Miracle at Rockley: Little girl found safe after night under the stars

A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl who went missing on a Rockley property on Saturday evening was found safe and well on Sunday morning, about 1.2 kilometres from her home.

The child was reported missing about 7.30pm on Saturday and at the time was last seen wearing a long-sleeved pink nightshirt.

She was found by an employee of the property on Sunday. It is believed the girl left the property’s house yard on Saturday evening to follow some dogs and got lost. 

Almost 50 SES volunteers searched well into the night and resumed at daybreak with the assistance the police, Rural Fire Service, employees of the property and family. 

The biggest concern searchers had for the girl was the waterways and dams on the 5000 acre property, as well as snake bites. 

Chifley Local Area Command detective inspector Luke Rankin said there were grave concerns for the girl’s welfare.

“Thankfully we had a really good outcome around 10.30 [Sunday] morning,” he said.

“The police helicopter was in the area and [an employee] was on a motorbike, following the helicopter. He saw some movement, went to investigate and found the child. 

“Other than some prickles in her feet and being slightly dehydrated, she was in really good condition.

“We don’t always get good outcomes with these things but it was a really special moment [when she was found].”   

Paramedics treated the girl for slight dehydration before she was taken to Bathurst Hospital for a full check-up.