Urgent hunt for girl, eight, taken to McDonald's by family friend

Police launch urgent search for eight-year-old girl from Bristol who went missing after trip to McDonald’s with a family friend and unknown man in suspected abduction

  • Annmarie Lawton, 29, visited Tiolah, eight, known as Tillie, yesterday afternoon 
  • The family friend and an unknown man took Tillie to McDonald’s in Bristol at 3pm
  • However, they didn’t return and police are treating the situation as an abduction 

An urgent hunt has been launched to find an eight-year-old girl who went missing after a trip to McDonald’s with a family friend and an unknown man yesterday afternoon in a suspected abduction.

Tiolah, known as Tillie, was taken out by her neighbour Annmarie Lawton and a man called Adam, who is unknown to her family, in Bristol at around 3pm yesterday. 

Annmarie, 29, visited Tiolah’s house with Adam and took her to McDonald’s in Sheen Road, Bedminster.

They were expected to return home within an hour but failed to do so, with the child’s parents reporting her missing to police at 7pm.

Avon and Somerset Police are treating Tillie’s disappearance as an abduction and have shared photos of the eight-year-old with Annmarie and Adam while clutching food from McDonald’s yesterday. 

Eight-year-old Tiolah, known as Tillie, was taken to McDonald’s yesterday afternoon with a family friend and unknown man. She has not been seen since

Annmarie Lawton, 29, visited Tiolah’s house with Adam and took her to McDonald’s in Sheen Road, Bedminster, Bristol. Pictured are the three of them seemingly after visiting McDonald’s

The force said in a statement: ‘The girl is believed to be with a neighbour and family friend, Annmarie Lawton, and an unknown man, pictured today in East Street, Bedminster.

‘Annmarie, 29, visited Tiolah’s home on Wednesday 16 December with a man known only as Adam. She and Adam took Tiolah out soon after 3pm to visit McDonald’s in Sheen Road, Bedminster. They were expected to return within an hour.

‘They have not brought Tiolah home or returned to Annmarie’s own home since. Tiolah’s mother reported her missing at about 7pm.

‘While there may be a reasonable explanation police are treating this investigation as an abduction.

‘Tiolah is described as white, with blonde hair. She was wearing black and white polka dot leggings and a black jacket and had a light-coloured rucksack.

‘Annmarie is white, with long red hair, about 5ft 6ins tall. She was wearing a black bomber jacket with a fur collar, black leggings and black trainers.


Annemarie (left) is a family friend and neighbour but the man, apparently named Adam (right), is unknown to Tillie’s family

Adam and Tillie spotted after leaving McDonald’s yesterday. He is described as being in his 20s

‘The man is described as in his 20s, about 5ft 6ins tall and stocky with a round face, olive skin and bald head. He was wearing jeans, a dark grey zip-up hoody and a beanie hat and in the pictures has a light brown padded jacket on.

‘Annmarie has links across the greater Bristol area and they may be using public transport.

‘If you know where Tiolah is now, call 999 straight away, quoting reference 5220282127.

‘If you have any other information about her whereabouts, or the identity of ‘Adam’ ring 101 and give the same reference.’

DCI Ed Yaxley said: ‘We have no evidence that Tiolah has come to any harm but she has now been absent from home without her mother’s permission for more than 12 hours.

‘Annmarie, if you see this, please contact us straight away. We just want to return Tiolah safely back to her family.’ 

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