Clancy Ellis, the 15-year-old Alstonville girl who went missing five days ago, has contacted her family to let them know that she is safe and well.
Clancy made contact with her family after seeing an appeal on the TV news last night.
The family had created a Facebook group called Help Find Clancy Ellis where the news was shared by her sister Meg this morning.
‘UPDATE after watching the news last night, Clancy has made contact. SHE IS SAFE,’ the post reads.
‘Although her location has not yet been determined, the message she gave us was very powerful to reassure us that she is safe.’
The post went on to thank supporters and ask them to not take the next step of posting flyers.
‘Due to the complexities of this, and the ongoing police investigation that will now occur, we do not think that posting flyers will now assist any further.
‘We cannot explain the sheer relief that this contact has brought to our family. And yet, there are so many questions unanswered. This is a complex and sensitive situation. We cannot stress enough how appreciative we are of what has occurred on this page, in our community and around Australia and even the world in terms of helping our search.
It continued that it was owing to the strength of the Facebook group that the TV appeal got up.
‘Without the help of everyone here, we wouldn’t have gotten enough media attention, we wouldn’t have been on television, and she wouldn’t have made that contact last night.
‘Please sit tight today while we work with police, professional advisors and psychologists to work out how to proceed from here. The important thing to remember here that she is safe and has made that initial contact. The next steps will be difficult and from the bottom of my heart I appreciate all your support. More updates to follow. Thank you. Xxx,’ the post concluded.