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Residents call police on TV crew searching for fugitive mother

Police were called to a home in Clovelly, in the eastern suburbs of Sydney, after a TV crew arrived in search of fugitive mother Camilla Ellefsen.

The crew, from news magazine Today Tonight, were filming outside the property when officers were called. According to a report on Adelaide Now, they then spoke to a man in the house who confirmed that he had been in a relationship with the Norwegian woman but insisted that he not seen her or daughter Reya for “many years”.

The former singer fled to Australia with Reya in 2003 in the midst of an acrimonious custody dispute with the girl’s father, American Brozzi Lunetta, and local police have been unable to locate the pair since.

Last month, new information suggested that the Ellefsen and Reya, now 11, were living in the Sydney suburbs, prompting Lunetta to make a make a fourth visit to Australia in the hope of finally locating his daughter.

Officer Renae Zelvis told the media:

“Police spoke with the person who lived there and confirmed that he hadn’t had any contact with the lady involved and then (police) passed that message on to the American father and the camera crews.”

She added:

“I don’t think it’s any closer to the girl being found. The man said he hadn’t had any contact with the lady for many years.”

A spokesperson for Today Tonight confirmed the intervention by police:

“New South Wales police attended but never asked the crew to cease filming or leave the property.”

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