Charlotte Foster

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Wed, 19 Jan, 2022

“Devastated”: More details released on Charlise Mutten as community mourns

“Devastated”: More details released on Charlise Mutten as community mourns

The Gold Coast community is in mourning following the death of nine-year-old Charlise Mutten, who was allegedly murdered while staying in NSW's Blue Mountains on a family holiday.

Charlise lived with her grandmother in the border town of Coolangatta, and attended the nearby Tweed Heads Public School.

The school's Facebook page posted a tribute to Charlise, saying the school community is "absolutely devastated" to hear of her passing.

The statement said, "Charlise was a much loved member of our school who brightened all our days, every day."

Floral tributes have begun to appear near the school, where Charlise was due to return next week after the holidays.

The school has also organised a candlelight vigil on the school grounds to honour the nine-year-old, as police continue their investigation into her death.

A man was arrested in relation to Charlise's disappearance on Tuesday night, and is due to appear in court late on Wednesday afternoon.

The partner of Charlise's mother Kallista Mutten was arrested in Sydney's Surry Hills, after police found the body of a child was found in a barrel near the Colo River, about an hour from the Blue Mountains.

The child's body has yet to be formally identified, but NSW Police say the remains are consistent with Charlise Mutten.

Image credits: Facebook / NSW Police