Police consider all scenarios in hunt for missing pair

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UPDATED, Monday 2.25pm:  The police hunt for a missing Pottsville dad and his four year old daughter has included checking airlines and bus companies to see whether the pair have left the area.

Police were considering all scenarios including that the pair may be camping out in bushland, Inspector Greg Jago of Tweed Byron Local Area Command said at a press conference early this afternoon.

Greg Hutchings, 35, was due to hand his daughter, Eeva Dorendahl, four, over to her Sunshine Coast based mother on Saturday at Pottsville.

But after texting his former partner to say they were on their way, the pair failed to show.
The mother raised the alarm soon after.

Inspector Greg Jago spoke to media at the Pottsville SES headquarters today.
Inspector Greg Jago spoke to media at the Pottsville SES headquarters today. Blainey Woodham

Twenty SES volunteers searched bushland between Efran Ave and James Ambrose Brown Park in hot and steamy conditions this morning, near where the pair were last seen.

The search was extended to bushland and a creek at Overall Dr this afternoon.

"There's a number of possible scenarios and at this stage police are keeping an open mind to each," Insp Jago said.

"It's the first time he and the child have gone missing.

"We do hold grave concerns for the welfare of the four-year-old girl.

"Obviously with the weather conditions if she was camping I hope the father has appropriate water for her."

He said they were not aware of any event that may have triggered the father to abduct his daughter.

He said the mother was holding up well.

"Obviously she's concerned but she understands where doing all we can to locate her.

"The search will continue until there's a resolution one way or the other."

He said normally after access visits, Mr Hutchings returned the girl to her Kin Kin home.

But on this occasion, her mother had travelled to Pottsville to pick her up.

Mr Hutchings and his daughter had just enjoyed a two week visit together.

 

UPDATED, 11.05am:  Twenty SES volunteers are helping police with the ground search for a father and his four-year-old daughter who went missing at Pottsville on the weekend.

Elfran St was the focus of this morning's search with police and volunteers expected to revisit areas that have already been searched this afternoon.

Police and family hold serious concerns for Greg Hutchings, 35, and his daughter, 4, Eeva Dorendahl.

The pair were last seen on Pottsville Rd about 12.30pm on Saturday.

They were due to meet with family in Pottsville about noon but did not arrive at the location.

Greg Hutchings, aged 35, and his four-year-old daughter Eeva Dorendahl were last seen on Pottsville Rd about 12.30pm on Saturday.
Greg Hutchings, aged 35, and his four-year-old daughter Eeva Dorendahl were last seen on Pottsville Rd about 12.30pm on Saturday. Contributed

UPDATED, 8.30am Monday:  Police have confirmed they have been unable to locate a father and daughter missing from Pottsville since the weekend.  The pair went missing on Saturday and have not been seen since.

 

INITIAL report, 4.12pm Sunday: Police are searching for a missing dad and daughter, last seen at Pottsville on Saturday.

Greg Hutchings, aged 35, and his four-year-old daughter Eeva Dorendahl were last seen on Pottsville Rd about 12.30pm on Saturday.

Family were waiting for the pair to meet with them around midday, but they did not arrive.

Tweed Police were called and they launched an investigation into the incident.

Investigators extensively searched Pottsville and surrounds to no avail.

It is believed the pair do not have access to a car.

Police and family hold serious concerns for their welfare and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Mr Hutchings is described as caucasian in appearance, about 175cm tall, with short brown curly hair and of a thin build.

He was last seen wearing a black long-sleeve shirt, grey trousers and carrying a black back pack.

Eeva is described as caucasian in appearance, with long blonde hair, blue eyes and of a thin build.

She was last seen wearing an oversized blue and white-coloured shirt and multicoloured board shorts.

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. Calls can be remain anonymous.



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