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Jack Evans Boat Harbour, Tweed Heads. Photo designerdecks.com.au

A major police operation will be conducted at Tweed Heads today as inquiries continue into the death of a nine-month-old girl, whose body was located on a Gold Coast beach last week.

About 12.30am (Queensland time) last Monday (November 19), emergency services were called to Staghorn Avenue and the Esplanade, Surfers Paradise, after a nine-month-old girl was found dead near the edge of the surf.

An investigation was launched by Queensland Police Service, with inquiries revealing it is likely the baby died in NSW.

The investigation is now being led by NSW Police Force’s Homicide Squad under Strike Force Palua.

As part of the ongoing investigation, NSW Police Force will conduct a major land and water operation at Tweed Heads from 9am today (Monday November 26).

Strike Force Palua detectives and officers from Tweed/Byron Police District will be stationed at Jack Evans Harbour in a mobile command bus to speak with the community and potential witnesses.

Investigators are keen to speak with anyone who was in the area during the evening of Saturday November 17 and who saw or heard anything suspicious.

Officers from the Marine Area Command will search the Tweed River and outlying foreshores and will be assisted by police divers, who are continuing to conduct dives in line with tidal and current flows on the day of the incident.

Search experts from the Public Order and Riot Squad will conduct extensive line searches around Jack Evans Harbour, Cunningham Park, and foreshores of the Tweed River.

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