LEONIE HUTCHINSONDETECTIVES investigating the disappearance of Scone toddler Leonie Hutchinson suspected the two-year-old was dead when they discovered writings from her mother wishing the child happy memories, an inquest heard today.
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Detective Sergeant Mick Morrall told Muswellbrook Coroners Court that he immediately suspected the worst after a search warrant on mother Kate Hutchinson’s property uncovered the note in 2004.

It read: Have good memories, my angel. I love you. 2001.

”It indicated to me Leonie may be deceased,” Sergeant Morrall said.

”She was referring to memories, my angel, as if she was in heaven.”

Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon has heard Leonie had not been seen by anyone since August 2001 although authorities were not made aware of her disappearance for more than two years.

Ms Hutchinson has given differing versions of Leonie’s whereabouts, including staying at properties across the state, but no trace has ever been found of the toddler.

The inquest also heard a television interview where Ms Hutchinson said Leonie was with lifelong, wealthy family friends, but would not give out details of who they were.

Two mental health nurses have also given evidence this morning that an assessment of Ms Hutchinson and Leonie about a year before the toddler was last seen did not show any signs of trouble, that the mother was not coping or that she was suffering from a mental illness.

The inquest continues.

Yesterday’s coverage:

Inquest hears of witches, adoption and ‘angel’ note