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Clancy "safe": Missing teen makes contact with family

UPDATE 7.30am, Monday June 15: MISSING Alstonville teenager, Clancy Ellis, has made contact with her family and told them she is safe. 

Clancy's sister, Meg Ellis, posted this in the Help Find Clancy Ellis Facebook Page this morning:

After watching the news last night, Clancy has made contact. SHE IS SAFE.

Although her location has not yet been determined, the message she gave us was very powerful to reassure us that she is safe.

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.

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. 

 

UPDATE, 11 pm Sunday June 14: NEWS of missing Alstonville teenager Clancy Ellis has made national headlines.

The 15-year-old's sister Meg flew from Melbourne to the Northern Rivers today to help her mother Michelle reunite the family.

Clancy,15, was last seen about 10.40 am on Wednesday, walking along Maple Dr, after leaving Alstonville High School dressed in her school uniform, wearing her black Doc Martens and carrying her distinctive maroon Fjallraven Kanken backpack.

If you think you may have seen Clancy, please call Crime Stoppers urgently on 1800 333 000.

 

WHERE IS SHE? Clancy Ellis, 15, was last seen at Alstonville on Wednesday morning. She is of caucasian appearance, 165-170cm tall, with a thin build, blue eyes, long dyed red hair and a piercing in her right nostril.
WHERE IS SHE? Clancy Ellis, 15, was last seen at Alstonville on Wednesday morning. She is of caucasian appearance, 165-170cm tall, with a thin build, blue eyes, long dyed red hair and a piercing in her right nostril. Facebook

UPDATE, 9 pm Saturday June 13: HEARING Clanyc's voice would ease the tension for Michelle Ellis, after another day without any solid leads turning up on her missing daughter.

Clancy,15, was last seen about 10.40 am on Wednesday, walking along Maple Dr, after leaving Alstonville High School dressed in her school uniform, wearing her black Doc Martens and carrying her distinctive maroon Fjallraven Kanken backpack.

Ms Ellis said after viewing CCTV footage they hoped was Clancy, detectives determined the girl captured at Robina Town Centre yesterday on video wasn't her daughter.

She said its possible Clancy was being assisted by someone she met online to run away after being bullied.

Clancy's aunt Kylie has taken to Facebook to appeal to her niece to come home or make contact.

"The hardest part is not knowing, given Clancy's history of her online life with people she has only communicated with over the internet, her trusting nature, as to not being aware of some peoples hidden intentions, we are so scared she may have met with an online "friend" thinking this person was someone that they are not," she posted.

"I am Clancy's aunty. I have been with her mum Michelle through this," she posted.

"I am watching my sisters' heart break, I am seeing the pain in her eyes. Please if someone can stop this, please help us."

If you think you have seen Clancy call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

UPDATE, 11.05 pm: CLANCY'S mother Michelle Ellis has discovered a number of items the Alstonville teenager may have with her after disappearing on Wednesday.

Her sister Meg posted on the HELP FIND CLANCY ELLIS Facebook page revealing the details late tonight.

"Hi everyone, this could be one of the most important posts on here to date - it is regarding what Clancy has taken with her at the time of her disappearance," she posted.

"This has taken a while to put together because Mum and I have been racking our brains and looking through her belongings to work out what is missing and also based on our knowledge of what Clancy likes to wear and is likely to take with her.

"Please, please read this carefully.

"If you think you see someone matching the description of the objects and clothing I have listed below, please let us or the police know.

Identifying items Clancy may have with her:

  • The 1st installment of Douglas Adam's Hitchikers guide to the galaxy - brand new copy
  • A Samsung galaxy 4s mobile phone plus charger without a case on the phone
  • A Toshiba black laptop with an apple mac sticker on it and charger
  • A pair of black doc martens as seen in flyer hand out - we had originally thought that she had the red laces in them that are very distinctive, but mum has been looking in the house and found black laces gone from another pair of boots, and it is very likely that she decided to change the laces on the morning of her disappearance. So please look out for black doc martens with BLACK laces, not red.
  • Black, skinny leg/ straight leg 'Nudie' brand jeans
  • A red and black sheer tartan patterned shirt that she wears it tucked in
  • A black t-shirt with floral pattern pocket 
  • One long sleeved, light weight cotton blouse - cream colour with floral design.
  • A grey jumper with Aztec design, light grey sloppy joe type jumper - it is from 'factorie'
  • One dark red fjallraven kanken backpack
  • One Emily the Strange 'tote' bag

Please if you see anyone matching her description or these items, let us know.

You might just see her pull out a copy of her book on the bus and realise it is her even though she didn't match the pictures you have seen.

 

UPDATE, 10.00pm: THE mother of missing Alstonville teenager Clancy Ellis has received the strongest lead yet about the location of her daughter after she was allegedly sighted on the Gold Coast this afternoon.

Michelle Ellis said a woman contacted her daughter Meg on Facebook late this afternoon describing a girl that fits the 15-year-old's appearance, who she saw at Robina Town Centre at 4pm today.

"Hi Meg! I wasn't aware of your missing sister until today," the woman posted.

"I did see a young girl at Robina Town Centre today with the same length red hair.

"She was wearing high-waisted black jeans with a crop top and Doc Martens, all black and she was with a blonde girl.

"She was walking quite fast near Big W.

"This might be worth contacting the centre management and checking the cameras to see if it was her."

After a frustrating day, as soon as Meg told her the news, Mrs Ellis was on the phone to Ballina police.

