Five children were dramatically recovered from Sara Sharif's grandfather's house in Pakistan after police looking for the dead girl's runaway father raided the home.
Sara's father, stepmother and uncle have been hiding out in Pakistan since police in the UK found the 10-year-old's body alone in the family home, south of London.
Neighbours today described watching dozens of officers breaking through a gate and raiding the grandfather's house, where the children were staying, according to the BBC.
After booking eight one-way tickets, seemingly out of the blue, Sara's father Urfan Sharif flew to Pakistan from London four weeks ago with his partner Beinash Batool, his brother Faisal Malik and five children aged between one and 13.
Sharif, Batool and Malik weren't found at the grandfather's property.
Several hours after the raid, the five children were returned to the house in Jellum, a city in Pakistan's north-east where Urfan Sharif had grown up.
Sara's grandfather Muhammad Sharif revealed to the BBC how the five children had been staying at his home since their arrival on 10 August.
"Since they came from the UK, I didn't let them go," Sharif said, as he claimed he wasn't trying to hide them from authorities.
"I told Urfan and Beinash that they can go wherever they want to, but I will not let the children go with you.
"Until today, no one had asked me about the children.
"They kept asking me about Urfan, Faisal and Beinash, no one asked me about the children."
A custody hearing for the children is scheduled for Tuesday (local time).
Local officer Nasir Mehmood Bajwa told The Guardian police broke the locks of the main gate to force their way in, and confiscated CCTV cameras once inside.
Police are still searching for Sharif, Batool and Malik, he said.
Sharif and Batool released a video last week claiming they were hiding because they were afraid of police in Pakistan and that Sara had died in an "incident".
Police in Pakistan have raided more than 20 properties since Interpol alerted them about Sara's death.
Muhammad Sharif had previously told media Urfan had briefly visited his house after arriving but had fled to an unknown location.
He said he'd urged Urfan to surrender because of the intensifying heat his family was coming under from authorities.
Police in Pakistan have detained several family members as the manhunt has ramped up.
After hurriedly flying out of the UK, Urfan called British police to tell them Sara was dead and that her body could be found in the family's home in Woking.
Last week Sara's mum and grandmother told a Polish broadcaster they could hardly recognise her in a morgue because she was so badly bruised and injured.
In the aftermath of Sara's body being discovered, police confirmed they had previous interactions with the family in relation to Sara but would not say why.
The mother of one of Sara's school friends said she appeared injured at school one day, and that not long after she had been removed and put into homeschooling.
There is no formal extradition treaty between the UK and Pakistan.
UK police are working with international agencies, including Interpol and the UK Foreign Office to progress their enquiries with Pakistani authorities.