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Body found on Barrington riverbank believed to be elderly woman missing in NSW floods

- Australian Associated Press

A body believed to be an elderly New South Wales woman whose empty car was pulled from flood waters has been found washed up on a riverbank.

Adele Morrison, 78, was last seen at a shopping centre in Gloucester after leaving home in Port Macquarie on 16 March, as a one-in-100-year flood event began on the mid-north NSW coast.

Large tracts of NSW went underwater as rivers filled by torrential rain broke their banks.

Tens of thousands of people were evacuated across the state, with Sydney’s Hawkesbury-Nepean Valley and the mid-north coast the hardest hit.

Morrison’s car was spotted in the swollen Barrington River on 25 March.

On Saturday evening, a property owner along the river notified police after locating the body of a woman on the riverbank of his rural property in Barrington.

A crime scene was establishe­d and examined by specialist forensic police.

The body is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be that of the missing woman.

A report will be prepared for the coroner.

The discovery of Morrison’s body takes the death toll from last month’s widespread flooding in NSW and Queensland to three.

A 25-year-old man died in Glenorie in north-west Sydney on 24 March.

The Pakistani national was on his way to his first day of a new contractin­g job when his car was trapped in flood waters.

The body of 38-year-old man, David Hornman, was found in an upturned car in flood waters in Canungra Creek, in the Gold Coast hinterland, on 24 March.

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