Police seek information on mother-daughter murder

Police are urging anyone with information about a mother and her daughter, who went missing in 2009, to come forward if their faces or names trigger a memory.

Authorities have confirmed Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson, whose body was found in Belanglo State forest in NSW 5 years ago, is the mother of 2-year-old Khandalyce Kiara Pearce, whose body was found in a suitcase in South Australia in July.

Information from 2 anonymous callers led police to a breakthrough in the suitcase murder, where they discovered photos of Khandalyce wearing a pink dress and with a handmade quilt, identical to those found in the suitcase.

Karlie Pearce-Stevenson. Source: SA Police

Karlie Pearce-Stevenson. Source: SA Police

Police have now confirmed there are a number of persons of interest in the case, but that does not include Khandalyce’s father.

They’ve also revealed Karlie’s mother reported the pair missing in September 2009, but withdrew the report after hearing from her daughter, who reassured her she was safe.

Khandalyce Pearce. Source: South Australia Police

Khandalyce Pearce. Source: South Australia Police

Police have not specified how the two died, but have described both killings as violent.

“This is one of the most shocking crimes. Shocking and unimaginable,” South Australian Major Crime Detective Superintendent Des Bray said.

“Another family has been torn apart and devastated. Those people that are responsible for this crime are truly evil. They must be quickly caught and held to account for what they’ve done.”

A joint investigation between NSW police and SA police will get underway today, with authorities now seeking further information from anyone who may have seen the pair in the past 10 years.

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