Kaydence Dawita Mills would now be five.
Kaydence Dawita Mills would now be five.

Murder, torture charges over little girl's disappearance

POLICE have charged a man and a woman with murder and torture in relation to the disappearance of Kaydence Dawita Mills who has been missing since 2016.

On Sunday police moved their search to the banks of the Condamine River at Chinchilla as a part of their ongoing investigation into Kaydence's alleged disappearance.

Investigations into Kaydence's whereabouts began late last year, when family members spoke to a guidance counsellor at the local school because they had not seen her for two years.

The school raised concerns with authorities and the police were called.

A 40-year-old Chinchilla man and a 28-year-old Chinchilla woman have both been charged with one count each of murder, interfering with a corpse and torture in relation to the disappearance.

The pair are both known to Kaydence, who was born in 2014 and would now be five.

In December, the backyard of a Chinchilla home was searched and excavated by detectives and forensic officers, however Kaydence was not located.

A cadaver dog was also used in the search.

Police at the time would not say what they were looking for, and would only confirm the search involved an ongoing child protection matter.

A section of bushland at the Chinchilla Weir has been sectioned off.
A section of bushland at the Chinchilla Weir has been sectioned off. Zoe Bell

"Investigators are searching the property and speaking to a number of persons who may be able to assist with the investigation," a police spokesman said.

Police at the dig in the Chinchilla backyard last year.
Police at the dig in the Chinchilla backyard last year.

Officers from the State Crime Command were involved in the Chinchilla investigation.

Family members have been sharing Kaydence's photograph online, hoping that someone might have information on her last whereabouts.

"No family member has seen her since about 2016 or 2017, and we're all concerned for where this little girl is," a relative said.

"If they know of anything, (we'd ask them) to ring Crime Stoppers straight away or go to their local police station.

"We just want to get out to the public that if they've seen anything, or anyone that lives in Chinchilla who might know something, to come forward."

They described Kaydence as a beautiful little girl.

The pair will appear in the Dalby Magistrates Court today.

Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000


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