The toddler went missing from east London A 17-month-old girl who went missing when her father’s car was stolen from east London, has been found safe and well, Scotland Yard has confirmed.Maria Tudorica was missing for more than three hours, but was found a short distance away following a huge search.She was reported missing just after 4.30pm on Sunday when her father met a man who was posing as a potential buyer for his black Audi car.But while they were discussing the sale the man jumped into the vehicle and drove off with the girl still inside.The car was found abandoned nearby but the girl was no longer in the car.A major hunt across the area was immediately launched and police appealed for the public’s help. “I’ve spoken to the child’s uncle, he was explaining the situation to me and he wasn’t aware that they had found the car abandoned,” Ms Saleh told the Press Association.”I think the child’s grandmother was there and she went into a frenzy. She was like, ‘I can’t believe they have found the car but not the child’. And then she ran off.” Nazneen Saleh, 25, had been shocked to read news reports of the events unfolding on the street when she went outside to speak to the girl’s uncle and a woman she believes is her grandmother. Delighted to report that missing child Maria Tudorica aged 17months has now been found safe and well in the Ruskin Avenue, E12 area. Thanks to media and all members of the public who have helped with this appeal.— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) January 6, 2019 Two year old Maria went missing on Sunday afternoon The car was stolen from Nine Acres Close in the Manor Park area and was found less than a mile away in Hatherway Crescent. Just before 8pm the Metropolitan Police said she had been found safe and well in Ruskin Avenue a short distance from where the car was abandoned. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The man who took the car was described as Asian, of slim build and dressed in black clothing.A teacher visiting her parents in Nine Acres Close said the missing child’s family were distraught when they learned the car had been found without Maria.