Homicide detectives team up to search for missing girl Charlise Mutten in the Blue Mountains

NSW homicide detectives are now helping the search for nine-year-old Charlise Mutten, who went missing in the Blue Mountains four days ago.

More than 100 police officers, State Emergency Service personnel and Rural Fire Service (RFS) volunteers continue to search the thick bush near the Mount Wilson property where Charlise disappeared.

A family member reported Charlise missing from the property around 8:20 a.m. last Friday, but she has not been seen since last Thursday afternoon.

The nine-year-old lives with her grandmother in Queensland, but vacationed in the Blue Mountains with her mother, Kallista Mutten, and her mother’s partner.

Homicide investigators have now joined the massive ground and air search for Charlise, and her mother is expected to be questioned by police later today.

She spent last night in the hospital after suffering a medical episode.

Charlise Mutten normally lives with her grandmother in Queensland.(Supplied: NSW Police)

Volunteers helping with the search have been instructed to shout out Charles’s name and if they come across any evidence they must report him to the police before touching him.

They were instructed to look for anything unusual, including footprints or bike tracks.

This morning police searched a small house on a neighboring property but found no sign of the girl.

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Search teams are combing the bush in the Blue Mountains over the weekend.(ABC News: Timothy Swanston)

RFS commander Peter Bennett said crews would continue to expand their line searches in an area of ​​rough terrain and ravines.

“We cover large areas and search thoroughly,” he said.

“There is a lot of ups and downs and a lot of dense undergrowth. A lot of the streams and gorges are steep…rain forest vegetation, it varies quite a bit.”

He said search crews are still optimistic.

“The moral is upbeat … it’s about trying to do our best.”

Over the weekend, police confiscated a white boat and a red ute from the house where Charlise lived.

A crime scene has been set up at the property to allow police to conduct forensic investigations.

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RFS volunteers discuss tactics over the weekend.(ABC News: Timothy Swanston)

Police divers spent hours searching the Hawkesbury River in Windsor yesterday but Chief Inspector Garry Sims said officers were still trying to pinpoint the exact time the nine-year-old went missing.

Police believe that if Charlise is lost, mild weather conditions over the past few days may have helped her survive in the harsh bush country.

Charlise is Caucasian in appearance with a thin build and brown hair and eyes.

She is about 130 to 140 centimeters tall and was last seen in a pink top, black skirt and black thongs.

Police are appealing to anyone with information or who has seen a girl matching Charlie’s description to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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