane Killiby who has been missing since Monday morning.
Police believe the girl is travelling with her father who us Leroy Killiby aged 24 in a red Jeep Cherokee with Queensland registration plates 131 XDG.
Police were called to an address on North Street, Grafton, at 8.15am on Monday to execute a Child Recovery Order issued due to extreme concerns for Aria’s welfare.
Officers searched the address but the pair were both gone.
On Monday night, Mr Killiby took to the NSW Police Facebook page to respond to the reports.
‘False allegations have been made against myself and orders have been made without out me knowing or having the opportunity to defend Aria or myself, ‘he posted.
‘There was a recovery order put in place without me knowing or even told there was a mention. I was at the courthouse that day with Aria, I was lodging affidavits for the next day.
‘Don’t know how they can do this to people and now there’s all this media attention. I have court in Lismore tomorrow if anyone wants to come with a good lawyer for my daughter and myself.’
Detective Inspector Darren Jameson told reporters at a press conference in Coffs Harbour that police were aware of Mr Killiby’s Facebook post and appealed for the father to turn himself in.
Aria is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a fair complexion, blonde hair and brown eyes.
Leroy is described as being of Caucasian appearance with a fair complexion, of medium build, about 170cm-175cm tall, with brown hair and a brown beard.
He has recently shaved one side of his head and tattooed the words ‘Aria Jane’ with a wasp motif.
They are believed to be travelling in a red Jeep Cherokee, with Queensland registration plates 131-XDG.
Police have reason to believe they could have possibly travelled to Queensland.
Officers are asking the public to be on alert and report any sightings of the man or car. He is known to frequent Tweed Heads and south-east Queensland.
The police force issued an amber alert on Wednesday asking anyone with ‘information about this abduction’ to ring triple zero.
Police urge anybody with information to contact 000 immediately.