The body was found by New South Wales (NSW) state police on Tuesday. Remains are yet to be formally identified but are reportedly said to be “consistent” with missing nine-year-old girl Charlise Mutten.
NSW Police said a man faces court charged with murder following the discovery of the body.
This man has been identified as Justin Stein, Mutten’s stepfather.
Mutten was reported missing in the early hours of January 14.
She was last seen in an estate called Wildenstein in Mount Wilson, north-west of Sydney.
Hundreds of volunteers, along with police, homicide detectives and firefighters, took part in searches for the young girl.
These lasted for five days.
NSW Police have announced that the body of a child was located in a barrel in the vicinity of the Colo River.
They said: “The body is yet to be formally identified.
According to reports, Mutten was left in the care of Stein by her mother, Kallista, on Tuesday night last week.
He is believed to have murdered the girl shortly after this time.
The Sydney Daily Telegraph added that police will claim Stein drove around the capital for five hours with Mutten’s body in the back of a boat he was toeing while he decided what to do with her.
Police currently have no reason to believe Stein had any accomplices.
Mutten’s mother, Kallista, is engaged to Stein.
She is currently reported to be under guard in hospital.