The father of a 13-year-old girl who said she has been missing for five nights after she “met a stranger off Instagram” has pleaded for her to come home.
Steven Pickford dropped his daughter, Gabbriela Pickford off at her mother’s property in Kuraby, Brisbane on August 28 to stay the night.
“Her mood was fine, she didn’t seem like anything was up,” Mr Pickford told news.com.au on Tuesday night.
“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.
“She just suddenly left when everyone was in bed.”
The teenager’s mother called Mr Pickford at 11.30pm to report their daughter missing.
“Come home. Just come home,” he said through tears on Tuesday night.
“Where are you? Come home.”
Gabbriela’s parents say she downloaded Instagram on a sibling’s iPad while at her mother’s house.
Mr Pickford said his daughter’s mother had seen messages with a 17-year-old boy from the Logan area.
“I’ve got her phone, she didn’t take her phone to her mother’s house,” he said.
Mr Pickford said she doesn’t typically go to the area and it was “completely out of her circle of friends”.
“They don’t know this guy, they can’t find where she is,” he said.
Gabbriela is a Year Eight student at Runcorn State High School and did not show up on Monday or Tuesday.
She stays one night every fortnight at the home on St Andrew St in Kuraby but otherwise lives with Mr Pickford in Eight Mile Plains.
“She left at approximately 10pm (Friday),” her father said.
“She’s met a stranger off Instagram and other than that, we don’t know where she is or what she’s doing.”
Police require assistance to locate the 13-year-old.
If you have any information, you can call Policelink 24 hours a day on 131 444 and quote the reference number QP2001817912.
Alternatively, you can report information about Gabbriela to police via this link.