Huge search for missing nomadic woman who disappeared from Byron Bay eight months ago – while police search the same bushland in the center of Theo Hayez’s disappearance
- Thea Liddle, 42 was last seen at Mooball in Northern NSW on October 31, 2019
- Police search the bush for traces of it on makeshift campsites
- While she was known to lead a transient lifestyle, her disappearance is unusual
A nomadic woman who lived on makeshift campgrounds in the Australian bush is still missing after disappearing nine months ago
A nomadic woman who lived on makeshift campgrounds in the Australian bush is still missing after disappearing eight months ago.
Thea Liddle, 42, disappeared from Mooball in northern New South Wales on October 31 last year.
Her last known address was a country estate where she lived with a 46-year-old man.
Although she was known to lead a transient lifestyle, her disappearance led to a grand quest amid fears for her safety.
Police brought in detection dogs and rescue specialists to search the Byron Bay bushland on Tuesday.
Officers searched homeless camps where she was known in the months before her disappearance.
Thea Liddle, 42, disappeared from Mooball in northern New South Wales on Halloween last year
Police charged search dogs and rescue specialists to search the bush around Byron Bay on Tuesday
Superintendent Byron Police District, Superintendent Dave Roptell, said the search area is relatively wide due to her nomadic lifestyle.
“Thea lived a very transient lifestyle – shifted from place to place, often changed campgrounds, and chose places in remote bushland away from the public,” said Superintendent Roptell.
One of those locations was a stretch of bushland around the Youth Activity Center near Byron Bay city center.
This was the same location that the police searched in the context of investigations into the disappearance of the Belgian Backpacker Theo Hayez.
The 18-year-old backpacker was never seen again after leaving a nightclub on May 31, 2019.
Officers searched homeless camps in the bush where she was known the month before her disappearance
Police hope to uncover new evidence that could assist in investigations
Officers have cast a broad net over Thea’s possible whereabouts, including parts of bushland around Byron Bay and Northern New South Wales
The police are looking at a number of other locations on Wednesday
However, there is no evidence that the two missing persons cases are related.
He said they hope to discover new evidence that may help investigate.
“We are thoroughly searching for evidence of Thea’s presence at all of these locations,” he said.
“It was not uncommon for Thea to travel the far north coast, but it is unusual for her to go on for so long without talking to family members.”
The police are looking at a number of other locations on Wednesday.
Thea was reported missing by her family in January 2020.
Thea (photo) was reported missing in January 2020 by her family
She is known for several areas around New South Wales’ Far South Coast, including Mooball, Nimbin, and Byron Bay
She is known for several areas around New South Wales’ Far South Coast, including Mooball, Nimbin, and Byron Bay.
When she was reported, missing officers launched Strike Force Holby to investigate her disappearance.
Agents conducted a widespread search for a 200-acre site in Tweed, where she stayed in Mooball with a 46-year-old man.
But they found no sign of her.