Fears held for missing Wollongong girl

By Jodie Minus
Updated November 5 2012 - 7:41am, first published October 4 2008 - 11:27pm
Missing Wollongong girl Tia Marie Hammond.

Police are searching for a 10-year-old Bellambi girl who went missing on Saturday from a house in Wollongong.Tia Marie Hammond was last seen playing with her 12-year-old brother in the front garden of a family friend's house on Corrimal St.At about 8.30am, Tia's mother looked out the window to check on the children but was told by her son that Tia had ridden off on her pushbike.The mother hoped Tia would return home but after she failed to do so yesterday, she contacted police, said Wollongong police duty officer Inspector Mark Lavers.Insp Lavers said two young girls said they saw Tia and another woman getting into a taxi on her street - Waley Ave, Bellambi - between 7pm and 8.30pm on Saturday, but he said this sighting was unconfirmed."At this stage we are reviewing CCTV footage from the (Crown St) mall," Insp Lavers said."It could have been that she has been caught on CCTV, and we will also check her usual hang-outs, particularly the (Wollongong) youth centre."Tia is described as being of Aboriginal appearance, 150cm tall with a solid build and wavy shoulder-length brown hair.She was last seen wearing a blue adidas jacket with three white stripes down the front, black Nike shorts and black and white slip-on shoes.Police are concerned for her welfare and urge anyone who has any information on Tia's whereabouts to contact Wollongong police on 4226 7899 or CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.