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North Coast woman arrested over toddler disappearance

DETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of a Hunter Valley baby 15 years ago, have arrested a woman at Evans Head on the Far North Coast.

Police from Hunter Valley Local Area Command have been investigating the disappearance of Leonie Astra Hutchinson, who was reported missing in 2004.

Strike Force Kanuna was formed to investigate Leonie's disappearance, and comprises detectives from Hunter Valley Local Area Command, assisted by State Crime Command's Homicide Squad.

There has also been a Coronial inquest into her whereabouts. Investigators believe Leonie was 16 months old when she disappeared from her home in Scone sometime around January 2001.

As a result of on-going inquiries, detectives attached to Strike Force Kanuna, arrested a 43-year-old woman at her home, in Evans Head, about 7.30am today (Wednesday 16 March 2016).

The woman is being taken to Lismore Police Station where she is expected to be charged with murder.  



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