Major search underway in Byron for missing woman

Detectives are today scouring bushland in and around Byron Bay as they desperately search for clues surrounding the disappearance of missing woman Thea Liddle.

The 42-year-old was last seen in the Mooball area in Northern NSW on Thursday 31 October 2019 and hasn’t been seen since.

Her worried family reported her missing to Queensland Police in January this year, with detectives alerting NSW police who then launched a major investigation into Ms Liddle’s disappearance.


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According to investigators, Thea was staying at a Mooball property with a then 46-year-old man at the time of her disappearance.

Strike force detectives have previously searched the rural property as part of their inquiries, however failed to find any trace of the missing woman.

As the investigation ramps up, police have moved their search to bushland surrounding the popular tourist spot of Byron Bay.

“Strike force detectives will be conducting several searches throughout bushland in and around Byron Bay today and tomorrow, where Thea was known to have been residing in the months leading up to her disappearance,” NSW police said.

It’s understood Thea didn’t have a permanent place of residence, so detectives are searching regular locations where many people are known to set up makeshift campsites in the Byron area.

“Thea lived a very transient lifestyle, shifting from place to place, changing campsites often and would opt for places in remote bushland away from the public,” Tweed/Byron Police District Commander Superintendent Dave Roptell said.

“We are conducting thorough searches throughout these locations for any indication of Thea’s presence there.

“It wasn’t uncommon for Thea to travel throughout the Far North Coast, however, is it unusual for her to go this length of time without speaking to family members.”

Anyone who may have seen or spoken to Thea in late October or early November 2019 is being urged to come forward.

“Any piece of information may assist investigators,” Supt Roptell said.

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