Aus­tralia po­lice call off out­back search for Ger­man tourist

Kuwait Times - - International -

SYD­NEY: 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, a re­mote town near the geo­graph­i­cal cen­tre of Aus­tralia. 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 a 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 in a state­ment on Satur­day. “Nei­ther is there any ev­i­dence to in­di­cate foul play. The last phys­i­cal sight­ing we have for her is the Emily Gap and sur­round­ing area, which we have thor­oughly searched.” —AFP

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