Missing six-year-old girl Atiya Anjum-Wilkinson is reportedly on her way home three years after being abducted by her father.
Atiya vanished in November 2009 after going to stay with her father, Razwan Ali Anjum.
The former insurance salesman said he was taking the girl to Southport.
Instead he took her to Lahore, Pakistan, and told Atiya's mother, Gemma Wilkinson, that she was "never going to see Atiya again", courts have heard.
Anjum is serving a prison sentence in Britain for refusing to reveal his daughter's whereabouts despite a court order.
However, sources have now suggested Atiya has been located in Pakistan and is due to arrive back in the UK this afternoon.
In November, Ms Wilkinson, 32, from Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, made a fresh appeal for information on her daughter's whereabouts.
She said: "It's been an absolute nightmare.
"As to her whereabouts we know nothing. We've had no contact. I'm worrying every day, every single day. Everything is affected by it. When I close my eyes I see her.
"I say goodnight to her every night before bed. I pray she's OK. There is no proof she is still alive. It's been discussed that she could have been sold, but I don't want to believe it.
"She was so funny. She was a little bundle of joy. We just want her home."
Ms Wilkinson's "on-off" relationship with Anjum ended in 2008.
Anjum was handed a fourth consecutive jail term by a High Court judge in April after he refused to reveal where his daughter was.
Mr Justice Moor imposed a 12-month sentence after he found him in contempt of a High Court order instructing him to disclose Atiya's whereabouts.
He said Anjum, who is in his late 20s, would not be eligible for release until he had served at least six months.
Judges have previously imposed jail terms of two years, 12 months and another 12 months in the hope that Anjum would provide information.