Missing 12-year-old girl found just before midnight
UPDATE, Tuesday, 7.40am: A GIRL reported missing from the Far North Coast has been found safe and well.
The 12-year-old was last seen at Tweed Heads on Saturday, July 18.
Following inquiries, officers from Tweed-Bryon Police District located the girl safe and well at Tweed Heads at around 11.30pm on Monday.
Police would like to thank the media and community for their assistance.
UPDATE, Monday, 7.55am: TWEED Byron Police District Inspector Mick Dempsey said the missing girl has contacted family.
"She has been contact with family members," he said.
A NSW Police spokesperson said Aaliyah Winnett, 12, would still be classified as missing until she was sighted by NSW Police.
Original story: POLICE are appealing for public assistance to locate a girl missing on the North Coast.
Aaliyah Winnett, aged 12, was last seen leaving a home on Blue Waters Crescent, Tweed Heads West, on Tuesday, July 7.
Family members have been in contact via mobile phone since then, however, when she didn't return home, she was reported missing to officers from Tweed/Byron Police District last Thursday, July 16, who commenced inquiries into her whereabouts.
Police and family have concerns for her welfare.
Aaliyah is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, between 150 and 160cm tall, of thin build, with long brown hair and green eyes.
She was last seen wearing a white T-shirt, black jumper with a grey pattern, grey tracksuit pants with a red/blue stripe and black 'Vans' sneakers.
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.