A desperate hunt had been launched to find an eight-year-old girl who went missing after a trip to McDonalds with a family friend and an unknown man yesterday afternoon.
Tiolah, known as Tillie, was taken out by her neighbour Annmarie Lawton and a man called Adam, who is unknown to her family, in Bristol at around 3pm yesterday.
Annmarie, 29, visited Tiolah’s house with Adam and took her to McDonald’s in Sheen Road, Bedminster.
They were expected to return home with the eight-year-old within an hour but failed to do so.
Police are treating Tillie’s disappearance as an abduction.
Avon and Somerset Police said in a statement: ‘The girl is believed to be with a neighbour and family friend, Annmarie Lawton, and an unknown man, pictured today in East Street, Bedminster.
‘Annmarie, 29, visited Tiolah’s home on Wednesday 16 December with a man known only as Adam. She and Adam took Tiolah out soon after 3pm to visit McDonald’s in Sheen Road, Bedminster. They were expected to return within an hour.
‘They have not brought Tiolah home or returned to Annmarie’s own home since. Tiolah’s mother reported her missing at about 7pm.
‘While there may be a reasonable explanation police are treating this investigation as an abduction.
‘Tiolah is described as white, with blonde hair. She was wearing black and white polka dot leggings and a black jacket and had a light-coloured rucksack.
‘Annmarie is white, with long red hair, about 5ft 6ins tall. She was wearing a black bomber jacket with a fur collar, black leggings and black trainers.
‘The man is described as in his 20s, about 5ft 6ins tall and stocky with a round face, olive skin and bald head. He was wearing jeans, a dark grey zip-up hoody and a beanie hat and in the pictures has a light brown padded jacket on.
‘Annmarie has links across the greater Bristol area and they may be using public transport.
‘If you know where Tiolah is now, call 999 straight away, quoting reference 5220282127.
‘If you have any other information about her whereabouts, or the identity of ‘Adam’ ring 101 and give the same reference.’
DCI Ed Yaxley said: ‘We have no evidence that Tiolah has come to any harm but she has now been absent from home without her mother’s permission for more than 12 hours.
‘Annmarie, if you see this, please contact us straight away. We just want to return Tiolah safely back to her family.’