Fears held for missing woman
GRAVE concerns are held for a pregnant woman who went missing from a boat docked at a Tweed Heads marina over the weekend.
Tweed Heads police said the 37-year-old, who is six months pregnant, was last seen by her husband about 11.30pm on Saturday when she left her boat which was moored at the Boyds Bay Ivory Tavern Marina.
Officers believe she exited the wharf through a security gate leading to the public car park area to use the toilet facilities located at the front of the tavern.
Authorities are worried for the woman's welfare due to her pregnancy, the proximity to water and the fact that her disappearance is out of character.
Police yesterday launched an extensive search of the area, including canvassing for witnesses, for- ensic testing of the toilet facility and the deployment of police divers to check surrounding waters.
Volunteer Marine Rescue Point Danger was called about 2am yesterday morning to assist police with a search of the nearby water.
The search was called off 30 minutes later because it was too dark and the VMR was asked to return at 5.30am.
Police later said the VMR would not be required and would call in police divers instead.
The missing woman is of Indian descent, 170cm tall, with a medium build, dark brown complexion and black hair.
She was last seen wearing grey track suit pants, a black top and wearing silver slip-on shoes.
Investigators are seeking information from hotel patrons or members of the public who may have seen a woman fitting this description in the vicinity of the tavern on Saturday night or since that time.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Tweed Heads Police Station on (07) 5536 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Police assured that calls will be treated in the strictest confidence and they may remain anonymous.