Search for missing nine-year-old Charlise Mutten continues in Blue Mountains

Police are continuing to search the Blue Mountains on Sunday for missing nine-year-old Charlise Mutten,who was last seen on Thursday.

Investigators seized a boat they hope will shed light on her disappearance and local police continued to search the area overnight.

Nine-year-old Charlise Mutten has been missing from a Mount Wilson property since Thursday,her family say.

Nine-year-old Charlise Mutten has been missing from a Mount Wilson property since Thursday,her family say.NSW Police

A police spokeswoman said police helicopters,the dog unit,Police Rescue and crew from the State Emergency Service,the Rural Fire Service and NSW Ambulance resumed their search on Sunday morning,following a full-scale search on Friday and Saturday.

Police say the girl was on holidays in the Blue Mountains when she was last seen on a property close to the remote township of Mount Wilson on Thursday,but they were notified she was missing on Friday morning.

More than 100 people spent Friday night desperately searching dense bushland for the girl,who was visiting the area from Queensland,and investigators searched the home from which she disappeared for several hours after a family member called triple zero on Friday morning.

“We made a number of inquiries at the scene and commenced a search here in the Mount Wilson area and have been working with the family in terms of their timeframe and how we progressed the search from there,” Blue Mountains Police Area Commander acting Superintendent John Nelson said on Saturday afternoon.

“They’ve given us a bunch of information.”

Investigators seized a boat on Saturday and,while a spokeswoman for NSW Police could not provide further detail on that,she said local police would continue their search throughout the night while the full-scale search – involving specialist officers from the homicide squad,the dog unit,the riot squad and PolAir – would resume on Sunday.

A red Holden ute was seized by investigators late on Friday afternoon.

“A 31-year-old man from this location has been helping us with our inquiries,” acting Superintendent Nelson said.

Asked if investigators believed Charlise’s disappearance was suspicious,acting Superintendent Nelson said:“We are not discounting any scenario at this time because we can’t.”

Police divers were preparing to search dams on neighbouring properties on Saturday afternoon.

Police have also issued a geotargeting SMS to people in the area,but have not issued an Amber alert,a tool typically used for children believed to be abducted.

Charlise is of Caucasian appearance with brown hair and blue eyes,and is between 130 and 140 centimetres tall.

She is believed to have been wearing a pink top with a round neck collar,a black knee-length skirt and pink Nike thongs,police said on Saturday,after initially saying it was unknown what she was wearing when she disappeared.

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Sally Rawsthorne is a Crime Reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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