Police to search near Tiahleigh Palmer’s school for clues

Police and SES crews will search around Marsden State High School today as they continue to hunt for clues in the suspected murder of 12-year-old Tiahleigh Palmer.

Officers are yet to find the young girl’s backpack and school uniform she was wearing when she was last seen on October 30.

Tiahleigh was last seen alive when her foster carer dropped her off at school that morning.


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Her body was found on the banks of the Pimpama River six days later.

Police divers and SES crews thoroughly searched the river yesterday in hope of finding some answers, although it’s understood their search failed to turn up any leads.

Detective Inspector Dave Hutchinson admits key elements of the investigation remain unclear despite a team of at least 60 detectives working on the case.

“We don’t know what happened to Tia,” Det Insp Hutchinson said at a press conference on Tuesday.

“We just don’t know.”

Mr Hutchinson denied reports that Tiahleigh’s Facebook page had been deactivated after she disappeared.

He also said interviews with her classmates had provided some leads but also a number of inconsistencies.

What detectives do know is she was at the school between 8.10am and 8.20am on October 30.

But where she went and if she met anyone after that remains unclear, as does the cause of her death and how her body wound up in the Pimpama River, 30km from her school.

“The focus of our investigation is still very much to identify Tia’s movements on the day,” Mr Hutchinson said.

“We have no suspect at this stage.”

Police are once again appealing for help to locate Tiahleigh’s purple Mambo-branded backpack and her school uniform.

They are also asking anyone with dashcam footage from near her school, particularly along Chambers Flat Road on the morning of her disappearance, to come forward.

People who used the Pimpama River, particularly near a bridge on Kerkin Road North, in the past week are also asked to contact police.

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