UPDATE: POLICE have recovered a man’s body from a dam on the New South Wales farm where a woman and her three children were shot dead yesterday.
The bodies of 41-year-old Kim Hunt, and her three children – 10-year-old Fletcher, eight-year-old Mia and Phoebe, six – were found shot dead at their farmhouse 80km west of Wagga Wagga around 3pm on Tuesday.
Police spent the hours following desperately searching the rural Riverina property for the woman’s husband and father of the three children, 44-year-old Geoff Hunt.
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Specialist divers located his body and a firearm in the dam just before 2.30pm.
WEDNESDAY MORNING: POLICE are still desperately trying to find the husband and father of a woman and three young children who were found shot dead in a New South Wales farmhouse on Tuesday afternoon in a tragedy that has sent shock waves right across the country.
Police were called to the rural property on Lockhart-Boree Creek Road, about 80km west of Wagga Wagga in the Riverina district, around 3pm where, inside the house officers located the bodies of three children aged under 10.
The body of a woman was located on a path at the rear of the house. Police said they appeared to have all suffered gunshot wounds.
While the bodies are yet to be formally identified, they are reported to be 41-year-old woman, Kim Hunt, and her three children – 10-year-old Fletcher, eight-year-old Mia and Phoebe, six.
Police are desperately trying to find 44-year-old Geoff Hunt, Kim’s husband and the father of the three children, who remains unaccounted for.
He’s described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 193cm tall, with a medium and athletic build, short brown hair, and a clean-shaven face.
A strike force has been established to investigate the deaths with two crime scenes established at the property; one at the homestead and the other near a dam where an unattended white utility was found.
Police divers will spend today searching the dam and other waterways on the property.
TUESDAY NIGHT: POLICE have confirmed they are searching a New South Wales farm for a father aged in his 40s after a woman and three children were found shot dead inside their farmhouse west of Wagga Wagga.
Police say they attended the rural property on Lockhart/Boree Creek Road around 3pm where they found the bodies of a woman and three children inside a house.
While the victims have not yet been formally identified, police say they are believed to be a woman aged in her 40s, two girls and a boy all aged under 10.
A crime scene has been established at the property which will be examined by specialist police throughout the night.
“While a post mortem will be conducted to formally establish the cause of their deaths, they are believed to have all suffered gunshot wounds,” a police spokesperson said.
Police have grave concerns for a man aged in his 40s, believed to be the father, who remains unaccounted for and say a search of the property is still being conducted.
FIRST REPORT: THERE is tragic news coming out of New South Wales this evening after a woman and three children were found shot dead at a rural farmhouse.
Emergency services rushed to Boree Creek property, around 80 kilometres west of the Riverina City of Wagga Wagga, around 3pm this afternoon where they located the bodies of four people, including three children under the age of 10.
Superintendent Bob Noble of the Wagga Wagga Local Area Comman told The Daily Advertiser newspaper that it appeared the victims had suffered gunshot wounds.
It’s understood police are now searching for a man believed to have also lived at the property.
There is no further information available at this stage.