Chloe Campbell. Photo Facebook
Toddler Chloe Campbell was snatched from her home to
frighten her father in an act of retribution, family friends
The three-year-old had gone missing from the family's lounge
room, where she'd been sleeping with her siblings, before
turning up 42 hours later at the showground across the road
from her Childers home.
The little girl was returned to her mother Tammy O'Donnell at
1am (AEST) on Saturday after being found by police.
Her disappearance had sparked a massive police hunt and
searchers were beginning to fear for the worst after two days
of fruitless searching.
Queensland police are trying to find out if the little girl
was abducted or wandered off.
Family friends have told the Sunday Mail that they think a
threat against Chloe's father, Garth Campbell, about two
months ago is linked to her vanishing.
Melissa Small told the Queensland newspaper she suspected the
person or people behind the threat to Mr Campbell had
snatched Chloe, and that the threat to him had been
"They've done this to scare Garth," Ms Small told the Sunday
"Garth has been very scared and this is why he is a mess.
"They're just messed up people. If they are the people, they
are close family friends."
One family member told the newspaper the abductor must have
known the girls were sleeping in the lounge room.
"It's not nice to think it was someone they know. I've met
their friends and they all seem like really decent people -
battlers - I couldn't imagine it would be them," the family
"But then, too many things point to the fact they must have
known the girls were sleeping in the lounge on the holidays.
Someone would have to have known that."
Police have begun talking with Chloe and have collected any
possible DNA evidence from her clothes.
Ms O'Donnell told reporters she was "overjoyed" when she was
reunited with Chloe at the Bundaberg Base Hospital, where she
was examined and later released.
"She opened her eyes a little bit and (said) 'Mummy want to
go home now' and passed out," the mother of four said.
"I was just in tears. I didn't care if she woke up or not and
then I just laid on the bed with her and gave her cuddles for
a while and then we just came home to let everyone know."
Investigations are continuing.