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Police shift focus in search for missing dad and daughter

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

UPDATE 6am Friday: POLICE believe Greg Hutchings and his four-year-old daughter, Eeva Dorendahl, who have been missing from Pottsville since Saturday, could be at Mullumbimby or Katoomba in the Blue Mountains.

The 35-year-old and his daughter were last seen on Pottsville Rd about 12.30pm on Saturday.

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

Officers attached to Tweed Byron Local Area Command were called and launched an investigation into the incident.

Strike Force Beadle has been established in order to investigate the disappearance.

There have been no confirmed sightings.

Following inquiries, investigators believe the father and daughter could be in two areas: Katoomba in the Blue Mountains, or Mullumbimby.

Police are appealing for members of these communities to keep a look out.

Phone CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the online reporting page police.nsw.gov.au.

 

UPDATE 11am Wednesday: 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. 

 

UPDATE 10am: 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.

 

UPDATE 7am Wednesday: Some media outlets are reporting that Greg Hutchings, 35, had recently learnt his former partner might have been planning to move to Finland with daughter Eeva.

Mr Hutchings' family revealed that the 35-year-old may have been concerned Eeva was going to go overseas, with Mr Hutchings' sister, Sheri Hutchings, saying the discovery of a Finnish passport was possibly the catalyst.

"Greg has lived and loved that little girl with the lightest of love and would never compromise her safety," she wrote on her Facebook page.

"He has been concerned that Eeva's mum might relocate them to Finland without Greg's knowledge.

"His discovery of a secret Finnish passport for Eeva has probably been the catalyst for his hesitation in returning Eeva to her mum."

Ms Hutchings said she had complete trust Eeva was safe, happy and very well cared for.

 

UPDATE 4.05pm: There's an unconfirmed report of a sighting of the missing Pottsville dad and daughter near Coffs Harbour late this afternoon.

A member of the public has informed police that two people matching the description of the missing pair have been sighted on the Pacific Highway just near the Big Banana tourist attraction.

Four police vehicles have been dispatched to search the area.

More information as it comes to hand. 

 

UPDATE 9am Tuesday: POLICE and SES volunteers are continuing to search for Greg Hutchings and his four-year-old daughter Eeva who were last seen at Pottsville on Saturday.

Mr Hutchings, 25, was last seen with Eeva on Pottsville Rd, about 30 minutes before he was due to hand his daughter over to her Sunshine Coast based mother.

Today's search efforts will be managed by NSW Police Marine Local Area Command under the supervision of Inspector Gary Cowan and will concentrate on waterways around the Tweed Heads area.

Yesterday officers from the Richmond and Tweed Byron Local Area Commands along with 20 SES volunteers searched bush land in the Efran Ave area near where the pair were last seen.

 

UPDATE 8:30am Tuesday: THE police hunt continues for the 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 yesterday 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 and the mother raised the alarm soon after.

Yesterday morning twenty SES volunteers searched bushland between Efran Ave and James Ambrose Brown Park, near where the pair were last seen.

The search was extended to bushland and a creek at Overall Dr during the 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.

 

UPDATE 10:30am Monday: THE search continues today for a missing father and daughter who were last seen in the Pottsville area on Saturday.

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

They were due to meet with family around noon, but did not arrive at the location.

A police media spokeswoman said officers from the Tweed Byron Local Area Command were joined by 20 SES volunteers to continue the search this morning.

The spokeswoman said the search will concentrate on bush land in the Elfran Ave area.

Inspector Greg Jago will address media at the Pottsville SES headquarters from noon.

Anyone with any information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

ORIGINAL REPORT: POLICE are appealing for public assistance to help find a father and his four-year-old daughter last seen at Pottsville on Saturday.

Greg Hutchings, 35, and his daughter Eeva Dorendahl were last seen on Pottsville Road about 12.30pm.

The pair was due to meet family in Pottsville about midday but did not arrive.

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

Mr Hutchings is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 1.75m 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 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.

Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  editors picks, missing persons, police




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