Mo­bile phone only trace of Perth woman, 25, miss­ing in Whistler

The Guardian Australia - - Headlines/News -

A mo­bile phone found at a park ap­pears to be the only trace so far of a 25-year-old Perth woman who has been miss­ing for a week in Canada, de­spite an ex­ten­sive search.

Ali­son Leanne Raspa was last seen about 11.30pm last Wednesday lo­cal time leav­ing the Three Below bar in Whistler, north of Van­cou­ver. Her phone was found the next evening at Al­pha Lake park, five kilo­me­tres away.

Whistler Royal Cana­dian Mounted Po­lice and the Whistler Search and Res­cue So­ci­ety con­ducted a thor­ough search of the park, and an un­der­wa­ter re­cov­ery team ex­am­ined the lake.

Po­lice also can­vassed the area for CCTV footage and searched un­der­ground car parks, nearby creeks and parks.

The tem­per­a­ture in the pop­u­lar ski area has been close to zero over the past week and there has been some snow­fall.

Ac­cord­ing to Raspa’s Face­book page, she is orig­i­nally from Can­berra, at­tended Green­wood Se­nior high school in Perth and moved to Whistler in May.

The Aus­tralian Depart­ment of For­eign Af­fairs and Trade is pro­vid­ing con­sular as­sis­tance to Raspa’s fam­ily. Cana­dian in­ves­ti­ga­tors have also been in close con­tact with the fam­ily.

Raspa’s cousin Aliesha Lup­pino also posted on so­cial me­dia, urg­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion to con­tact po­lice.

“We are all very wor­ried about her and need to know she is safe. Stay safe and warm my beau­ti­ful cousin, we need you home,” she wrote.

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