(photo credit: NEW SOUTH WALES POLICE)
Michelle Levy, whose disappearance following a family argument on Saturday brought out hundreds of members of the Sydney Jewish community in a massive search, has been found safe and sound.
The 11-year-old was found in the apartment of an elderly man in the Randwick suburb, according to local news reports. The man is not being charged with a crime.
"I believe that the person came across her on Saturday night at Bondi Junction and has essentially taken her into his care," the Mail Online quoted Michelle's father Adam Levy.
"Baruch Hashem [thank God] she was found," Dr. Danny Lamm, President of the Zionist Federation of Australia, wrote in an email to The Jerusalem Post
praising the "incredible turnout of the community in the search for Michelle."
Levy had been missing since around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, when she stormed out of her family’s house following an argument.
When Michelle failed to return home her parents contacted the police, who searched the suburbs in conjunction with hundreds of volunteers from the Jewish community.
“Michelle, please come in. We love you. Ring doorbell no matter what time,” her parents had written on a sign placed on the door to their home.