Missing 7-year-old girls, Bronte and Isabella Watter.A Townsville mother, who has been on the run from police with her two young daughters, has been tracked to Brisbane’s northern suburbs.
The girls, Isabella and Bronte Watter, were last seen on April 4 when they were dropped off at their school in Townsville, far north Queensland.
Police believe the girls never made it to their classroom and were taken by their mother Cassie.
By taking the seven-year-old girls, Mrs Watter is in breach of a family court custodial order that she consented to.
There have been unconfirmed sightings of the trio across Australia in the months since they vanished from northern Queensland,
Acting Inspector Dave Miles said police had tracked Mrs Watter to the Strathpine and Everton Park area “very recently”, and believed she was with the girls.
“They’re no doubt living a life where mum’s looking over her shoulder wondering whether the next knock on the door will be from police,” he told Fairfax Media.
“We don’t think they’re in danger but the reality is she is not lawfully entitled to have the children.”
Acting Inspector Miles said it appeared Mrs Watter’s family and friends had helped her disappear, providing assistance with accommodation, transport and money.
“Our hope is that Cassie Watter and the people supporting her will accept that this is not going away. The people assisting her are committing a criminal offence and we need to have these children brought back where they belong,” he said.
The girls’ father, Michael Watter, said the development gave him hope of seeing his daughters soon.
“We’re still relying on the public to be the eyes and ears and to forward information to police,” he said.
“It’s getting harder and harder as the days go by.”
In April the Family Court took the rare step to release some details of the custodial case between Mr and Mrs Watter. The court said Mrs Watter had breached its order by absconding with the girls.
Bronte Watter is about 100 centimetres tall, of slight build, with fair skin and long, light brown hair.
Her sister Isabella is about five centimetres shorter and has a slight build, fair skin and short brown hair.
Cassie (Catherine Lee) Watter, 41, is described as Caucasian, about 163cm tall, weighing about 90 kilograms, with dark brown hair.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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