Diane Smedley



Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury
Diane Smedley Photo Tony Martin / Daily Mercury Tony Martin

Police searching for missing Mackay dance teacher

UPDATE, 8.12am, Wednesday: Mackay dance teacher Diane Smedley is still missing

UPDATE, 8.30pm Tuesday: The partner of missing Mackay dance teacher Diane Smedley has told the Mercury she was "just going to have a normal day" the day she disappeared.

On Facebook, Diane's partner Ron Morris pleaded for assistance asking if anyone had seen her to contact himself or the police with any information "no matter how insignificant".

He told the Daily Mercury he had received a call from someone saying they had seen Diane at 11am on Monday along Shakespeare St.

He said the last time he had seen her was on Monday morning at 8.30 when he left for work.

"She was just going to have a normal day, she had a medical appointment planned," he said.

Mr Morris said the dance teacher had called her dance class to say she couldn't take the class and asked for someone else to take it.

"When I came home, I called the police about 7pm when I realised she wasn't home," he said. She had never done anything like this before, he said. 

EARLIER: A MACKAY dance director has been reported missing Tuesday afternoon.

Police have appealed for public assistance to help locate 59-year-old Diane Smedley, reported missing from North Mackay.

Diane was last seen at midday on February 6 at an address on Evans Avenue in North Mackay but hasn't been seen since.

Police hold concerns for her welfare as her behaviour is out of character.

She is described as being Caucasian in appearance, around 160cm tall with a slim build and short dark brown hair.

She was last seen wearing dark blue pants, black shoes with a blue stripe and a royal blue t-shirt.

The Street Latin Mackay dance director has been teaching dancing in Mackay since about 1989.

 

From Back Left - Ron Morris, TJ Straw, Caralyn Straw, Lenetia Stretton, Front Left - Shannon Holford, Donna Barnett, Diane Smedley, Tammy Straw and Teegan O'Keeffe.
From Back Left - Ron Morris, TJ Straw, Caralyn Straw, Lenetia Stretton, Front Left - Shannon Holford, Donna Barnett, Diane Smedley, Tammy Straw and Teegan O'Keeffe. contributed

She and her partner Ron Morris were honoured for their work with the group at the prestigious Sydney Latin Festival in 2015. They were recognised for their outstanding contribution to the Australian Latin Dance Industry for their 26 years of teaching Latin Dancing in regional areas of Queensland.

The group took a Differently Abled Dance Team to the festival, which performed to great acclaim. Diane was heavily involved in Mackay Latin Festivals.

Anyone that may have seen her is being urged to contact police - call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.



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