A DAD PLEADS FOR HIS GIRLS
A DEVASTATED father of two girls abducted by their mother, knows better than most the grief a person goes through when searching for missing people.
Michael Watter has been searching for his girls Bronte and Isabella, since they were taken from his home by the girls’ mother Catherine Watter in April 2014.
Police have looked all over the country for the girls, who would now be 10 and may be going by different names. There is evidence there are several people funding Mrs Watter in her attempt to hide from police, who have issued a warrant for her arrest.
Mr Watter said it was extremely difficult to think about where his girls were.
“It’s a difficult time. These weeks and events remind you of the amount of things I’ve missed out on, and it brings all of those emotions back to the surface again,” Mr Watter said.
“I appeal to those people who do know something to come forward. It’s been a long time, the girls are still being held as hostages essentially.
“They are missing out on another month, another year of a normal childhood, and they need to come home.
“We speak to police and try to prompt them to try new things, because this has been going on for so long, and it’s hard to keep running into brick walls.”
The search for missing people is a hard slog with police dedicating a large amount of resources locally and across the state.
Detective Senior Sergeant Phil Watts said the search could be difficult but new technology had helped.
“Missing persons cases always remain open until we find them. There may not be the same amount of resources as they get older, but they’re always still open.
“Information from the public is what we really rely on and we do at times have associates being untruthful with us, which does hamper it.
“There’s nothing for anyone to fear or to want to try to hide someone’s location. All we want to do is make sure they’re safe and put their family’s mind at ease.”