Missing woman, 81, found safe and well in Tweed Heads

UPDATE 11.40AM: AN 81-year-old woman who went missing from a bus stop in Coolangatta on Friday night has been found.

A police spokesperson confirmed the elderly woman was found “safe and well” in Tweed Heads a short time ago.

The 81-year-old, who police said suffers from a medical condition, was last seen at a Griffith Street bus stop just after 6pm on Friday.


She is expected to be reunited with her family within the next hour.

Around 50 people were involved in the search, including local police and around 30 State Emergency Service volunteers.

Police divers were also called in this morning to search local waterways.

Police thanked the media and all involved in the search for their assistance.

EARLIER: An elderly woman’s been reported missing from Coolangatta.

81-year-old Reta Kirkland from Tweed Heads was last seen at a bus stop on Griffith Street just after 6:00pm on Friday night.

Missing woman Reta Kirkland. Image: Qld Police Service

Missing woman Reta Kirkland. Image: Qld Police Service

Police are worried about her as she suffers from a medical condition.

Reta is described as Caucasian in appearance, approximately 163cm tall, of a slim build with white hair and a green eyes.

She was last seen wearing dark denim jeans, a white cardigan and brown shoes. Reta was carrying a blue “enviro” type bag and also possibly a bright pink overnight bag.

Anyone who has may have seen Reta or has any information about her location is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.