Police search SA and Canberra homes in mother-daughter murder investigation

Police search SA and Canberra homes in mother-daughter murder investigation

Police have confirmed a number of homes in South Australia and Canberra have been searched, in the investigation in to the double murder of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and her daughter Khandalyce.

Police confirmed earlier this week the remains of a child found in a suitcase on a South Australian highway had been identified as Khandalyce.

She is the daughter of Ms Pearce-Stevenson, from Alice Springs, whose body was found in the Belanglo State Forest in NSW in 2010.

South Australian Detective Superintendent Des Bray has updated the public, saying a number of homes have been searched, and items have been found that will assist the investigation.

“Those premises belonged to people associated with Karlie and Khandalyce in some way,” he said.

“I can’t go into the specifics of what those searches have been but I can say that those searches have been extremely productive.”

NSW and South Australian police have released a joint statement, saying they are pursuing a “very strong line of inquiry,” but are also keeping an open mind.

Earlier today, police said they were turning their focus to NSW prisons, looking at inmates who have committed similar crimes in the past.

They said they had identified a number of suspects, including one man who is currently serving a NSW prison sentence.

Police believe the mother and daughter were likely murdered in 2008, as there have been no confirmed sightings of them after that date.

Superintendent Des Bray says it is a fast-paced investigation, and police hope to have some answers quickly.

But he says they don’t want to jump to conclusions.

“One of the key things … is to avoid unnecessary speculation.

“We won’t tell you things unless we are 100 per cent certain.

Image: SA Police

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