BREAKING NEWS: Human remains are found inside a barrel beside a Blue Mountains river by police searching for a missing school girl, 9, – as a man she had been holidaying with is charged with MURDER
- A missing nine-year-old schoolgirl’s body was reportedly found inside a barrel
- Shocking new detail comes as man prepares to face court charged with murder
- Allegedly tried to get barrel to river, but couldn’t drag it through dense bushland
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A schoolgirl’s body has been found inside a barrel an hour from where she went missing in the picturesque NSW Blue Mountains.
Daily Mail Australia can reveal shocking new detail about the nine-year-old girl’s alleged murder as a 32-year-old man prepares to face a Sydney court on Wednesday morning.
Police made the grisly discovery near the Colo River in Sydney’s west on Tuesday night.
A child’s remains, which are yet to be identified, were found in a barrel on the riverbed.
It’s understood the accused was allegedly trying to get the barrel to the river, but couldn’t drag it through the dense bushland and abandoned it in the scrubs.
The victim, who was holidaying with her mother and the mother’s fiancé, went missing from a multimillion dollar property in Mount Wilson on Thursday afternoon.
She wasn’t reported missing until 8.20am the next morning.
The nine-year-old girl was last seen on Thursday but was reported missing on Friday morning
Daily Mail Australia can reveal shocking new detail about the nine-year-old girl’s alleged murder as a 32-year-old man prepares to face a Sydney court on Wednesday morning
Police made the grisly discovery near the Colo River in Sydney’s west on Tuesday night. A child’s remains, which are yet to be identified, were found in a barrel on the riverbed
The 32-year-old man was arrested at an apartment in Surry Hills on Tuesday night. He will face court on Wednesday
Police had already scoured the Colo and Hawkesbury Rivers after information that a boat was used in the hours after she vanished.
The 32-year-old was arrested at an apartment in Surry Hills in Sydney’s inner city at about 8.30pm on Tuesday and charged with murder.
Detectives last night carried out another search at the Colo River near where the remains were found.
The river is about an hour’s drive from Mount Wilson.
The man will face Central Local Court on Wednesday morning. Neither he nor the girl can be identified for legal reasons.
Police had already scoured the Colo and Hawkesbury Rivers after information that a boat was used in the hours after she vanished, but returned to the scene following new information on Tuesday
NSW Police also carried out a search at Colo River, about an hour from the Blue Mountains but it’s unclear what they were looking for and if anything was found
Police told volunteers that the little girl would likely be exhausted lying still if she was lost in the bush
The young girl usually lives with her grandmother in Coolangatta near the Gold Coast but was staying with her mother and stepdad over the school holidays.
She attends a local primary school south of the border, where she’s known as a spritely and cheerful student.
Her grandmother shared a sweet photo just two weeks ago on January 5. With the ocean as a backdrop, the nine-year-old leaned back and kissed her beaming grandmother on the cheek.
Five days later, after the girl had already made the trip to NSW to see her mother, the grandmother confessed to a friend she was ‘struggling’.
‘A bit of silly business was needed to lift the mood,’ she said alongside a photo of herself using a comedic Snapchat filter.
‘Struggling a bit to be quite honest.’
Earlier this week police seized a vehicle and boat as part of the investigation.
A man has been charged with murder after a nine-year-old girl disappeared in the Blue Mountains. Emergency crews are seen in Colo River near the Blue Mountains
Pictured: Police vehicles moving down the driveway at Mount Wilson, in the NSW Blue Mountains
RFS volunteers (pictured) were deployed to the area to search for the nine-year-old and have been combing bushland
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