Family's relief after two-day hell
A PANIC-STRICKEN mum was reunited with her missing daughter yesterday, following a two-day hunt by police.
The 23-year-old woman, known only as Chantel, had not been seen since Wednesday morning and sparked a city-wide search after sending a text message to relatives about 1pm that day.
Her family alerted police, who immediately began a search for her where-abouts.
But yesterday afternoon, waves of relief swept through Chantel's family when she finally called her mother, and the family was reunited at a Bargara shopping centre.
Bundaberg Police Detective Senior Sergeant Joe Hildred said the drama started to unfold as officers found the young woman's car in a car park in Quay Street, near Anzac Pool, with her wallet, mobile phone, keys to her car and other personal items still in it.
Police scoured the banks of the Burnett River and the city centre on Wednesday, before widening the search area throughout the district yesterday.
A search of Quay Street and the river was stepped up on Wednesday afternoon, where three or four bicycle police were seen being briefed, and two pairs of police officers canvassed the area between the street and the river.
Police in four cars later joined the search at Quay Street.
Officers also trawled through CCTV footage throughout the city, trying to catch a glimpse of the missing woman.
Posters of Chantel appeared in shop windows, on bins and on walls throughout the central business district yesterday.
“Police throughout the entire Bundaberg police district were involved,” Det Snr Sgt Hildred said.