Pottsville press conference: Police confirm bodies found

Police investigate possible murder-suicide at beach

3PM UPDATE: Police have confirmed they are investigating a murder after two bodies were found.

Tweed police boss Superintendent Stuart Wilkins told waiting media that the bodies had been found in suspicious circumstances.

While they are yet to be formally identified, they are believed to be the bodies of missing Pottsville man Greg Hutchings,35, and daughter Eeva Dorendahl-Hutchings, 4.

Police have established two crime scenes in Pottsville - one where the bodies were found and another where clothes had been found.

Family of the pair have been notified and are said to be devastated.

Police have not ruled out the possibility of a murder suicide.

Investigations are continuing.

Two crime scenes established after bodies found

TWO crimes scenes have been established at Pottsville after this morning's discovery of two bodies police believe were those of Greg Hutchings and his daughter Eeva Dorendahl-Hutchings.

The pair had been missing for 17 days.

Police have said they were investigating the possibility of a murder-suicide.

The first crime scene was established at the site at which the bodies were found, the second is at a location at which clothing was found.

Police have told the family who are understood to be devastated.

Police said they were hoping for a different outcome. 

UPDATE 1:30pm: TWO bodies have been found in the search for a Pottsville father and daughter.

About 8.30am today, police began a search for Greg Hutchings,35, and daughter Eeva Dorendahl-Hutchings, 4, comprising of officers from Tweed Byron Local Area Command and the State Emergency Service.

Just before 10am, two bodies were located by an SES volunteer in dense bushland at the Pottsville sand hills.

A crime scene has been established and forensic investigators are at the location.

The bodies are yet to be formally identified and police are unable to speculate whether they are that of the missing man and his daughter.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner.


UPDATE 12:30pm: POLICE say there's "bad news" in the disappearance of father Greg Hutchings and daughter Eeva Dorendahl-Hutchings.

Some media outlets are reporting that a crime scene has been established on a Pottsville beach.

Other reports suggest the search for the pair has been called off.

A media conference is expected soon.

ORIGINAL REPORT: POLICE are conducting land searches around the Pottsville area today for missing father and daughter Greg Hutchings and Eeva Dorendahl-Hutchings.

Mr Hutchings and his four year-old daughter have not been seen for 17 days since they were last sighted on Pottsville Rd about 12.30pm on Saturday January 11.

Mr Hutchings and Eeva were due to meet family in a Pottsville Park around midday but did not arrive.

Strike Force Beadle has been established to investigate their disappearance and today police and SES will search two areas Mr Hutchings is known to frequent - north of Mooball Creek, along sand dunes near the beach; and north of the Pottsville township along sand dunes towards Hastings Point.

Police hold grave concerns for their welfare as there have been no confirmed sightings of the pair since their disappearance and Mr Hutchings has not accessed his bank account.

Mr Hutchings is described as being of Caucasian 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 green shoulder bag.

Eeva is described as being of Caucasian 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.

Anyone with any information on Mr Hutchings or Eeva is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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