"I cant thank the police enough," she said.

"They have been so wonderful through all of this."

Mrs Ellis said Ballina detectives phoned Robina Town Centre tonight to try to obtain CCTV footage of the girl who is possibly her daughter.

Anyone with any information about Clancy is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

UPDATE: POLICE have stepped up efforts to locate missing Alstonville teenager Clancy Ellis while her sister has made a flyer for locals to distribute.

Meg Ellis said police had received reports of a number of sightings of Clancy yesterday around the Northern Rivers.

"There are a few places we think she might have gone - major cities such as Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney," Meg posted on Facebook.

"But recent sightings also suggest that she could still be in the local area of Northern NSW.

"This includes Alstonville, Ballina, Byron, Lennox, Casino, Lismore, Wollongbar, Goonellabah, Woodburn and Evans Head."

Take a look at the flyer here. You can print it out and distribute it if you would like to.

The feedback and reports of sightings through social media had provided the family with more information, Meg said, but there were still no confirmed sightings of Clancy or contact.

"Flyers are one of the most effective ways to help in the case of missing persons," she posted.

"I've made one for Clancy.

"If you have the time, please print this out and paste it up in public areas."

There is also a Facebook group set up called Help Find Clancy Ellis.

 

UPDATE: THE family of missing Alstonville teenager Clancy Ellis believe she may be still in the Northern Rivers region being assisted by someone she met online.

The 15-year-old was last seen about 10.40am on Wednesday walking along Maple Dr after leaving Alstonville High School, her sister Meg said.

Meg said there had been a number of reported sightings of Clancy yesterday around the Northern Rivers, but she still hadn't made contact with her family.

She said Clancy could be staying with someone who has a licence and a car.

RELATED: Serious concerns for missing Alstonville teenager

"There is the possibility that she may be somewhere local with someone that could have picked her up on the day she went missing," she said.

"I don't think she is alone because she hasn't got that much money and she didn't take many clothes... the idea that she is with someone that she thinks she can trust is more hopeful as well, for us."

Meg said the support from random people on social media to help find Clancy was wonderful.

"I have been contacted by people who aren't even friends of Clancy's or mine," she said.

With still no confirmed sightings, Meg said the family believe there were only three options for Clancy.

"One that she's gone north, two that she's gone south, or three that she's stayed local, all of which would probably need someone's help," she said.

Anyone who thinks they have spotted Clancy is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

WHERE IS SHE? Clancy Ellis, 15, was last seen at Alstonville on Wednesday morning. She is of caucasian appearance, 165-170cm tall, with a thin build, blue eyes, long dyed red hair and a piercing in her right nostril.
WHERE IS SHE? Clancy Ellis, 15, was last seen at Alstonville on Wednesday morning. She is of caucasian appearance, 165-170cm tall, with a thin build, blue eyes, long dyed red hair and a piercing in her right nostril. Facebook

 

UPDATE: THE sister of missing Alstonville teenager, Clancy Ellis, has appealed to her sister to come home.

"We miss you so much," Meg Ellis said. 

"We just want to know that you're safe.

"Please come back. Please just let us know that you're safe. I love you." 

 

INITIAL REPORT: THE family of missing Alstonville teenager Clancy Ellis holds grave concerns for her safety after she disappeared from her home town without a trace on Wednesday.

The 15-year-old was last seen about 10.40am walking along Maple Dr after leaving Alstonville High School, her sister Meg said.

Equipped with her mobile phone, laptop, chargers and possibly several hundred dollars, Meg said the family thought she might have been going to meet some of her hundreds of social media friends who live around Australia.

"The school called my mum at 11.30 to say that she had left and mum started calling Clancy straight away but there was no answer," Meg said.

"She has her mobile phone but it's been switched off and we think she has a different sim card.

"I've been sending her emails and messages on Instagram and she hasn't replied to any of them.

"She has also deleted her Facebook account so she can't be traced."

Desperate to find information about her sister, Meg said when she was trawling Clancy's social media accounts she found she had been bullied online.

"That's why I have been trying to get in touch with some of her online friends to see if we can find out some more information," she said.

"It could be why she has run away or there could be stuff she is hiding from us, we just don't know.

"She was using Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and ask.fm, which is a particularly nasty one where people can send you anonymous messages.

"On her profile people have been saying really, really disgusting, horrible things, spreading rumours and making up lies.

"It's teenage behaviour that has gone too far."

HAVE YOU SEEN HER? Missing 15-year-old Clancy Ellis was last seen in her home town of Alstonville on Wednesday morning, carrying a distinctive maroon Fjallraven Kanken backpack similar to the one shown above.
HAVE YOU SEEN HER? Missing 15-year-old Clancy Ellis was last seen in her home town of Alstonville on Wednesday morning, carrying a distinctive maroon Fjallraven Kanken backpack similar to the one shown above. Contributed

Meg said her sister also had the means and ability to change her appearance by dying or cutting her distinctive red hair.

Clancy is of caucasian appearance, 165-170cm tall, with a thin build, blue eyes, long dyed red hair and a piercing in her right nostril.

When she disappeared she was wearing her Alstonville school's maroon zip-up hooded jumper, grey chequered shirt and black Dr Martens boots with red ribbons as laces.

Family members said she could be travelling to Brisbane, Sydney or even Melbourne, carrying her distinctive maroon Fjallraven Kanken backpack, and urged the public to report any potential sightings.

Anyone with any information about Clancy's whereabouts can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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