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The Northern Territory news Fri 23 Oct 2015



The Northern Territory news Fri 23 Oct 2015

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04 NEWS FRIDAY OCTOBER 23 2015 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 WHILE Alice Springs struggles to come to grips with the shocking double-murder of a young mum and her daughter, one of Karlie Pearce-Stevensons school friends paid tribute to a girl who was always laughing. Samantha Camwell Devlin went to Alice Springs High School with Karlie and told the NT News shed always had a soft spot for her. We were similar in a lot of ways, I understood her friend hopping and people pleasing because we were always just trying to find our place in high school, she said. Karlie was energetic, fun and always laughing. I vaguely remember her being a real stirrer with the teachers and the boys, she had a very cheeky sense of humour. The 26-year-old, who only recently moved to South Australia from Alice Springs, said she was devastated when she learned of her friends fate. It was revealed on Wednesday that the skeleton of a young woman found in the Belanglo State Forest in 2010 and the bones of a young girl found in a suitcase in South Australia in July this year were the Alice Springs mother and daughter. I just immediately raised my hand to my mouth because Convict among list of suspects A MAN serving time in a NSW jail is one of several suspects in the disappearance and murder of Alice Springs mother and daughter Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce. A day after police revealed the identities of the pair a two-year old found in a suitcase near Wynarka in South Australia in July and her 20year-old mother found in Belanglo State Forest in 2010 investigators are looking into the movements of the man who is understood to be awaiting sentence on unrelated charges. A police source confirmed the man was being looked into while officially police said they were keeping an open mind. The source said dumping Ms Pearce-Stevensons body, which was found by trail bike riders in August, 2010, in Belanglo State Forest, was most likely a deliberate ploy to point the finger at Backpacker Murderer Ivan Milat. Police are trying to find the car the pair were travelling in when they disappeared, with phone records and bank records being checked since their bodies were identified. The focus of the inquiry is how Ms Pearce-Stevenson ended up in the Belanglo State Forest and her daughter in South Australia, after the pair were last seen when they were pulled over by police on the Stuart Highway near Coober Pedy in November 2008. Police on Wednesday released the name of the mother, whose remains were found in NSW in 2010, and her twoyear-old girl Khandalyce Pearce-Stevenson, whose remains were found dumped with a suitcase in South Australia in July. Funds flood in as family appeals for help to lay Angels to rest LESS than 24 hours after the family of murdered Alice Springs mother Karlie PearceStevenson and her daughter Khandalyce Pearce started an online appeal to help bring their bodies home, the $5000 target has been met. One of Karlies aunts posted on Facebook yesterday: The family of Karlie and Khandalyce would like to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your generous donations and for sharing our campaign so publicly. With your help this campaign was brought to peoples attention and we have now been offered some assistance from local government with costs and together with the funds raised we should now have enough to bring our an gels home and give the funeral and goodbyes they deserve! All funds will be used to lay these angels to rest, provide them with a beautiful service and to cover the costs of the memorials, headstones and other funeral related costs. The appeal was started on Wednesday on crowd funding site Oz Crowd and was titled Please help lay Belanglo Angel (Karlie Jade Stevenson) and Wynarka Suitcase Angel (Khandalyce Pearce) to rest with family in Alice Springs. Karlie greatly missed The spot in South Australia where Khandalyces body was found Picture: TONY GOUGH my mouth dropped open and I just couldnt believe it, she said. I started to shake and cry and I feel so terrible for whatever has happened to her, I feel terrible for her family, its just so sad. The pair played in the same netball team and it was through netball that Karlie earnt the nickname Mouse. We called her Mouse because she was small and really quick, she said. Her mum (Colleen Povey) was our coach in under-17s, she was great. Ms Povey died in 2012, aged 44, still believing her daughter and granddaughter were safe and living interstate. Ms Camwell Devlin said shed seen Karlie a few times after they had left school and knew she was pregnant but never got to meet little Khandalyce. No one had heard from her in so long that all we have is our memories of being teenagers together, she said. Whenever I think about Karlie Ill just always picture her with a ponytail, pulled back tight, her signature black eyeliner and a huge smile. Karlie still has family in Alice Springs: her stepbrother and stepfather, along with other extended family including her aunt and cousins. Alice Springs Town Councillor Chansey Paech said he knew Karlie and her family. Devastating news like this has a big impact on the community, he said. There are various groups organising wonderful forums to talk about the tragic loss of a young life. 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