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Three found, but woman missing after Ootha domestic incident

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The house was burnt down after two armed men allegedly stormed the property and assaulted a man inside. Photo: ABC
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Three of the four people who went missing after a domestic incident in Ootha, in central-west New South Wales, have been found.

A 71-year-old woman and two boys, 11 and 14, were dropped off on Putty Road in Sydney’s north-west about 7.15pm.

Police have serious concerns for the safety of the second woman, 41, who they currently believe to be with a man.

Two other men have been arrested near Sackville and taken to Windsor police station.

NSW Police said this morning two men armed with a shotgun, a knife and an axe assaulted a man in a home on Henry Parkes Way, Ootha and knocked him unconscious.

When the 68-year-old regained consciousness, the house had been destroyed by fire and he could not locate the other four occupants.

Police are searching for a man who they believe was in a relationship with the 41-year-old woman.

Chief Inspector David Cooper, from Parkes Police, said the house was “well alight” when emergency services arrived at the property after 11am.

“Police located a male a short distance away who appeared to have sustained some injuries as a result of an assault,” he said.

Police are searching for the four missing people, saying there is serious concern for their welfare.

Police say anyone who sees the green Toyota Landcruiser Prado (CD98XE) should call triple-0.

Authorities are on the lookout for a 1998 green Toyota 4WD, with NSW registration CD98XE, which was seen at the property.

“There is a vehicle of a interest, a green troop carrier-type vehicle, which we believe may be connected with this matter,” Chief Inspector Cooper said.

“There’s currently a ‘Keep A Look Out For’ across the state for that vehicle and [we are] hoping that the occupants of that vehicle may be able to assist us with [our] inquiries.”

It is believed the two men had travelled to the Hunter region or the Central Coast.

Police urged people to not approach the vehicle or the men, but contact triple-0 immediately.

The man who was assaulted in the house has been airlifted to Orange Base Hospital in a critical condition.