International Appeal To Find 12 Year Old Exeter Girl

3 March 2016, 17:07 | Updated: 3 March 2016, 17:19

Arisara "Zara" Miles missing from home in Exeter

Police have launched an international appeal to locate a missing girl who was taken to Thailand from her Exeter home by her father without permission.

Arisara "Zara'' Miles, 12, and her father Trevor Miles left their home in Exeter on November 10 last year and flew to Bangkok. Her whereabouts since then are not known and Devon and Cornwall Police, along with local authorities, are trying to trace her. Mr Miles failed to attend a meeting arranged by Devon County Council to address concerns about his daughter's welfare, having already taken her to Bangkok.

A judge has ordered Zara's return to the UK following efforts by the courts, police and local authorities to find her. Officers are working with international police agencies to try to locate Zara and ensure her safe return to the UK. A spokesman for Devon and Cornwall Police said:

"A judge has today ordered the release of these details, and we are asking for information that could help us locate Arisara 'Zara' Miles. We believe her father Trevor Miles has business interests in Bangkok, and it is possible that they both remain in Thailand. We are concerned for the welfare of Zara and it is important that both she and her father return to the UK. We are appealing to the public for any information which may lead to locating Zara - her safety and wellbeing is the highest priority at this time.''

Anyone with any information about Zara's whereabouts should contact Devon and Cornwall Police on quoting crime reference CR/011150/16 or report to their local police force.