Strangers and loved ones of a little girl found dead in a Townsville storm water drain have left heartfelt tributes at the scene.

The makeshift memorial has also been adorned with flowers and plush toys after the three-year-old girl was found dead on Saturday night.

She was one of two children reported missing from a Kelso address about 6.40pm on Saturday.

The two-year-old child who was reported missing was found a short time later wandering in a nearby street.

However, the second pre-schooler wasn’t located until more than an hour-and-a-half later when she was discovered in a storm water drain.

A memorial has been set up where a child‘s body was discovered in a Townsville storm water drain.
A memorial has been set up where a child‘s body was discovered in a Townsville storm water drain. Credit: 7NEWS

She was rushed to Townsville University Hospital but pronounced dead on arrival.

“I wish there was more we could have done. We tried our best. RIP beautiful girl, you will be missed,” read one message written at the scene.

Another said: “There are not right words to say. I hope you lived a happy life in your time, but God had other plans for you.”

“I didn’t know you, but you’ve stolen my heart and you will be forever missed. Rest easy beautiful,” said a separate note.

A message written at the scene of the discovery of a toddler’s body in Townsville.
A message written at the scene of the discovery of a toddler’s body in Townsville. Credit: 7NEWS

On Monday, a Kelso man had his matter heard in court for the first time after being charged with manslaughter.

He was also charged with endangering children by exposure and driving under the influence of a drug.

The man, who cannot by named for legal reasons, did not apply for bail on Monday.

He remains in custody.

– With AAP

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