Strike force formed to investigate missing dad and girl

Eeva Dorendahl, and father Greg Hutchings, were last seen in Pottsville on Saturday.
Eeva Dorendahl, and father Greg Hutchings, were last seen in Pottsville on Saturday. NSW POLICE

UPDATED, 2pm:  STRIKE Force Beadle has been established in order to investigate the disappearance of Pottsville man Greg Hutchings and his four year old daughter Eeva Dorendahl.

The strike force will investigate the huge volume of information that has been supplied to the police by the public.

The search for the pair has continued at Pottsville today.


INITIAL report, 9.27am: THE Sunshine Coast mother of missing four-year-old Eeva Dorendahl has denied she was planning to take her daughter to her native Finland to live.

As the search for Eeva and her Pottsville based father Greg Hutchings enters its fifth day, his mother has claimed that he may have run away with his daughter to stop her being taken overseas.

Diana Hutchings told the Courier Mail that Eeva had spoken excitedly of going to school in Finland with the family discovering a passport for her.

She said he had recently become depressed, but he was a good father who would never hurt his daughter.

But Michelle Doredahl from Kin Kin said she had no intention of leaving Australia and had made this very clear to her former partner.



Saturday: Greg Hutchings was due to hand his daughter over to her Sunshine Coast based mother on Saturday at Pottsville. He texted to his former partner to say they were on their way, the pair failed to show. The mother raised the alarm soon after. Mr Hutchings and his daughter had just enjoyed a two-week visit together. The pair were last seen on Pottsville Rd about 12.30pm on Saturday. It is believed the pair do not have access to a car.

Monday: Twenty SES volunteers searched bushland between Efran Ave and James Ambrose Brown Park near where the pair were last seen, and a creek at Overall Dr. Police held a press conference to appeal for information. Police also checked airlines and bus companies.

Tuesday:  No trace was found of the pair despite extensive land, water and air searches which had included surf life saver club members. A police chopper, known as Polair, also joined the search. A suspected sighting of the pair at Nambucca Heads and then Coffs Harbour turned out to be two false alarms.

Description:  Mr Hutchings is described as Caucasian in appearance, 175cm tall, short brown curly hair and of thin build. Last seen wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, grey trousers and a black backpack.  Eeva is described as Caucasian in appearance, with long blonde hair, blue eyes and of a thin build. Last seen wearing an oversized blue and white-coloured shirt and multicoloured board shorts.

Contact: Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  editors picks eeva dorendahl greg hutchings missing persons pottsville tweed police

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