Missing woman feared dead found, one still unaccounted for in NSW bushfires

NSW Police have confirmed a missing elderly woman, feared dead in the bushfire crisis, has been found safe and well.

Fears had been held for the 81-year-old woman after her home in Kurrajong Crescent was destroyed by bushfires that swept through about 2pm on Tuesday.

Officers from South Coast Police District had been unable to confirm the whereabouts of the woman but after extensive inquiries managed to locate her on Wednesday evening.


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The woman’s family told police she’d been rescued from her home as the fire was nearing the home and she is now safe and well in nearby Manyana.

Sadly, a 72-year-old man remains unaccounted for at Belowra, about 50km north west of Cobargo.

It follows confirmation on Wednesday that seven people have died in the south coast fires.

  • A 28-year-old NSW RFS volunteer firefighter died at a property on River Road, Jingellic, just before 6pm on Monday.
  • Two men – aged 29 and 63 – died at a property at Wandella, about 10km north west of Cobargo, on Monday.
  • A 70-year-old man was found dead outside a home at Yatte Yattah, about 6km west of Lake Conjola, on Tuesday
  • The body of a man was found in a burn-out car on a road off the Princes Highway at Yatte Yattah about 7.30am on Wednesday.
  • The body of a man was found in a vehicle on Wandra Road, Sussex Inlet, about 11.30am on Wednesday. He is yet to be formally identified.
  • A body has been found outside a home at Coolagolite, about 10km east of Cobargo, on Wenesday.

Inquiries are continuing, and reports will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

As the bushfire emergency continues, people are urged to obey direction of emergency services and to monitor the Rural Fire Service NSW website www.rfs.gov.au and www.livetraffic.com for road closures.

Emergency services are also reminding the community not to contact Triple Zero (000) unless there is an emergency.

If you are concerned about a loved one in a bushfire impacted area, visit https://register.redcross.org.au

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.