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Police to sweep NSW bush for Quanne's body

AAP logoAAP 22/11/2016 Anna Hitchings

Quanne Diec's alleged killer has taken police to thick NSW bushland as they search for her remains 18 years after her disappearance.

Vinzent Tarantino, charged with the 12-year-old's murder earlier in the week, led police to an area of dense bush in Bulli Tops, near Wollongong, on Wednesday.

Handcuffed and dressed in prison greens, the 49-year-old led detectives through thick bush, while forensics still look for clues at his old Sydney home.

"He has shown us a number of locations, all of which are very thick dense bushland," Superintendent Scott Whyte told reporters.

"The locations that we've been to today, there's a possibility that we'll locate Quanne's remains."

Police say the search will be difficult because of the density of the bushland but that investigators' determination won't be dimmed.

"It's our number one priority to bring Quanne home to her parents," Supt Whyte said.

"Obviously we're dealing with an issue that is 18 years old and there have been significant environmental factors that impact on our ability to search the area."

Supt Whyte did not say whether Tarantino would be brought back to assist the search.

Quanne was abducted a few hundred metres from her Granville home as she made her way to school on the morning of Monday, July 27, 1998.

Tarantino, who changed his name from Victor Gerada, is alleged to have kidnapped the girl with the intent to hold her for ransom before causing Quanne "a substantial injury" that ended her young life.

He was charged with murder after walking into Surry Hills police station on Sunday and remains in custody.

A search of the Gerada family home, footsteps from Granville's Australia Post depot where Quanne was last seen, has been underway since Monday and is expected to wrap up by Wednesday evening.

Supt Whyte said it had been an emotional time for the Diec family.

"It's very difficult for them at the moment. They've had a lot of confronting news over the past couple of days."

The search for Quanne's body is expected to take several more days, if not weeks, as police cover a large swathe of bushland.

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