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Qld dad's plea for info on abducted girls

AAP logoAAP 16/12/2016 Stuart Layt

A Queensland father facing the prospect of a third straight Christmas without his twin daughters has issued a renewed national appeal for information on their whereabouts.

Bronte and Isabella Watter were abducted by their mother Catherine Watter, 42, from their school in Townsville in April 2014.

Police have generated images of what the girls, now 9, would look like today, and their father Michael Watter is urging anyone with information on their whereabouts to contact police.

"It's been nearly three years since my heart stopped beating, the day I found out they'd been taken," Michael said.

"I'm hoping that by being here today and getting these pictures out to the public my heart can start beating again."

It's been more than two and a half years since the girls were abducted, and police hold concerns for their welfare.

Mr Watter said he doesn't believe any harm has come to the girls because his estranged wife's relatives aren't acting like anything is wrong.

"There's people who were supporting her (Catherine) in the lead-up to the abduction who aren't particularly concerned about her now, so they must know she's okay and not truly missing."

The girls' abduction was the culmination of a long and bitter custody dispute between the couple, following claims the girls were being abused.

A police investigation found the girls were being coached by their mother, and Mr Watter was awarded full custody in 2011

Mrs Watter's phone was found in Strathpine north of Brisbane shortly after the girls were abducted; however there's been no sign of her or the girls since.

Mr Watter said they're asking people across Australia to speak up if they see his Bronte and Isabella

"We're relying on public to be the eye and ears for police. If you think you know something and think 'it's none of my business', make it your business," he said.

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