The body of Adele Morrison who went missing in the NSW floodwaters was found on the bank of the Barrington

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The body of a woman who went missing in floods nearly a month ago has been found on a riverbank

  • Adele Morrison went missing after severe flooding hit NSW’s mid-north coast
  • The 78-year-old’s car was salvaged from the Barrington River on March 25
  • A body believed to be Mrs. Morrison’s was found on a riverbank Saturday

The body of an elderly woman who went missing in the water nearly a month ago has washed up on a riverbank.

Adele Morrison was reported missing on March 17 when her family could not reach her after driving to Gloucester from her home in Port Macquarie on the north coast of NSW, when a once every 100 years flood engulfed the region.

The body of the 78-year-old was uncovered on the bank of a rural estate in Barrington, 6 miles from Gloucester, at around 5.15pm Saturday.

“A property owner notified police after locating a woman’s body on the bank of his rural property on Barrington West Road, Barrington,” police said in a statement.

“The body has yet to be formally identified, but it is believed to be that of the missing woman.”

Police investigating the disappearance of Adele Morrison (pictured) say a body believed to be that of the missing 78-year-old was found on the shore of a rural estate in Barrington, NSW

Police investigating the disappearance of Adele Morrison (pictured) say a body believed to be that of the missing 78-year-old was found on the shore of a rural estate in Barrington, NSW

Ms. Morrison's Toyota Corolla (pictured) was discovered partially submerged in the flooded Barrington River on March 25.

Ms. Morrison's Toyota Corolla (pictured) was discovered partially submerged in the flooded Barrington River on March 25.

Ms. Morrison’s Toyota Corolla (pictured) was discovered partially submerged in the flooded Barrington River on March 25.

Ms. Morrison’s Toyota Corolla was recovered from the flooded Barrington River by emergency services earlier on March 25, although they found no trace of her body at the time.

Extensive searches of the river were undertaken in the days that followed, without Mrs. Morrison being found.

At the time Ms. Morrison was reported missing, police and her family said they were seriously concerned about her well-being due to her age and severe flooding in the area that saw large tracts of land submerged amid torrential rain.

Mrs. Morrison is reported to have visited a shopping center in Gloucester at about 10:45 a.m. on March 16. Her whereabouts thereafter were unknown, and her family revealed that it was unusual for her not to be in regular contact with them.

The discovery of her body brings the death toll from last month’s NSW flooding to two after a 25-year-old Pakistani national was found dead on March 24 in flood waters in Glenorie, northwest Sydney.

Police said Ms. Morrison’s death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.

Emergency services had conducted extensive searches of the Barrington River (pictured during last month's floods) while desperately trying to locate Ms. Morrison.

Emergency services had conducted extensive searches of the Barrington River (pictured during last month's floods) while desperately trying to locate Ms. Morrison.

Emergency services had conducted extensive searches of the Barrington River (pictured during last month’s floods) while desperately trying to locate Ms. Morrison.

Police will also prepare reports for the coroner after two men died after being pulled out of the water in separate incidents in north and south NSW on Saturday.

A man died after falling out of a kayak while trying to board a runabout at Bittangabee Bay in Ben Boyd National Park, south of Eden, at about 8:10 a.m.

He was taken out of the water by a witness who desperately performed CBR, but the man, believed to be a 70-year-old from Victoria, was pronounced dead on the spot.

A 59-year-old Queensland man died around 12:30 p.m. swimming in Suffolk Park Beach, south of Byron Bay.

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