Hundreds of emergency services personnel, including local SES and RFS volunteers, were continuing yesterday to search rugged bush for nine-year-old missing girl Charlise Mutten.
The little girl, who lives in Queensland, was staying at Mt Wilson with her mother, Kallista, at a wedding reception property owned by the family of the mother's fiance.
Charlise was last seen on Thursday and reported missing on Friday morning. She was wearing a pink top, black knee-length skirt and pink thongs. She is between 130cm and 140cm tall and thin.
Many Mountains RFS brigades have been involved in the search effort, along with SES and police.
RFS Blue Mountains District posted that crews had been working "around the clock" and Katoomba/Leura RFS said the terrain was "extremely rugged with very thick bush in parts".
Dog units, remote area crews, trail bike units and helicopters have also been deployed. A boat was examined. Police using geo-targeting messaging sent texts to locals in the area and other Upper Mountains towns on Friday evening, seeking any information or sightings of the little girl and asking them to call Crime Stoppers.
Alex drug arrest
On Saturday, December 18, Blue Mountains Police were conducting an operation at licensed premises with a drug detection dog. About 8pm, police spoke with a 26-year-old Katoomba man at the Alexandra Hotel, Leura. The male accompanied police outside, where he was searched. During the search he declared that he had small bags of cocaine secreted in his trouser pocket and also inside his wallet. Police found five small plastic bags containing a white powder with a collective weight of 3.88 grams. He was issued with a future court attendance notice for possessing a prohibited drug.
At approximately 11.45am on January 8, a four-year-old child fell approximately 3.5 metres from a second-storey window into a garden bed at Springwood. The child suffered a laceration to the chin and multiple abrasions. Ambulance paramedics stabilised the child before doctors from the Careflight Specialist team arrived. The child was conveyed to Westmead Children's Hospital by road ambulance for further assessment.
At 22:40 on January 8, police stopped a Black Mitsubishi Lancer at Medlow Bath for a random breath test. The driver, an 18-year-old female from Wentworthville, returned a positive roadside result. At Katoomba station she returned a reading of 0.024. As she was a P-plater, she was issued an infringement notice and had her licence suspended on the spot.