Remains found in Byron bushland during search for missing woman

A crime scene has been set up after skeletal remains were found in bushland in Byron Bay during a search for missing woman Thea Liddle.

The 42-year-old was last seen in the Mooball area in the Tweed Shire on October 31 last year and hasn’t been seen since.

Her worried family reported her missing to Queensland Police in January this year, who then notified NSW police who have been desperately searching for Thea ever since.


It’s understood officers came across the grim discovery around 1.30pm on Wednesday, following a two-day search in and around Byron Bay, where Thea was known to have been residing in the months leading up to her disappearance.

It’s not yet known if the skeletal remains are male or female, or if they belong to Thea.

“The scene will be processed by forensic officers which will take a significant amount of time and police are expecting to maintain the crime scene into tomorrow,” a NSW police spokesperson said.


Detectives say Ms Liddel didn’t have a permanent place of residence and lived a “very transient lifestyle”.

“She shifted 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 told reporters on Tuesday.

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

The missing woman has not accessed her bank accounts or social media pages since October last year.

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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