Shayla Phillips: Tasmanian four-year-old girl disappears from backyard in Stormlea

Four-year-old girl DISAPPEARS playing in the backyard – as cops track down the dog she was last seen with but find no trace of the child

  • A search is ongoing for a Tasmanian child last seen in a backyard on Wednesday
  • The  search has continued overnight and police are appealing for assistance 
  • On Thursday morning a dog the girl was last seen playing with has been found

A massive search is underway to find a four-year-old girl who vanished after playing in her backyard on Wednesday afternoon. 

Shayla Phillips was last seen in the backyard of a home in isolated Stormlea in southern Tasmania, at 2.30pm. 

Shayla was wearing pink leggings, a cream top and gumboots, and was playing with two dogs before she went missing. 

Shayla Phillips was wearing a cream top and gumboots when she was last seen on Wednesday

The search to find Shayla has continued overnight with Tasmania Police, SES, the Police Drone Unit, specialist dogs and a Westpac Rescue Helicopter all working to find the child.

The temperature dropped to 14 degrees in the area on Wednesday night.

Emergency services have found a dog believed to have been with Shayla when she was last seen.

Police have requested no further assistance in the search due to the isolation of the area. 

‘To ensure a coordinated and safe search, police advise that sufficient resources are currently deployed to the area and further assistance is not sought at this time.’