Maddie Thomas: 3 men arrested after missing teen found

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Maddie Thomas, 15, has been missing since April 26 after telling a relative she was going shopping

A Bristol teenage girl who has been missing for over two weeks has been found, police said.

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Maddison Thomas, known as Maddie, had not been seen for 15 days since leaving her foster parents’ home in the borough of Southmead.

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Avon and Somerset Police said on Wednesday (May 11) that they were no longer investigating her disappearance as a missing person case, but rather as a child abduction.

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Maddison Thomas, known as Maddie, has been missing since April 26 (Photo: Avon and Somerset Police / SWNS)

Police said at 12.45pm on Thursday (12 May) that Maddie had been found at an address in Bristol.

Three men at the property were arrested on suspicion of child abduction.

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What did the police say?

Detective Inspector Laura Miller said: “We are pleased to confirm that Maddie has been found.

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“Three men are in police custody and will soon be questioned by officers.

“We are extremely grateful for all the support that the public has given us in our search for Maddie and want to assure them that she is now being provided with all the care and support she needs.

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“We recognize that there is significant interest in this case and I would ask people not to speculate and ponder the impact this may have on Maddie and her loved ones.”

The investigation is ongoing, the police said.

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When did Maddie Thomas disappear?

Police have made multiple appeals to find the 15-year-old after she disappeared from her foster family on the afternoon of April 26 after saying she was going shopping.

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Avon and Somerset Police are treating the case as a child abduction (Picture: PA)

Investigators also released CCTV footage of her latest sighting, a clip filmed at 2.34pm on April 26 at Stanton Road, Southmead, capturing only her feet.

Maddie has met people online in the past who she believed could give her money or a place to stay, investigators said.

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Because she had not contacted friends, they feared that she might be held against her will.

Both Madison’s foster parents and her family have been informed, the force added.

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