Police believe a 17-year-old man, who escaped police custody in Central Queensland earlier this week, may be in hiding on the Gold Coast.
The teen was being transported between court and the Emerald watch-house on Tuesday evening when he managed to break away from offices.
He stole a car from a nearby backyard and took off.
The vehicle was later found abandoned in Springsure.
Detectives said the escapee could still be in that area, but may also be on the Gold Coast where he has connections.
Anyone who has seen the man or has further information is urged to contact police.