Grave fears as girl, 5, and mother missing for 48 hours

·News Reporter
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A five-year-old girl has been reported missing in the Northern Territory.

Grace Hughes hasn’t been since Sunday afternoon when she had a parental visit from her 34-year-old mother Laura Hinks in Darwin.

Police say the pair left a property on Hidden Valley Road in Berrimah around 1pm.

No one has heard from them since.

Grace Hughes (left) and Laura Hinks and Grace Hughes (right)
Police are appealing for information after five-year-old Grace Hughes disappeared with her mother Laura Hinks on Sunday afternoon. Source: Northern Territory Police

Grace is described as having a fair complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.

At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing a short-sleeved white dress, white socks and black sneakers.

Ms Hinks is described as having a slim build with a fair complexion, dark hair and eyes.

She was last seen wearing a white and green floral patterned ankle length dress or skirt, with a white or cream long-sleeved shirt over the top.

“Ms Hinks’ last known address was in Moulden,” Detective Senior Sergeant Jon Beer said.

“But she no longer appears to be living there.”

Northern Territory police are urging anyone with information on the whereabouts of Grace or her mother to get in touch immediately.

They can call 131 444 and quote the reference number 10082521.

Missing family found in Aussie outback

The pair's disappearance comes as police confirm a mother, her two children and their grandmother who were reported missing on a road trip through Australia's eastern states have been found.

Darian Aspinall, 27, her children Winter Bellamy, 2, and Koda Bellamy, 4, and their grandmother, Leah Gooding, 50, left a hotel in Noccundra in South West Queensland on Sunday.

Darian Aspinall with her two children
Darian Aspinall was on a road trip to Adelaide with her two children and their grandmother. Source: NSW Police

They were due at their accommodation in Packsaddle in Far West NSW but never arrived.

The family were found on Tuesday afternoon after a helicopter spotted their vehicle on an off-road track about 50km southeast of Tibooburra.

Paramedics assessed each family member before they were taken via helicopter to Tibooburra for further care.

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