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09/10/2010 – SES Volunteers Assist Police

Police probing the mystery disappearance of Iveta Mitchell today searched bushland near Kwinana, just days after declaring they believed she had been murdered.  Sixty SES volunteers combed 100ha of bushland near a quarry off Thomas Rd as police stepped up the hunt for the Parmelia mother’s killer.  Detective Sergeant Paul Robinson, from the Major Crime Squad, said police were sifting through “hundreds and hundreds of pieces of information” and had mounted the search after a fresh tip-off.  The area has not been scoured previously but a nearby tip and quarry have been searched.

“We’re looking for anything that might help us determine what has happened to Iveta and that does include, unfortunately, human remains,” Det-Sgt Robinson said.  “The investigation has led us to believe that Iveta Mitchell has met with foul play.  “Due to the operational reasons of the investigation, I can’t go into why we believe that at this point in time but, with the thorough investigation that is being done and by speaking to numerous people, we do believe that something sinister has happened to Iveta Mitchell.”  On Thursday, police declared the case had been upgraded from a missing persons inquiry to a homicide investigation.

Asked how Mrs Mitchell’s husband Chad was coping with news that the missing persons investigation had been upgraded to homicide inquiry, Det-Sgt Robinson said: “It’s obviously a shock for the family. It’s probably something they didn’t want to have to come to terms with but the reality is … we are aware of all of the facts and he understands why we have upgraded it.  “Detectives and forensic officers have searched the family’s Parmelia home several times since Mrs Mitchell’s disappearance in early May, seizing her Falcon sedan and her husband’s work ute.  Searches of the quarry where Mr Mitchell had worked around the time of his wife’s disappearance have also been conducted.

Mr Mitchell, who is facing charges relating to a stolen jet ski, has previously claimed that police viewed him as the “number one person” in the investigation, but he has vigorously denied any involvement in his wife’s disappearance.  Police became gravely concerned for Mrs Mitchell’s safety when she did not make contact with her children on Mother’s Day.  Several days after her disappearance, Mrs Mitchell’s wedding and engagement rings were reportedly found on the front doorstep of the family’s home.

Mrs Mitchell is about 165cm tall, with a slim build, brown shoulder-length hair with light streaks, brown eyes and an olive complexion. She has a tattoo of a tiger on the left hand side of her back.  Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.