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Adeline visits Australian family after mother Tani Shanks goes missing in Mexico

Missing woman’s child in Mexico visits her Australian family for the first time after being rescued by her grandmother and uncle

  • On May 3, two-year-old Adeline was found walking alone in a church in Cancun
  • Her uncle and grandmother had flown in from Queensland to bring her back to QLD

Heartbreaking photos of a baby girl meeting her Australian family have emerged after she was found walking barefoot alone in a church in Mexico.

Two-year-old Adeline was found alone outside the chapel in Cancun on May 3 as authorities searched for her mother Tahni Shanks, 32, and father Jorge Aguirre Estudillo, who have been reported missing.

Little Adeline’s uncle Ben Shanks and grandmother Leanne had flown from Queensland to Mexico to bring her home.

On Thursday, the child met relatives, including cousins, for the first time in Mackay, Queensland, after landing safely in Australia.

Two-year-old Adeline is seen with her grandmother and uncle after making a safe land in Australia. Found walking barefoot in Mexico

The baby on Thursday met relatives, including cousins, for the first time in Mackay, Queensland, after landing safely in Australia.

The baby on Thursday met relatives, including cousins, for the first time in Mackay, Queensland, after landing safely in Australia.

Tani’s other brother, Dan Shanks, said it was a relief to learn that Adeline was safe.

‘It’s bitter but it’s something,’ he said Courier Mail.

‘Now I can focus 100 percent on Tahini.’

The Shanks family say they won’t stop looking for Tehni.

A photo of a van burned down on the side of a road in Mexico has now surfaced, purportedly used as evidence in the case.

Mexican police have also seized a video of a woman being forced into a van and are investigating whether it is linked to Ms Shanks’ disappearance.

Police are reportedly investigating whether Ms Shanks and her missing partner Mr Estudillo were targeted by criminals in a random attack.

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