Tributes for nine-year-old Queensland girl swept away in Logan stormwater drain

The family of a little girl found unresponsive in floodwaters a few hours after jumping her back fence are remembering her as an adventurous and much-loved nine-year-old.

Mia Holland-McCormack went missing about 6pm on Boxing Day, prompting an intense search by police and locals after she was feared to have been swept away in a stormwater drain in Rochedale South, Logan.

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Mia, who was described as severely autistic, jumped a fence at her home just before a storm hit the area.

Her body was found hours later, unresponsive, and she was declared dead.

A GoFundMe has been created to help Mia’s parents, Kayla Holland and Ryan McCormack, cover funeral costs and grief counselling.

“Mia loved adventures and getting up to mischief,” Ryan’s cousin Tamara Turner said.

Mia Holland-McCormack is being remembered as an adventurous and mischievous little girl. Credit: Supplied

“As this devastating news comes to the harsh light of reality, so too does the added costs Ryan and Kayla are about to take on, already being a time when everyone is stretched after Christmas.”

“Every little bit counts — I know it’s a tough time, but it all adds up,” Turner said.

Mia’s family has been flooded with messages of love and support from friends and community members.

Mia Holland-McCormack with her parents Kayla Holland and Ryan McCormack. Credit: Supplied

“Rest in peace, little one,” one donor commented.

“I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Mia has touched many hearts. We’re thinking of your whole family and sending love your way,” said another.

“I have donated my pocket money. RIP little girl, I will see you and the other angels flying high in the sky,” said a third.

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