Clermont teenager Kaitlyn Earl went missing from her home Wednesday night. Friends are family are gravely concerned for her well-being.
Clermont teenager Kaitlyn Earl went missing from her home Wednesday night. Friends are family are gravely concerned for her well-being. Contributed

Still few leads as search continues for Kaitlyn

State Emergency Services volunteers and police joined forces in the search for Kaitlyn Earl today. (Pictured at the SES headquarters in Clermont). The search concluded at about 4pm this afternoon. Photo Emma Boughen / Central Queensland News
State Emergency Services volunteers and police joined forces in the search for Kaitlyn Earl today. (Pictured at the SES headquarters in Clermont). The search concluded at about 4pm this afternoon. Photo Emma Boughen / Central Queensland News Emma Boughen

UPDATE:

 

Police, SES and volunteers have looked through numerous vacant houses in Clermont in their search for missing teenager Kaitlyn Earl-Rowe.

"We have searched a number of houses in the township, "Acting Detective Inspector Dave Tucker said.

"These houses have been vacant for some time due to the down turn in the mining industry.

"The reason we were searching was to see if she may have been staying in one of the houses.

"We've located nothing to suggest that anyone has been in these vacant houses.

"We've now extended the search to various parks and sporting grounds around the Clermont township.

"Tomorrow we will be searching bush area around the township as well," 

Kaitlyn was last seen talking to a friend on Thursday evening.

Acting Detective Inspector Tucker said officers are investigating several pieces of information that have come to police as a result of the extensive media coverage of Kaitlyn's disappearance.

"To date we are no closer to locating Kaitlyn. As we have said right from the start, we don't think her disappearance is suspicious but we certainly do hold fears for her welfare, given that she has been missing now for four days. It's very frustrating" he said.

A search by RACQ Capricornia Rescue Service helicopter, along rail lines between Clermont and Emerald, also found no clues to Kaitlyn's whereabouts.

"The helicopter can cover a lot more area obviously, so we are very grateful for that.

"We are appealing to anyone, and to Kaitlyn herself, to come forward. Ring either the police, a family member or even a friend, just to let us know she is safe and well," Acting Inspector Tucker said.

Searching will conclude shortly and resume tomorrow. If you have any information about Kaitlyn Earl-Rowe's whereabouts, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

EARLIER:  

POLICE, local SES crews and the RACQ Capricorn helicopter rescue service are conducting a land and air search in the Clermont area for missing teen Kaitlyn Earl-Rowe

Police hold serious concerns for her well-being as she has not made contact with family or friends since she went missing on Wednesday March, 23 at 11:30pm.

Kaitlyn Earl-Rowe was last seen visiting a residence in Clermont on the night she went missing.

She is 15 years of age, Caucasian in appearance, 162cm tall with long straight brown hair, slim build and green eyes.

She was last seen wearing a black dress, black tights and a black and green baseball cap with "YO" written on it.

If you have any information regarding her whereabouts, please call Crime Stoppers on  1800 333 000.

 

Noon: AN AERIAL search is being conducted for a teenager missing from a Central Queensland town.

RACQ Capricorn Helicopter Rescue tweeted the service was flying over railway lines between Clermont and Emerald, looking for a missing person.

15-year-old Kaitlyn Earl has been missing from Clermont since Wednesday night.

What we know:

  • Kaitlyn, 15, was last seen on Wednesday night at 11:30pm. 
  • As the family woke on Thursday morning, ready  to head off on a camping holiday, Kaitlyn's step mother discovered the teenager's empty bed.  
  • The night before her disappearance Kaitlyn had been playing handball with her younger brother and seemed happy.
  • She was previously from Yeppoon and was also known down there as Kaitlyn Rowe.
  • Her mother lives in Yeppoon
  • Police are not treating Kaitlyn's disappearance as suspicious.
  • She is described as caucasian, 162cm tall, of slim build with green eyes and long brown hair.
  • "She was upset about something at school... but would not talk to anyone," Mr Earl said.
  • A Go Fund Me page has been set up for the Earl family - https://www.gofundme.com/raw6yn8k

MONDAY 8.30AM: Jason Earl has posted another message this morning on Facebook, appealing for information about his missing teenage daughter.

"Well today is the 5th day of our beautiful 15 year old daughter Kaitlyn Earl being missing from Clermont," Mr Earl posted this morning.

"She has not been seen or heard from since approximately 11pm on Wednesday the 23rd of March and we are deeply concerned for her safety and desperately need to hear she is ok.

"The police are doing everything in their power to help us find her, and to all my extended family out there (you know who you all are) thankyou for the love and support you have shown us.

"We wouldn't be able to get through this the way we are without all your well wishes and positive thoughts. We are hopeful that today will be a better day and myself, Kim, Cheyanne, Connor and KT's mum Rhonda are so thankful to you all.

"We are a small community and this is the first time something like this has ever happened here and it's not just affecting us it is the whole town.

"Kaitlyn's freinds and their families, our local police force, all of our freinds here, just the whole town I know you are all feeling this just like we are but please be strong for all of us and each other. We love you all and pray we get some word soon that she is ok."

SUNDAY:

WHILE many people are stil out celebrating with family and friends, enjoying their Easter Sunday, Jason Earl is driving around the streets of Clermont, and its surrounding bush tracks, in search of his daughter Kaitlyn.

