Searchers fail to find missing Coast woman

By JENNIE DELL

AN intensive search by more than 30 police and SES workers yesterday failed to find any trace of a young Burleigh Heads woman who has not been seen since she left a weekend doof party at The Channon on Sunday evening.

Police and family have concerns for the welfare of Daneeka Nixon, 25, who was last seen wearing white board shorts with a black swirl pattern, and a red zippered jacket with a hood. The party was held on a four-hectare property about 1.5km from the village on The Channon Road.

Three days after her disappearance there were still no clues yesterday as to what had happened to the young woman. She has been described as being "disorientated" when she left the party. Her friends found her car still parked on the property on Monday. Daneeka's purse and mobile phone were still in her car.

About 200 people had attended the party, which started on Good Friday night and continued through the Easter weekend. Many camped on site.

Daneeka Nixon had arrived on Friday night.

A police search was mounted on Tuesday after Daneeka's mother had gone into Byron Bay police station to report her daughter missing. Called off due to poor light, the search resumed yesterday morning at about 8am.

Licensee of The Channon Tavern Clayton Cooper said police had established a command post behind the pub at 7am before starting the search.

Members of Daneeka's family were briefed by police yesterday morning at the gateway to the party land. The family left soon after in a Queensland-registered vehicle.

By mid-morning there were 30 police and SES volunteers combing the property, with the Westpac Rescue Helicopter sweeping the steep and densely wooded valley in an aerial surveillance that lasted nearly an hour.

Lismore Police Inspector Anne Langford had no news for the waiting media.

"There are no suspicious circumstances and we have nothing to tell you - nothing," she said.

"As far as we know, Daneeka might just have wandered off and got lost."

Late yesterday afternoon the search was concluded and all police and SES personnel left the property.

Daneeka Nixon is described as white, about 165-170 cm tall, of medium build, with long straight hair and hazel eyes. Police are asking anyone who might know where she is, or have any information that may assist police, to contact Lismore Police Station on 6623 1599 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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