Mum Jenny Greentree and twin sister Stephanie wait for news on 14-year-old Selina who went missing from their family home in Granville.
Mum Jenny Greentree and twin sister Stephanie wait for news on 14-year-old Selina who went missing from their family home in Granville. Alistair Brightman

Family's '24 hours of hell'

A GRANVILLE family went through 24 hours of hell after their 14-year-old daughter went missing on Saturday.

Maryborough Special School student Selina Westren, who is visually impaired, disappeared from her family home at 4pm on Saturday after a disagreement about groceries.

Police launched an air-and-land search using a helicopter and SES volunteers to scour the bushland in the Granville area and Maryborough CBD.

The girl's family, including her twin Stephanie and mother Jenny Greentree, were scared for her safety as night fell - and as stormy weather approached on Sunday, police also became gravely concerned.

But almost 24 hours after she went missing, Selina was found safe and well at a house in the CBD.

"As a father of three myself, I understand the angst the family was going through," Maryborough Police Inspector Powell said.

Selina's friends were contacted and extensive searches took place where possible sightings had been reported.

But with no trace of the girl by 2pm Sunday, police ran out of leads and called for the Fraser Coast community to help in the search.

The news of Selina's disappearance spread rapidly, with hundreds of people all over Queensland posting a photo and description of the missing girl on Facebook.

Granville residents reported a search-and-rescue helicopter buzzing overhead, while Maryborough residents offered their services to look for her.

But shortly after 3.30pm, the teen was spotted with friends in Maryborough. After a medical check-up, Selina was reunited with her family.

A statement from the family thanked everyone who went searching for her and said they were overwhelmed by the community support.

The police thanked the 25 SES volunteers, the media and the public for their co-operation.


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