Police appeal for help after mysterious death of girl, 12, at Gold Coast home

·News Reporter
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Police are asking for help to "fill the gaps" in an investigation into the sudden death of a 12-year-old girl at her Gold Coast home.

Police were called to the Bellagio Crescent residence in Coomera at around 8pm on Monday April 18, after Tiffani Scholten was found unresponsive.

Emergency services attended but the young girl was declared deceased.

A photo of Tiffani Scholten from Facebook in 2014. She died in April this year, aged 12, under mysterious circumstances. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin
A photo of Tiffani Scholten from Facebook in 2014. She died in April this year, aged 12, under mysterious circumstances. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin

Tiffani suffered from a number of health conditions which according to The Courier Mail included the rare genetic neurological and developmental disorder, Rett syndrome.

However in the early stages of the investigation police found no obvious cause of death.

According to Gold Coast District Vulnerable Persons Group Detective Senior Sergeant, Greg Aubort, who spoke at a press conference on Wednesday morning, police are "still awaiting on final results from the pathology" into the cause of death.

Police appealing for information

Due to the need for more evidence into what happened, Sen Sgt Aubort said police are looking for "direct eye-witnesses" between December 2021 and April this year "to establish a timeline into the events leading up" to the death.

Gold Coast detectives are asking people to come forward who may have seen Tiffani between that time period or anyone, including children, who may have visited the Bellagio Crescent home or had interactions with the family over the past two years.

Police are appealing for more information into Tiffani Scholten's sudden death at her Queensland home in Coomera. Source: 7 News
Police are appealing for more information into Tiffani Scholten's sudden death at her Queensland home in Coomera. Source: 7 News

"It is necessary to understand the death of young Tiffani," Sen Sgt Aubort said at the conference.

"With any death it's important for us to leave no stone unturned, and understand all the available information.

"Every parent has a duty of care for a child in their charge — that’s certainly something we are looking at."

He said Tiffani's parents have been cooperating with police and that it's also "a difficult circumstance for the family".

He also confirmed in the conference police had never previously visited the home for Tiffani.

While Sen Sgt Aubort acknowledged Tiffani had suffered from medical conditions, he said it is important to "separate the medical conditions (she) was suffering from and any other possible factors that led to her death".

He also said police are "in consultation with paediatric specialists" throughout the investigation.

Anyone who wants to come forward with information can do so contacting Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form.

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