Isabella and Bronte WATTER
Born: 4 January 2007
Hair: Light brown shoulder-length
Weight: 21 kg
Born: 4 January 2007
Hair: Light brown bob-cut
Weight: 23 kg
Catherine Lee Watter (Commonly known as Cassie)
Born: 3 October 1972
Hair: Dark brown
Weight: approximately 90kg
||Isabella and Bronte WATTER (non-identical twins)
|Year of Birth:
||Light brown shoulder length
||95 to 100cm
|Circumstances: (insert a brief history)
||Isabella and Bronte are believed to be in company with Cassie
WATTER, described as Caucasian, about 163cm tall, weighing about 90kg,
with dark brown hair. She sometimes has a red molar facial rash. Their
suspected abduction is unlawful and in breach of Family Court orders.
There are concerns as to the whereabouts of Cassie, Isabella and Bronte
and anyone with any information about them is asked to immediately
contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.
Missing Mum still on the run
Fugitive mother of two, Cassie Watter, remains on the run more than a week
after she is believed to have abducted her twin daughters from their Townsville
primary school. By now, she could quite literally be anywhere in Australia.
The suspected abduction is unlawful and in breach of Family Court orders
which Ms Watter consented to and asked the Court to make less than a year ago.
It is inevitable that someone has seen the trio in their travels, and may
even know their present whereabouts. Any assistance knowingly provided to a
criminal to avoid punishment is itself a serious crime.
The girls are non-identical twins - Bronte Watter and Isabella Watter (DOB
4 January 2007).
They were last seen at about 8.40am on Friday 4 April at the Hermit Park
Primary School at Townsville, Queensland. Their father is deeply concerned and
desperately seeking public help.
Cassie (Catherine Lee) Watter is 41-years-old (DOB 3 October 1972) and
described as Caucasian, about 163cm tall, weighing about 90kg, with dark brown
hair. She sometimes has a red molar facial rash.
Bronte Watter has light brown bob-cut hair, blue eyes, 100cm in height and
weighs about 23kg. Isabella Watter is described as having light brown
should-length hair, blue eyes, 95cm in height and weighs about 21kg.
This media release is prepared with the assistance of Dillon Lawyers,
representing the father, and is subject to a publication order made by the
Family Court on 10 April 2014. This complies with the requirements of the
section 121 publication order under the Family Law Act 1975.
Anyone with any information about the whereabouts of Bronte Watter and
Isabella Watter should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000
Information provided to Crimestoppers can be made anonymously
Grandparents appeal to daughter to
CHANNON COURT REPORTER
- Townsville Bulletin
April 11, 2014
THE grandparents of two missing girls believed to have been
kidnapped by their fugitive mother, have denied helping them disappear.
Arthur and Heather Doubleday said they were concerned for their
daughter Catherine “Cassie” Watter’s welfare, along with their two
granddaughters, after the trio disappeared last Friday.
“We have nothing whatsoever (to do with the disappearance),” Mr
Doubleday told the Townsville Bulletin.
“I have no idea at all where she (Cassie) is, which way she’s gone or
where she is, but she should return immediately.
“I have no idea if she’s in Queensland, but I hope she’s still in
The twin sisters, aged seven, were last seen at Hermit Park Primary
School about 8.30am last Friday, after they were dropped off by their father
Michael Watter, who has custody.
Cassie is believed to have taken them and is thought to have been on
the run since.
Mr and Mrs Doubleday said it had been a traumatic time since they were
told her daughter had run away.
“It’s tragic ... we can’t do anything,” Mr Doubleday said.
“She’s committed a pretty serious offence.”
Mr Doubleday said he didn’t have access to Cassie’s bank account and
couldn’t say whether there had been any withdrawals made.
“I don’t even know what bank she’s with,” he said.
One day after finding out about their daughter’s disappearance, Mr and
Mrs Doubleday loaned her car to Cassie’s roommate.
Mr Doubleday denied the car loan was hasty.
“She’s been very good to Cassie,” he said.
“She mows the lawns and does the washing and pays a fair bit for rent.
“She doesn’t have any transport. I loaned her a pushbike and said,
‘Look the car’s here, you can have it,’ and she said, ‘No, no, no,’ and I
said, ‘No, we’ve got two cars’.
“I said, ‘I don’t know if there is any hire purchase or not. If there
is you can make payments until she comes back’.’’
The pair reached out to their daughter, appealing with her to return
home safe with the children.
“Isabella and Bronte, we’re looking forward to you coming home to look
after your chooks and dogs and budgerigars,” Mr Doubleday said.
“Cassie: problems can be solved.”
Police are appealing for any information to help track the trio down.
mother Cassie Watter tracked to northern Brisbane
THREE weeks ago, on a Sunday in early January, Queensland twins
Isabella and Bronte Watter turned eight years old.
It’s unlikely they would have had a party or welcomed friends carrying
brightly wrapped presents at a house decorated with balloons and streamers.
They wouldn’t have gone to a park or a restaurant. A beach or a
playground. They wouldn’t have ridden their new bicycles through the
neighbourhood, screeching with delight.
What they did do is a mystery, because nobody knows where they are.
Isabella and Bronte’s father Michael believes his girls are being held
captive by their mother Cassie, caught up in a bitter and complex custody
dispute. They’ve not been spotted for nearly a year now and because nobody
has seen them, he believes they are being kept in captivity.
“There have been no sightings whatsoever,” Michael father said.
“How much longer is this going to go on? Even if they are hidden away
on some property in the middle of nowhere, living in a homestead, even
that’s like keeping them on some sort of prison farm.
“There are no friends, teachers, no sport. None of the normal things
that help people grow up into healthy, well-rounded individuals.”
The Townsville father was awarded full custody of his daughters in
2011 amid claims by his ex-wife the children were being abused.
Authorities and police investigated the allegations but found evidence
the girls were being coached by their mother.
On April 4, Michael dropped his girls off at the school gate and
watched as they walked away.
“I dropped them off and was watching them walk up to the school gates,
together with other kids all around them,” he said.
“That was the last I heard or saw of them. About 3pm, I walked through
into the school grounds and one of their little friends said: ‘Where was
Isabella today? She wasn’t at school’.
“I was puzzled by that. I walked up towards the classroom and the
teacher came out on the balcony and saw me. She had this look on her face,
like she was pretty shocked to see me there.”
Cassie Watter’s car was found abandoned in a nearby park, the girls’
bags and school uniforms inside.
Michael has spent the past 10 months searching for them. He gives
media interviews, hangs posters and runs a Facebook page.
His efforts are frustrated by people not wanting to share the online
missing persons alert — issued by police and the Family Court — because they
“don’t know both sides”.
One woman said she was suspicious of him because he looked “too happy”
on his Facebook page.
He replied: “In my experience, people tend not to post negative things
about themselves on FB. I haven’t posted ‘sat on the shower floor crying
because I miss my girls’, just as you probably won’t post ‘made an arse of
myself on FB today with a series of increasingly ridiculous posts on a
matter I really know nothing about’.”
Michael also hears regularly from Cassie’s supporters, who send long
emails to his associates — and media outlets — accusing him of abusing his
“I hold no concerns with the people trying to damage my name,” Michael
“They only spur me on. They make me want to keep going because I know
these are the type of people who identify with the mother and her actions.”
Have you seen Isabella or Bronte? Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.