'Doesn't look good' for German woman missing in Aussie Outback

'Doesn't look good' for German woman missing in Aussie Outback

Police have been searching the Outback around Alice Springs for the missing German tourist who was
Police have been searching the Outback around Alice Springs for the missing German tourist who was last seen on New Year's Day AFP/GREG WOOD

SYDNEY: Australian police vowed Friday (Jan 11) to keep up the hunt for a missing German tourist, but after several days of scouring the dusty and parched Outback admitted time was running out.

Police have deployed drones and officers around the central town of Alice Springs to find the 62-year-old bushwalker, who was last seen on New Year's Day.

"Our members have been tirelessly searching Alice Springs for five days now and while it doesn't look good, we do hold out hope to find her alive," said Superintendent Pauline Vicary.

Local temperatures on Friday evening reached 41 degrees Celsius and were even higher during the day.

Monika Billen left her Desert Palms Resort hotel on Jan 1 and is thought to have hitched and walked her way to the Emily Gap, a site popular with tourists in a remote nature park famed for its rocky ravines and gorges.

Police were notified when she did not return to the hotel as planned a few days later.

Police believe a motorist may have seen her looking dehydrated and a disorientated as early as Jan 2.

She had only a yellow cashmere scarf to protect against the fierce desert sun.

Source: AFP/na/zl

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