Aboriginal elder leads police to body -- but wrong one

SYDNEY Fri Aug 13, 2010 1:34am EDT

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SYDNEY (Reuters Life!) - An Aboriginal elder who claimed to have seen the location of a missing child in a dream has led Australian police to a body -- but it was not the corpse of a child but of an adult woman.

Police believe the dismembered torso found wrapped in plastic at the Nurragingy Reserve at Doonside in western Sydney, a sacred Aboriginal site, is that of a Sydney woman who was reported missing in June. The search is continuing for six-year-old Kiesha Abrahams from Mount Druitt in Sydney whose mysterious disappearance from her bedroom almost two weeks ago has become nationwide news.

Detective Chief Inspector Pamela Young from the homicide squad said the body was yet to be officially identified but acknowledged the circumstances under which the body were found late Wednesday were unusual.

"For those who believe in such things, I understand that the woman thinks that she might have some powers along that (psychic) line," Young told reporters.

"I have certain strong feelings about people who claim they are psychic. I don't think it will help if we enter a discussion on that."

Cheryl Carroll-Lagerwey, the Aboriginal elder, said she was not psychic but had a third sense that she could lead police to the body of Kiesha Abrahams.

"I can't explain this," she told local media. "I had a dream about a little girl being murdered and that her body was about here."

(Reporting by Travis Brecher of Reuters Television, Editing by Belinda Goldsmith)

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