Oz po­lice call off search for Ger­man tourist

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

AN EX­TEN­SIVE ae­rial search for a Ger­man tourist miss­ing in the vast Aus­tralian out­back for al­most two weeks has been called off, po­lice said. Monika Billen, 62, was re­ported miss­ing last week after leav­ing her re­sort in Al­ice Springs. She is be­lieved to have hitched and walked her way to the Emily Gap, a site pop­u­lar with tourists in a re­mote na­ture park famed for its rocky ravines and gorges. Po­lice had launched land and ae­rial searches for Billen, in­clud­ing the use of drones. They be­lieve a mo­torist may have seen her look­ing de­hy­drated and dis­ori­en­tated as early as Jan­uary 2. “De­spite our ef­forts, no fur­ther ev­i­dence has been found to in­di­cate Monika is still out there,” North­ern Ter­ri­tory Po­lice Su­per­in­ten­dent Pauline Vi­cary said on Satur­day.

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