CCTV reveals last sighting of woman missing from Byron
FEARS are escalating over the disappearance of 36-year-old Canadian woman Natalie Perkins, who vanished from Byron Bay without a trace on Monday, February 15.
Tweed/Byron Local Area Command crime manager detective sergeant Laurie Moroney said while there was no evidence to suggest the disappearance was suspicious, police haven't ruled it out.
"There's nothing to suggest foul play at this time, although we'll keep an open mind in these cases," he said.
"At this stage she's a missing person and we have concern for her welfare."
Sgt Moroney hoped recently-released CCTV footage of Ms Perkins would help establish her whereabouts.
"It's just information we've released ... to perhaps strike someone's memory," he said.
Ms Perkins, who has been living in the Byron Bay area for about three years, has a network of friends in the region who have been assisting police with their inquiries.
However, there are serious concerns for Ms Perkins' welfare since she suffers a medical condition and her disappearance is described as out of character.
In the two weeks since her disappearance, police said Ms Perkins had not used her phone or accessed her bank account.
She was last seen leaving a doctor's appointment on Fletcher Stabout 4.10pm.
She was wearing a blue, white and pink-striped shirt, denim shorts, thongs, prescription glasses with black rims and carrying a grey-coloured backpack.
Ms Perkins' disappearance comes just six months after 54-year-old Lismore woman Ellen Wilson was reported missing.
She was last seen at the Australian Hotel in Ballina on Friday, September 11.
It's believed she may have left in a silver Subaru station wagon with New South Wales registration plates CB-76-QX.
CCTV footage released by police at the time of her disappearance showed Ms Wilson at the Greater Bank in Woodlark St, Lismore, on the day she went missing.
Richmond LAC Detective Sergeant Bernadette Ingram said police investigations into Ms Wilson's disappearance were ongoing.
She said Ms Wilson's disappearance was "very unusual" and the key to finding her was locating her car.
At the time of her disappearance, Det Sgt Ingram said family and friends of Ms Wilson said her disappearance was out of character.
Ms Wilson is described as 165cm tall with a medium build and shoulder-length, greyish-brown hair. She has blue eyes and wears reading glasses.
> If anyone sights Ms Perkins, they are urged to call Byron Bay police on 6685 9499 or come forward via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
> Anyone who has information on Ms Wilson's whereabouts should contact the Lismore Police Station on 6626 0599 or Crime Stoppers.
> You do not have to wait 24 hours before reporting someone as missing
> When a missing person is located, their whereabouts will not be released to the person who reported them missing, unless permission is granted
> Going missing is not a crime
> About 35,000 people are reported missing in Australia each year - one person every 15 minutes
> 99.5% of people are located - 85% within a week of being reported missing
> About one third of missing persons go missing more than once
> Roughly two-thirds of missing persons are younger than 18