Mother hunts for her ‘baby'

Jackie Jones with her sister, 22-year-old Justine.
Jackie Jones with her sister, 22-year-old Justine.

BY night the mother of missing Sunshine Coast woman Justine Jones walks the streets, desperate to find someone who might know where her “baby girl” is.

By day she sits near the phone, waiting.

Despite fearing the worst with each passing day, Kathleen Jones will not give up hope that her daughter is alive.

The gregarious 22 year-old was last seen at her unit on Boolarong Crescent, Alexandra Headland, eight days ago.

It was State of Origin night and she was wearing a white top with black tracksuit pants.

A number of people are assisting police with their investigations.

Homicide squads from Brisbane have joined the Maroochydore taskforce.

Yesterday, detectives continued to search the area where Justine was last seen for any clues to her whereabouts.

A crane was brought in so officers could scan the rooftop of the Silver Sands unit which she shared with another girl.

They also hunted through garbage bins and witnesses said they took materials away for testing.

The extensive police search for Justine began on the weekend.

It included forensic testing on parts of the apartment building, including the stairwell.

Mrs Jones arrived on the Coast on Sunday after making a frantic dash from Narooma in NSW.

She is staying with her eldest daughter, Jackie, 24, who moved to the Coast to be with her beloved sister.

Their father, Michael Stivic, is at home in Narooma, praying that Justine simply walks through the door and says “hey dad”.

“It is very frustrating,” Kathleen told the Daily yesterday.

“We don't know anything, but we keep waiting, waiting, hoping she turns up safe.

“If anyone knows anything, please contact the police.”

Mr Stivic said he had always been protective of his daughter.

He said if the investigation revealed she was a victim of foul play he would be an “angry man”.

Kylie Jane Mai Garland set up a Facebook page, Missing Sunshine Coast girl Justine Jones, on Tuesday.

They had only met a handful of times, but Ms Garland said she felt compelled do what she could to help raise awareness of the investigation. Hundreds of people have joined from across Australia, leaving messages of hope.

Justine was a Facebook regular but has not accessed her page since July 5.

She worked at the Sports Bar at Alexandra Headland for about six months until two weeks ago and had been handing out resumes at Sunshine Plaza.

Although Justine lost her mobile phone several weeks before going missing, family and police say it is out of character for her not to contact her mother or her sister.

Sunshine Coast detectives and the Brisbane homicide squad are working out of the major incident room at Maroochydore.

Anyone with information about Justine is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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