Horror when the bodies of a mother and her young son are found in a pond and a desperate search for a missing girl begins.
- The bodies of a woman and a child were found in an ACT pond on Saturday
- Officers are searching Yerrabi Pond at Gungahlin in Canberra for a missing girl
- Police seriously fear for her as investigations into the shocking find continue.
Police launched an urgent search for a girl after the bodies of a woman and a child were found in a pond.
Officers are searching for the girl at Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin in the ACT after the bodies of the woman and child were found in the water early Saturday.
The dead woman is believed to be the mother of the deceased child and the missing girl, while the police have great concern for the girl.
Officers are searching for the girl at Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin in the ACT after the bodies of the woman and child were found in the water early Saturday (pictured)
Divers are searching the water (pictured) as other officers scour the surrounding brush
The State Emergency Services are on the scene, while 30 police officers participate in the operation (in the photo)
The bodies were discovered when police arrived in the area at 8 a.m. (Police on scene pictured)
Both children are understood to be under the age of 10, the Canberra Times informed.
ACT Police Detective Superintendent Hall O’Meagher said a land and waterway search was underway to find the girl.
He told reporters that officers had received a call from a member of the public when they saw what they thought was a body in the lake.
The bodies were discovered when police arrived in the area at 8 a.m.
‘The cause and manner of [the deaths] it is not known at this time,’ he told reporters on Saturday.
‘It is very early in the investigation and investigations continue.
ACT Police Detective Superintendent Hall O’Meagher said a land and waterway search was underway to find the girl (pictured)
“It is a very tragic situation… and we are investigating the family of the deceased… who are assisting us with our investigations at this time.”
Divers search the water while other officers scour the surrounding brush.
The water is believed to be cloudy after recent rain, making it difficult to search. Police are understood to be using a drone for a better view.
Police have said there is no continuing threat to the community, while next of kin have been informed.
“Our thoughts are with them, and also with the police who have had to deal with this tragic circumstance here this morning,” said Detective Superintendent O’Meagher.
It is a distressing situation for first responders – the police, SES and all the services we rely on to give us the assistance we need in these circumstances – but rest assured we have welfare support to provide those officers today and in the coming. days.
So far it is unknown if the deaths were accidental or not.
The State Emergency Services are on site, while 30 police officers are involved in the operation.
A report on the deaths will be prepared for the coroner.
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