Thursday's news in 5 minutes.

1. Family of missing teen Cassie Olczak fear she might have been “given something” before she disappeared.

As police turn their search for missing Sydney teen Cassie Olczak to bushland near Waterfall her family say they are concerned she may have been “given something” before she disappeared on Sunday night.

The 16-year-old from Sylvania boarded a train at Banksia station in Sydney’s south at 6.58pm Sunday night in an “agitated state” just 24 hours after returning from visiting her father in Abu Dhabi.

She never arrived home.

Instead of departing at her station of Hurstville she was picked up by CCTV leaving Waterfall station, 30 minutes past Hurstville, at 7.40pm.

There are now concerns that after an incident involving two friends she may have been given a substance.

The Daily Telegraph reports one commuter said she was “dazed and glazed” when they saw her.

“She definitely needs medical attention, she’d be extremely dehydrated by now too,” Ms Olczak said.

“I just need to get my daughter back.

“If she hears this; your friends, your family are desperate for you to come home. Please come home.”

It comes as reports have emerged police are also looking for another two women in the Royal National Park after two 21-year-olds, Nikki Groves and Kate Bateup, phoned the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) at 2pm yesterday saying they were missing in the bush land.

The search was put on hold at approximately 7pm due to darkness and it’s expected the search will resume this morning.

Cassie’s sister Jacqueline has also pleaded on Facebook for Cassie to let them know she is okay.

“Cassie if you see this please just let us know that you’re okay and safe. We are worried about you I love you,” she wrote.

Last night police searched the Royal National Park for any signs of the missing teen.

2. South Australia to face more wild weather after super storm left entire state without power.

Many areas of South Australia have had their power returned after a storm took out the entire state’s electricity but more than 100,000 people are still without power.


Damage to infrastructure near Port Augusta at 3.48pm forced the whole electricity network to shut down.

By 7pm some areas were starting to get power back but those in the north of the state might face days before their power is returned.

Today all schools will be open but those without power will run a “different program”, reports the ABC.

The storm has been called a one-in-50-years event tearing roofs off buildings and bringing down trees and powerlines.

The Premier, Jay Weatherill late yesterday said the system reacted as it is “supposed to react.”

“The system operates in this way to shut the system down and is now being restored in regard to those protocols.”

An intense low-pressure system will this morning close in bringing gale-force winds of up to 120km/h and more rain.

A flood watch is in place for the state’s Mid North, Mount Lofty Ranges and Adelaide with rain of 30mm to 60mm expected to hit, with some falls of 50mm to 100mm possible.

3. Two people charged with the murder of woman whose body was found in suitcase.

Two people have been charged with the murder of woman Annabelle Chen, whose body was found in a suitcase dumped in the Swan River.

Major Crime Squad detectives yesterday arrested a 68-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman.

Ms Chen, aged 57, who lived in Meath Mews in Mosman Park, was found half-naked and had suffered significant injuries, the ABC reports.

The two will appear in court today.

4. Cy Walsh’s mother says she will continue to love and support her son.

The mother of Cy Walsh, who yesterday was found not guilty of the murder of his father Phil Walsh because he was deemed to be mentally incompetent at the time, says she will continue to love and support her son.

Cy Walsh fatally stabbed his father 20 times in a schizophrenic episode at the family home in July last year.

His wife Meredith said in a statement to the supreme court not enough was known about their son’s mental illness.

“My heart remains broken,” she said. “My daughter is also shattered.”

“I will continue to love and support my son as his father has always done.”

Meanwhile The Age reports a chilling text message Cy Walsh sent his father prior to fatally stabbing him with a hunting knife has been released by the court.

It reads:

It is your duty to pump up your troops

It is your duty to win

But honesty is key

War needs to be a thrill

War can be fun

War should not focus upon brutality

If Phil Walsh should fall

The Crows will experience many years of darkness

I cannot forgive your sins

There is a master in Peru who can

Please focus on hope

And remember to out your family

Before yourself

Walsh will now spend the rest of his life under psychiatric supervision

5. Australian suicide deaths among women and teenage girls rising.

For the first time the number of Australians who took their own lives surpassed 3,000 last year.

Statistics from the ABS show there were 3,027 people who died by suicide — 2,292 were men and 735 were women.

While it is three times more common for men to end their lives than women the number of women who suicide is rising.


Chief executive of Suicide Prevention Australia, Sue Murray, told ABC News this trend was concerning.

“We have seen a 26 per cent increase in the suicide rates among women and the numbers of suicides among women (rise) over the last five year period,” Ms Murray said.

The number of teenage girls who die by suicide has almost doubled in a year. In 2015, 56 girls between the ages of 15 and 19 ended their lives, up from 38 in 2014 reports the ABC.

“The numbers are not large but certainly the fact that it is a 45 per cent increase in a one-year period certainly needs good investigation,” Ms Murray said.

Lifeline on 13 11 14

Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800

MensLine Australia on 1300 789 978

Suicide Call Back Service on 1300 659 467

6. The most dangerous place in Australia to bring up your children.

Adelaide has been branded the most dangerous city to bring up children after it was revealed the vaccination rates for the city are Australia’s lowest.

The Advertiser reports that Adelaide City Council has Australia’s lowest immunisation rates among children aged two to five.

Just 78.7 per cent of two year olds and only 78.4 per cent of five year olds in the region have been vaccinated.

“On these figures, when it comes to dangerous infectious diseases, Adelaide City Council is the most dangerous place in the nation to bring up kids,” Associate Professor Peter Speck from Flinders University told The Advertiser.

The figures are more than 10 percent below the national averages.

Professor Speck said the area is vulnerable to a “rip-roaring measles epidemic”.

7. MH17 missile ‘came from Russia’, Dutch-led investigators explain.

International prosecutors say Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was downed over eastern Ukraine in 2014 by a Buk missile that had come from Russia.

They also narrowed down the area it was fired from to a field in territory controlled by Russian-backed rebels.

All 298 people on board the Boeing 777 died when it broke apart in mid-air flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur.

Chief Dutch police investigator Wilbert Paulissen told a news conference on Wednesday that based on the criminal investigation “we have concluded that flight MH17 was downed by a Buk missile of the series 9M83 that came from the territory of the Russian Federation.”

Russia says it cannot accept the findings as the final truth, saying no Russian weapons were taken to Ukraine.

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