Woman missing for 10 days set out for remote Queensland town on foot
An air search for a north Queensland woman last seen more than a week ago has been called off, but police divers from Brisbane will search dams in the region.
The 23-year-old Kowanyama woman, whose name has not been publicly disclosed, disappeared after leaving a residence at Archer River near Coen - a small inland town on the main road heading up the Cape York Peninsula.
It is believed the woman left the Archer River residence on Sunday, February 10 on foot with the intention of making her way back to the town Kowanyama on the opposite side of the peninsula near the Gulf of Carpentaria.
An extensive air and land search began last Thursday, with State Emergency Service volunteers scouring an area of about 800 square kilometres, including the area around a quarry.
Police divers have been called in to search a number of dams and waterways in the region.
‘‘We certainly have concerns for her welfare,’’ Inspector Mark Jackson told ABC Radio.
‘‘We'll keep searching until we're satisfied we've done all we can to find her.’’
Authorities believe the woman would have a strong chance of survival if she was able to find food, as the weather has not been particularly harsh in the region.
Police from the Weipa Criminal Investigation Branch are also involved in the search.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au.