The latest on the investigation:
- Why was a missing person’s report for Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson suddenly withdrawn just five days after it was filed?
- The phone call that solved the mystery.
- Police rule any involvement by the father of Khandalyce.
- Police find photographs taken in a shopping centre showing Khandalyce wearing one of the dresses and the quilt used in appeals to find out who was the body in the suitcase.
A young woman’s bones found in the infamous Belangalo State Forest – unidentified for five years.
A little girl’s bones found 1100km away five years later.
There was no reason to link the two. No reason to think that for at least six years they had been separated. No reason to think that someone had violently and brutally murdered them and then dumped their bodies on two sides of Australia.
There was no reason at all to link them until two weeks ago when police received a phone call.
In 2006 Khandalyce Kiara Pearce was born in Alice Springs to single mother Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson. Karlie just a teenager when Khandalyce was born, she was known as quiet girl – remembered at school as being “lovely” but given the nickname “Mouse.”
“It was just the look of her face, I guess, her small button-nose and couple of buck teeth,” a school friend told The Australian.
When Khandalyce was aged just two her mother left Alice Springs and travelled to Adelaide leaving behind her own mother – Khandalyce’s grandmother – cousins and her ex-boyfriend, Khandalyce ‘s father.
Records show that the little girl was immunised at the age of 18-months but after that nothing. She never attended school or daycare, she had no dental work that matched her, she never made it to the age of four to be immunised again.
Missing person’s report
At some stage the pair went to NSW, after being seen in Darwin, Adelaide and Canberra. At some stage the pair were violently murdered. At some stage the pair were separated – and police are now appealing to the public to piece together those details.
Karlie’s mother – who has since died – filed a missing persons report for her daughter on September 4, 2009. Five days later, however, she withdrew the report after being reassured her daughter was safe and well but did not want contact from her family at the time.
There are now being questions raised about why she withdrew the report, Fairfax Media says that investigators are unsure whether it was Karlie or someone else who that made the call or message.
But something made them believe she was still alive – for the next six years.
Detective Superintendent Des Bray of the Major Crime Investigation Branch said: “Contact with the family became less over time and on September 4, 2009, Ms Pearce-Stevenson’s mother raised a missing-person report with the Northern Territory Police,’’