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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.