Queensland children found safe, police search for wanted man Joshua Carter

A night of fear and worry is over for a North Queensland mother after her four children were brought home safe and sound this morning.

Police allege Joshua Carter abducted the children from their home in The Leap, 20 minutes north of Mackay, at around 11.30am yesterday.

Inspector Regan Draheim said the siblings were driven home at 9.20am today.

The four children were found this morning.(Provided: Queensland Police Service)

He said the children were in the process of reuniting with their mother, who was at the police station when the children were found.

“They were found safe and sound, but I don’t know what state of mind they are in,” Inspector Draheim said.

“The fact that they returned so early this morning would indicate that they probably did not travel too far.”

A policeman with short gray hair stands with his hands on his hips.
Detective Regan Draheim says the police would like to speak to Mr. Carter.(ABC Tropical North: Lillian Watkins)

Police responded to calls throughout the night after an orange alert was issued yesterday for the three girls and the boy, aged three to eight.

A white 4x4 registered 063BC9.
Police are asking people to keep an eye out for this Nissan Patrol with registration number 063-BC9.(Provided: Queensland Police Service)

He said the circumstances of the incident were still under investigation and Mr Carter was still at large.

Mr. Carter is believed to be using a white Nissan Patrol with license plates 063-BC9.

A bald, bearded white man in his twenties with tattoos on his face.
Joshua Carter, 28, of The Leap, is wanted by police.(Queensland Police: Provided)

The search continues

Mr Carter was described as Caucasian in appearance with a strong build, a shaved head and a bushy beard.

He also has a number of distinctive tattoos, most notably on his face and neck.

A man wearing a brightly colored cap, sporting tattoos on his face and neck.
Joshua Carter has face tattoos and a neck tattoo of Heath Ledger’s Joker from the Batman movies.(Provided: Queensland Police Service)

People were urged not to approach Mr Carter, but police said they did not believe there was a ‘continuing threat’ to the public.

Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or by phone on triple-0.

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