Queensland Police on Monday announced they had scaled down searches to 19-year-old Tea Wright-Finger (pictured), who was last seen on October 16 by a friend in Richmond, far north-west Queensland.
Police have been forced to ‘downscale’ frenetic searches to find a teenage girl who disappeared in a stolen car nearly three weeks ago in the outback.
Queensland Police and SES volunteers conducted extensive land and air searches for Tea Wright-Finger, 16, hundreds of miles after she went missing in Richmond, in far northwestern Queensland, on Oct. 16.
Tea or a blue Toyota Prado 4WD to which she is attached has not been seen since, with the teen posting a series of disturbing TikTok videos in the months leading up to her disappearance.
Last week, police revealed that the Prado had been reported missing and stolen in the town of Proserpine two days before she disappeared.
“The Prado, which is associated with Tea and which Tea was last seen in the vicinity, is a stolen vehicle,” Detective Inspector Damien Crosby said on Thursday.
“The Prado was stolen as a result of a fraud-related crime.”
In a shocking TikTok video posted last year, Tea showed her bloodied face and warned, “Always take risks in life, you never know when it will end.”
In one of the clips, she can be seen sad and emotional, sobbing uncontrollably with blood smeared over her nose, face and hand.
In one of the clips she can be seen sad and emotional, sobbing uncontrollably with blood smeared over her nose, face and hand (pictured)
Thee Wright-Finger (pictured), 19, has not been seen or heard from in nearly three weeks after she was dropped off on October 16 by a friend in Richmond in far northwest Queensland
It’s part of a montage of clips and selfies in which the young cattle station worker shows her smashed face and later bruises as the wounds slowly heal.
One of the teen’s most recent posts was on her 19th birthday, in which she detailed the lessons she’d learned in life so far, including the ominous warning, “It’s okay to feel lost sometimes.”
“Always take risks in life, you never know when it will end,” she says in the clip.
“You always have to work hard to get what you want, no one will give it to you. If people want you in their lives, they will make time for you.’
Another TikTok video posted before Tea disappeared revealed her pain and anguish at the loss of a loved one in a touching tribute video.
She combined clips of the young man joking with friends and an apparent memorial service where friends and families released balloons in his memory.
The teen posted a series of TikTok videos that give a glimpse into her past, including one in which she revealed the “life lessons” she learned over her 19 years (pictured)
Tracy Wright (left) prays that her daughter Tea (right) will be found alive and well
Thee captioned the heartbreaking clip, posted in May, “It’s been a year since you grew your wings and left us” and the label #mentalhealthawareness.
In her latest TikTok video — posted less than a fortnight before she went missing — she told followers, “I’m not feeling well, I want to go home.”
The video — featuring photos of the missing woman and rural outback scenes — has since been inundated with comments from concerned friends.
Her mother Tracy Wright said police tracked her cell phone and discovered it was briefly switched on Oct. 18 in the Flinders River area.
She said her daughter couldn’t access her bank account and her phone went straight to voicemail since last Wednesday, Oct. 19.
Tea’s mother last week thanked everyone involved in the search and says she prays her daughter will be found safe and sound.
The blue Toyota Prado 4WD the cattle station employee was driving (pictured) was reported missing two days before the teen disappeared
Tea’s mom said her daughter loved her job at Richmond Downs Station (pictured)
Before the teen’s disappearance, she was working at Richmond Downs Station, where she loved her job, according to her mother.
Tea is described as having white, 180 cm tall, medium length and light brown hair.
Her vehicle is a 2013 blue Toyota Prado 4WD with Queensland registration 210-TLA.
She has connections to the Northern Territory, Bundaberg in Queensland and farms near Richmond in the far northwest of the state.
Queensland Police said that despite the search being scaled back, police would continue to investigate her disappearance and remain in close contact with her family.