Major search underway for young girl, 9, missing in the rugged Blue Mountains since yesterday – as police seize a car believed to be connected to the mystery
- Charlise Mutten, 9, has been missing in the Blue Mountains since Thursday
- She was reported missing to police at 8.20am on Friday, last seen at Mt Wilson
- The girl is described as Caucasian with brown hair, her photo was released
- Hundreds of officers and volunteers are scouring dense bushland in the area
A desperate police search for nine-year-old girl missing in dense bushland will continue overnight despite storms grounding helicopters.
Charlise Mutten was reported missing at 8.20am on Friday from a property at Mt Wilson, deep in the Blue Mountains national park. She was last seen on Thursday.
NSW police confirmed that the house on that Mt Wilson property was being searched and that a car related to the home’s residents has been seized for examination.
A full-scale operation involving hundreds of officers, helicopters, the dog squad and emergency response volunteers was launched on Friday.
Charlise is described as being of Caucasian appearance with thin brown hair. It is not known what she was wearing when she disappeared.
Charlise Mutten, 9, was reported missing at 8.20am on Friday from a property at Mt Wilson, deep in the Blue Mountains national park. She was last seen on Thursday
NSW Police released two photos of Charlise as the search for her intensified on Friday. She is described as being of Caucasian appearance with brown hair (pictured, Charlise Mutten)
The girl was reported missing at 8.20am on Friday from a property at Mt Wilson, 60km northwest of Richmond (pictured, police and detectives on the scene on Friday)
SES and rural fire service members have joined police in the search
It is understood the police homicide squad was called in on Friday afternoon to assist and that a car thought to be connected to the search was seized by officers at Penrith, 9News reported.
NSW Police told Daily Mail Australia that officers would continue ‘sweeping the area’ through the night but that PolAir helicopter, which was using ‘thermal imaging technology’, was forced out of the operation by thunderstorms.
A command post was established at the Mt Wilson Rural Fire Service Station with members from the Rural Fire Service and State Emergency Service assisting police from the Blue Mountains Police Area Command, Police Rescue, the Dog Unit, and PolAir.
The crews are searching dense bushland around Mt Wilson, which is approximately 30km northeast of Blackheath.
It is understood search teams are checking tents and bins in the area.
NSW police sent out a geo-targeting text message to all local residents in the area on Friday evening to inform them of Charlise’s disappearance.
They also asked social media users to share the missing girl’s photo widely. The police post was shared over 6,000 times in three hours.
Police are appealing for anyone with information about her whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Charlise Mutten, 9, went missing on Thursday but her disappearance wasn’t reported to police until Friday
More to come…