Relief has rushed over the community after Natalya Franklin, 9, was found safe and well in bushland near her home today
Relief has rushed over the community after Natalya Franklin, 9, was found safe and well in bushland near her home today Trevor Veale

Natalya reunited with family

IT WAS a radio transmission over emergency channels that was inevitably greeted with cheers and tears.

Confirmation that young Natalya Franklin had been found alive by the search party at Raleigh after surviving a cold night dressed only in a t-shirt and shorts.

Taken back to the command post on the family's Northbank Rd property just after 11am yesterday, Natalya was reunited with her relieved parents and family.

"She is safe and well, just shaken up a little after a little fall," a police officer informed the search party.

By mid morning yesterday police started to turn away volunteers as word spread a nine-year-old girl was missing.

Specialist police, water police, a police helicopter and State Emergency Service crews and nearby residents joined family and friends in scouring nearby bushland searching for clues. Wandering nearby farm and bushland for just over 24-hours, Natalya was reported missing on Thursday around 10.30am.

"Police and Natalya's family were concerned for her welfare as her disappearance was out of character," Coffs Clarence Local Area Commander Superintendent Mark Holahan said.

"Natalya's parents alerted police when she left the house, 24kms south of Coffs Harbour, and failed to return."

After an emotional reunion, Natalya was assessed by paramedics.



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