Kaitlyn, 15, was last seen on Wednesday night at 11:30pm. As the family woke on Thursday morning, ready  to head off on a camping holiday, Kaitlyn's step mother discovered the teenager's empty bed.  

"Unfortunately we've had nothing at all. No new leads or anything. In all honestly it's a little bit disheartening. We are still hopeful. We really do believe that Katie is still in town here somewhere. All we can do is pray that she comes out very soon," he said.

"Tomorrow is the last day of the four day weekend, so if she is hiding out in a house where she knows people have gone away, she'll probably resurface. We can only hope that's the case," he said.

 Detectives from Mackay and local Clermont police have spent the Easter break doorknocking and searching, in the hope of finding any information that will lead them to Kaitlyn.

'"Any leads that may be coming up they are acting on straight away. They have reassured us today they are doing everything they can. The police service, the detectives, the Chief Inspector in Mackay, everyone that we have dealt with in the past three days have been exceptional. I know that they are doing everything in their power, and probably some are doing more than they should be. Me and the whole family, all of our friends and Katie's friends we are very thankful for that," he said.

Mr Earl  and his family have been overwhelmed with the love and support from extended family, friends and the general public.

"The response from our extended family, nationwide has been phenomenal and we can't ask for any more support than what we've got. It's been great, as disheartening as this all is, it just proves what good friends we've got out there," he said.

"If everyone can keep sharing the fact that Katie isn't home yet and keep an eye out for her and do anything that they think can help to find her, please keep it up," he said.

While Kaitlyn's siblings are upset  at her disappearance and aware of the seriousness of the situation, it's the kindness surrounding the family that is helping them through.

"I had a young fella turn up at my place with a voucher for the pub, so we didn't have to cook. We can just ring up and order a 'countery' and pick it up. I just can't put it into words how I feel about things like that. All I can say to everyone that has offered us support is thankyou,"

"We know there are plenty of other missing people aound Australia as well as our girl. I broke down this morning when I woke up. I was gonna give my wife a cuddle and say happy Easter but how can you say that. Easter will never be the same. We can only hope" he said.

EARLIER: The father of missing teenager Kaitlyn Earl broke down in tears and held his wife as he made a plea for information regarding her disappearance.

Jason Earl, sat with his wife, Kaitlyn's stepmother Kim Earl, as they spoke of a "fantastic, beautiful  kid with a great heart. She's a great friend to so many kids. She's extremely intelligent and athletic. She's trying hard to be the best person she can be. She aspires to be a nurse or a paramedic and I know she's got it in her to do whatever she sets her mind to," he said.

The stepmother and father of missing Clermont girl Kaitlyn Earl, Kimand Jason Earl plea for anyone with information about Kaitlyn's disappearance to come forward.
The stepmother and father of missing Clermont girl Kaitlyn Earl, Kimand Jason Earl plea for anyone with information about Kaitlyn's disappearance to come forward. Lee Constable

"She is our world and we just wish we knew where she was. We just wish she would tell someone, just something, anything," he said.

"The worst thing is that everything was great at home. We only found out after the fact that Katie was upset at school. We don't know why, she hasn't talked to any of her friends. She never gave any inkling on what was behind her leaving on Wednesday night," he said. 

"With any luck she is just in Clermont and she's safe. We can only pray for that," Mr Earl said.

The night before her disappearance Kaitlyn had been playing handball with her younger brother and seemed happy. The family were due to head off on a camping trip on Thursday morning and when Mrs Earl checked on Kaitlyn, she discovered the teenager was missing.

"We need to know she's okay. Katie if you're out there... your mum in Yeppoon is wanting to know if you're okay. I don't care if you don't want to come, just let us know that you're okay, sweetie," Mr Earl said.

Acting Detective Inspector David Tucker said at this stage they are not treating Kaitlyn's disappearance as suspicious.

"We know that Kaitlyn did leave home of her own accord. She was previously from Yeppoon and was also known down there as Kaitlyn Rowe. Given that we she has been missing for three days and we don't know where she is, we do have concern for her safety and welfare," he said.

"If there is anyone that knows Kaitlyn's whereabouts and think they may be doing the right thing by assisting her, giving her food or shelter, it's really of no assistance to police and more importantly her family," Acting inspector Tucker said.

"Her family are devastated and as the days go on their is a growing concern for her welfare. If anyone can assist us in locating Kaitlyn, they need to contact police. Our main goal is to make contact with her. She doesn't have to return to the family home, but it's imperative that we know she is safe and well" he said.

If you have any information about the whereabouts of Kaitlyn Earl, please contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER:

THE father of a missing Clermont teenager has appealed for public help to find his daughter.

Missing Clermont teen Kaitlyn Earl was last seen at 2am on March 23
Missing Clermont teen Kaitlyn Earl was last seen at 2am on March 23

Kaitlyn Earl, 15, has been missing from her family home since 11.30pm on March 23.

Police said yesterday she had last been seen wearing a black dress and black tights. She is described as caucasian, 162cm tall, of slim build with green eyes and long brown hair.

Her father, Jason, said it was very out of character for Kaitlyn.

"She was upset about something at school... but would not talk to anyone," Mr Earl said.

"She has no mobile, no money and very limited clothes on her."

Mr Earl said he and his wife had spoken to all of her friends and all family members and no one has heard from Kaitlyn.

Anyone with information should phone Jason Earl on 0438 090 576, Queensland Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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