UPDATE | Tweed police find woman missing almost a week

UPDATE: Tweed Police have released a statement saying that they’ve located the woman who went missing from northern New South Wales a week ago.

“A woman missing from the state’s north coast has been found.

“The woman, aged 48, was last seen leaving a home on McKenzie Avenue, Pottsville, about 1:30am on Monday 22 February 2021.

“When she failed to return home, officers from Tweed Heads Police District were notified and commenced inquiries into her whereabouts.

“Following further investigation and a public appeal, the woman was located about 6.30pm (28 February 2021) at Boambee East,” the police statement reads.

EARLIER: Police are calling for help from the public to find a woman who’s been missing from northern NSW for almost a week.

She was last seen leaving a home along McKenzie Avenue in Pottsville.

That was around 1.30 am last Monday, February 22.

Police were notified when she failed to return home, with family concerned for her well-being.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact Tweed Heads Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Note: identifying details have been removed from this article.


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Trio charged over wild cross-border police chase in stolen car

Three men have been charged over an alleged high-speed cross border police chase in a suspected stolen car.

The chaos began around 10.45pm on Friday, when police reportedly spotted a stolen Hyundai Santa Fe at Helensvale.

It’s understood the vehicle continued to travel south of the M1 towards the NSW border, with Queensland Police alerting Byron Bay Traffic and Highway Patrol.

“The vehicle was seen entering NSW at a speed of 165 km/h in a 100 km/h zone and a pursuit was initiated,” NSW Police said in a statement.

Officers managed to deploy road spikes at Tweed Heads, but the stolen car continued to travel into Banora Point where the Hyundai stopped in Kintyre Crescent.

The driver, a 27-year-old Brisbane man, was arrested at the scene.

Two male passengers, both aged 27, were also taken into custody with the help of QLD PolAir after attempting to flee into nearby homes.

The driver was charged with police pursuit – not stop – drive dangerously, learner exceed speed more than 45 km/h, receive property stolen outside NSW, use motor vehicle with unauthorised number plate affixed, goods suspected stolen in/on premises (m/v), Learner not accompanied, and learner driver not display “L” plates as prescribed.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Local Court today.

The passengers were both issued court attendance notices for the offence of be carried in conveyance taken without consent of owner.

They are expected to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court on Monday 15 March.

Tweed introduces more parking restrictions to stave off overnight campers

Tweed Council is taking strong action to try and combat the issue of overnight campers in the area.

Parking restrictions have been introduced in several key Tweed Heads sites, as well as a number of new ‘no parking’ signs.

It follows a rise in complaints from residents over the influx of campers taking up parking in specific streets.

It’s become a serious problem around Tweed Terrace and Boundary Street in Point Danger, the area between Hill Street and Eden Street, Boundary Street and the car park next to Twin Towns, Bay Street and the car park opposite Chris Cunningham Park.

Council has now prohibited parking between 11.00 pm and 5.00 am seven days a week to try and prevent the problem.

Rangers will be patrolling the area and on-the-spot fines issued to anyone found parking in a restricted zone.

Mayor of Tweed Cr Chris Cherry says the new restrictions are designed to have minimal impact on local residents.

“Council has received a steep rise in complaints from residents concerned about the number of overnight campers and lack of available parking around Point Danger, Duranbah Beach, Twin Towns and Jack Evans Boat Harbour,” she said.

“We have two issues here – we have homelessness, which is a genuine concern in our Shire and we need State Government help to urgently address this, and we have travellers who don’t feel like paying for their stay. It is the second group we are targeting with these changes.

“Residents are concerned about significant public amenity, health and environmental issues that may arise from so many people sleeping overnight in their vehicles.

“These new parking restrictions are in direct response to those concerns and will be closely monitored by our rangers with on-the-spot fines issued.

“There will continue to be ample parking provided on public roads around Tweed Heads for those seeking access to the popular beach and lookout locations between 11.00 pm and 5.00 am, and we are confident these restrictions will not adversely impact local residents or businesses.”

The problem isn’t just isolated to the Tweed area, with the Gold Coast and Byron Shires also experiencing similar issues.

Council has developed an interactive map that outlines the areas impacted by the changes.

Police identify mystery jawbone found washed up at Kingscliff

Police have solved the mystery of a human jawbone that washed up on the beach at Kingscliff more than nine years ago.

The jawbone was discovered in September 2011 sparking a major Police search and investigation.

But it remain unidentified for years with DNA searches failing to find a match.

Police received a breakthrough in August last year when a ‘familial DNA’ search came up with a possible link to a relative.

That led detectives to a 34-year-old inmate at Goulburn Jail whose DNA was on a database for convicted offenders.

Investigations determined the inmate was the nephew of William Moran, who was lost at sea off the New South Wales north coast more than 40 years ago.

Mr Moran, who was 24 at the time, disappeared when his motor cruiser was hit by rough seas off Evans Head in September 1979.

His wife Philippa was also killed in the tragedy.

“The return of the jawbone to Mr Moran’s family has brought closure after decades of searching for answers,” New South Wales Police said.

Tweed Police searching for wanted woman

TWEED Heads Police are appealing for help to find a woman wanted for breaching her bail.

Officers are seeking the arrest of Deborah Christine Murphy for “multiple offences”.

Tweed Heads Police said her location is currently unknown as she has no fixed abode.

She is known to frequent Tweed City Shopping Centre and the surrounding area.

If you have information for Police, please contact NSW Police on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day. 

You can report also information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via nsw.crimestoppers.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.