Parents of a 15-year-old Melksham Oak schoolgirl, who went missing on Sunday, have thanked police and the public for their help in finding her safe and well.

Victoria Wilfort, known as Tori, went missing after spending Saturday night at a friend’s house in Swindon.

The Seend Cleeve teenager was due to be collected on Sunday afternoon, by her father, but had left the address during the morning, saying she was going home and leaving her mobile phone behind.

Police put out an appeal for her whereabouts and she was found by officers at an address in Swindon on Monday at about 8pm. She was returned to the home she shares with her parents and older brother and sister.

Mother Juli Wilfort said: “I’d very much like to thank everyone who helped. The police did a brilliant job.

“We’re very pleased and very relieved to be reunited with Tori. She’s back at home with us.

“All the friends and family were very supportive as well, and sending messages. It was absolutely fantastic how everyone pulled together.”

Father Steve Wilfort, 46, added: “The amount of response from the social networks and the police and how fast everything went from the moment the police said they were going to raise the profile of this shows just how effective it is.”

He said having Tori go missing was a difficult time for the family and added: “You can’t describe something like that. It’s an emotional rollercoaster, for sure.”

Insp Colin Conway, who led the police search for the teenager, said: “We are pleased to say that Victoria is safe and well. Her parents were very relieved when we told them that we had found Victoria. We would like to thank the media for their assistance in publicising the details of her description.”