5 November 2022

Police searching for young child after two bodies found in Yerrabi Pond

| Lottie Twyford
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A large-scale investigation is underway at Yerrabi Pond as police divers search for a third person. Photo: Lottie Twyford.

The bodies of a woman and a young boy have been found in Yerrabi Pond in Gungahlin early this morning and police hold grave concerns for another young child.

It’s understood the group is a family and the woman is the mother of the two children.

Police divers are now searching the pond for that third person, and a land search of the area is also ongoing.

The pond is believed to be murky and difficult to conduct a search in.

A drone will also be used to scour the area.

A large portion of the park is now shut and members of the public are being asked not to cross police tape if they see it.

The ages of the deceased boy and the missing girl have not been provided but it’s understood they are younger than 10.

ACT Policing Detective Superintendent in charge of criminal investigations Hall O’Meagher confirmed police had received a call this morning after a member of the public saw what they thought was a body in the lake.

When police attended around 8 o’clock, they found two bodies in the pond.

“The cause and manner of [these deaths] is not known at this time,” he told reporters.

“It’s very early in the investigation and inquiries are continuing.

“It’s a very tragic situation … and we are making inquiries with the family of the deceased … who are assisting us with our inquiries at this time.”

It is unknown how the bodies ended up in the lake at this time.

Police say there is currently no threat to the community at large but are urging anyone with information or who may have seen something to come forward and contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Assistance and welfare support is being provided to the numerous first responders who are on the scene and assisting in the tragic circumstances.

About 30 police personnel are involved in the operation and the State Emergency Service is also on the scene to assist.

Anyone who is distressed by this report is urged to contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or the Kids Support Helpline on 1800 55 1800.

Original Article published by Lottie Twyford on Riotact.

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