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Police pursuing tip-offs about missing Pottsville pair

Gary Cowan with the police chopper at Pottsville earlier this week.
Gary Cowan with the police chopper at Pottsville earlier this week. Nolan Verheij-full

UPDATED, 3pm: POLICE are now combing through the copious amounts of information that has been volunteered by the public concerning the disappearance of Pottsville man Greg Hutchings and his four year old daughter, Eeva.  

Inspector Gary Cowan from Tweed Byron Local Area Command said the extensive ground, air and sea search at Pottsville had now been discontinued with police now analysing leads provided through CrimeStoppers.   

Insp Cowan said despite six days of searching, they were no closer to locating the pair with Hutchings bank accounts and mobile phone still registering no activity.   

 

INITIAL report, 11.10am: THE family of Pottsville resident Greg Hutchings who disappeared with his daughter on Saturday claim police have accused them of harbouring him.

His mother Diana Hutchings told the Courier Mail that police had visited her Pottsville home several times and subjected her to aggressive questioning.

"Police were here screaming at me that I knew where they were and trying to pin this on me but I've been trying everything I can to help," she said.

The search for Mr Hutchings and his four-year-old daughter Eeva Dorendahl of the Sunshine Coast has entered its sixth day.

Greg Hutchings, 35, and his daughter Eeva Dorendahl.
Greg Hutchings, 35, and his daughter Eeva Dorendahl. Contributed

 

BACKGROUND

Saturday-Sunday: 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.

Wednesday: Eeva's mother denies claims she was planning to move her daughter to her native Finland.  Greg's mother told media her son had been depressed.  Police establish Strikeforce Beadle to investigate the disappearance. They have a huge volume of info supplied by the public to check. The search continues without any success.

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.

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



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