Update | 11-year-old Jacinta Laverance found safe and well

UPDATE

Sylvania Heights girl Jacinta Laverance has been found safe and well.

Just before 1pm, the 11-year-old was located near A R Hurst Reserve in Sylvania.

Jacinta' parents Mark and Belinda thanked the community for their support and praised NSW Police.

“We’re glad to say that she’s been found,” Jacinta’s father told waiting media.

“We’d like to thank the outstanding efforts of the NSW Police, the wider community and our family and friends.

“We got it out on social media and everybody was walking the streets looking for her and we’re just really pleased that it has ended in a really good result with Jacinta coming home back to her loving family.” 

Jacinta's parents Mark and Belinda thank the police and the community.

EARLIER

Jacinta Laverance.

Jacinta Laverance.

A major search involving a NSW Police helicopter and sniffer dogs is under way to find a missing Sutherland Shire girl.

Jacinta Laverance, 11, was last seen around 7.30am this morning near Amaroo Street at Sylvania Heights.

She was wearing purple and aqua pyjamas and sneakers.

Police and Jacinta’s family are concerned for her welfare due to her age and her disappearance being out of character.

Sutherland Police Area Command Chief Inspector Chris Hill told 2GB's Ray Hadley that Jacinta's parents woke up about 6.20am on Monday to find she was not there.

"She’s an avid cross-country runner [and] they saw that her running shoes had been missing, so they went for a drive down to the local tracks and areas where she normally trains to see if they could find her - to no avail," he said.

Jacinta is described as being of Caucasian appearance, 172cm tall, of slim build and blonde hair.

Police from the Sutherland Police Area Command, Dog Unit and PolAir are involved in this morning’s search.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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