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Children missing in Queensland 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 returned safely this morning.

Police allege Joshua Carter abducted the children from their home at The Leap, 20 minutes north of Mackay, at about 11:30am yesterday.

Inspector Regan Draheim said the siblings were returned to their home at 9.20am on Friday.

A four-panel composite image showing four children, whose faces have been blurred.
The four children were found this morning.(Supplied: Queensland Police Service)

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

“They’ve been located safe and well but I’m not sure what state of mind they are in,” Inspector Draheim said.

“The fact they they were returned so early this morning would indicate they probably haven’t traveled too far.”

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

Police fielded calls throughout the night after an amber alert was issued yesterday for the three girls and the boy aged between three and eight.

A white four-wheel drive with the registration 063BC9.
Police are asking people to keep an eye out for this Nissan Patrol with registration 063-BC9.(Supplied: Queensland Police Service)

He said the circumstances of the incident were still being investigated and that Mr Carter was still at large.

It is believed Mr Carter is using a white Nissan Patrol with registration plates 063-BC9.

A bald, bearded white man in his late 20s with tattoos on his face.
Joshua Carter, 28, of The Leap, is being sought by police.(Queensland Police: Supplied)

Search continues

Mr Carter has been described as Caucasian in appearance with a solid build, a shaved head and a bushy beard.

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

A man in a bright-coloured cap, sporting facial and neck tattoos.
Joshua Carter has facial tattoos and a neck tattoo of Heath Ledger’s Joker from the Batman films.(Supplied: Queensland Police Service)

People were urged not to approach Mr Carter, but the police said they did not believe there was an “ongoing threat” to the public.

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