Charlise Mutten's cause of death revealed as police release CCTV of ute towing boat

| 25.01,22. 12:48 PM |

Charlise Mutten's cause of death revealed as police release CCTV of ute towing boat

Charlise Mutten, 9, is currently missing from Mt Wilson.
Charlise Mutten's body was found in a barrel after she was reported missing from a Blue Mountains property. (NSW Police)

Detectives have alleged nine-year-old Charlise Mutten died from a gunshot wound, in what the Homicide Squad boss called an "unimaginable and egregious murder".
The schoolgirl was found dead in a plastic barrel on the banks of the Colo River in NSW last week, about an hour from where she was last seen in the Blue Mountains.
Her mother's partner Justin Stein, 31, has been charged with her murder.
"The cause of death of Charlise was that she suffered a fatal gunshot wound, and that's how she died," Homicide Squad Commander Danny Doherty said today.
"We're disclosing this for investigative reasons but also just to clear up any ambiguity… this is the (alleged) murder of a nine-year-old girl."
The little girl's family has only recently been told how she died.

"It's important that they know, and it's important that the public know that this is an unimaginable and egregious (alleged) murder of a child," he said.
CCTV of a ute towing a boat has been released as police continue their investigation into the alleged murder of Charlise Mutten, whose body was found in a barrel by a NSW river.
CCTV of a ute towing a boat has been released as police continue their investigation into the alleged murder of Charlise Mutten, whose body was found in a barrel by a NSW river. (Supplied)
Police are still searching the Mount Wilson property where Charlise was last seen and the surrounding areas for a gun.
Detective Superintendent Doherty said the barrel Charlise was found in is believed to be from the property and police believe there is a "high probability" she died there.
Charlise's mother Kallista Mutten has been reinterviewed and is being treated as a witness.
Detective Superintendent Doherty said Ms Mutten was not believed to have been at the property at the time police allege Charlise was murdered.
It comes as new CCTV was released, showing a ute towing a boat at multiple locations across Sydney .
The ute and boat were spotted in Drummoyne, in Sydney's inner-west, at 7:17pm on Thursday, January 13.
The ute and boat were spotted in Drummoyne, in Sydney's inner-west, at 7:17pm on Thursday, January 13. (Supplied)
The CCTV footage shows the maroon coloured ute towing a covered boat at three locations on the evening of January 13.
Just before 6pm, the ute pulls into a BP gas station at Marsden Park, in Sydney's north-west.
Then, at 7.17pm, the ute and boat are spotted in traffic in Drummoyne, in Sydney's inner west.
Minutes later, close to the Five Dock Bay Boat Ramp near Drummoyne, the ute is captured on a home's private security system.
Minutes later, the ute was captured on the security camera positioned at a home near Five Dock Boat Ramp in Drummoyne.
Minutes later, the ute was captured on the security camera positioned at a home near Five Dock Boat Ramp in Drummoyne. (Supplied)
Justin Stein, 31, has been charged with the murder of Charlise Mutten.
Justin Stein, 31, has been charged with the murder of Charlise Mutten. (Supplied)
Police believe the little girl was killed on January 11 or 12.
Charlise was visiting her mother for the school holidays from Queensland, where she lives, at the time of her death.
Mr Stein is due to reappear in court in March.



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