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Divers scour Clarence for clues to disappearance

Task Force Burrow is investigating what happened to Sharon Edwards.
Task Force Burrow is investigating what happened to Sharon Edwards.

UPDATE: 4pm, Friday: School teacher Sharon Edwards remains missing after police continued their search throughout Friday.

Police have completed forensic examinations at all three premises of last known whereabouts and have also completed a diver search of the Clarence River.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said police were now asking for members of the community to come forward with information on Mrs Edwards plans for last Sunday.

"We've completed the search of the river between Grafton and Broadwater just past Lawrence with water police and police divers from Sydney called in by Strikeforce Burrow," Det. Insp. Jameson said.

"We have also completed forensic examination at the three premises. At this stage there is nothing that alarms me. The key for the police is that we have been able to establish a whereabouts and movements up to 11pm possibly at the home address with the husband.

"What we are looking for is any movements after that point. I would be keen to hear from people if they had or expected to have any meetings or catch-ups or social events that Mrs Edwards was supposed to attend on Sunday even if Mrs Edwards did not attend. That is where the focus is now."

If you have any information pertaining to the possible expected movements of Mrs Edwards or had a meeting planned with Mrs Edwards on the Sunday, police request that you contact them with the information by way of Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000 or https://crimestoppers.com.au or phoning the Grafton Police Station 6642 0222.

UPDATE: 12pm, Friday: Police have informed that there is no new updates in the case of missing school teacher Sharon Edwards.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said that police are continuing their forensic investigations and are talking to anyone who has information pertaining to her whereabouts.

Police forensic services search the house in Riverdale Court of Sharon Edwards. Photo Frank Redward NO RESALE
Police forensic services search the house in Riverdale Court of Sharon Edwards. Photo Frank Redward NO RESALE Frank Redward

 

"At this stage the detectives from Strike Force Burrow are considering their investigation into the disappearance of Mrs Edwards," Det. Insp. Jameson said. "We are continuing to talk to persons who have come forward to assist in investigations.

"Forensic examinations are being finalized on locations of last known whereabouts and investigations will continue in those locations.

"We encourage anyone who has info on whereabouts of Mrs Edwards to contact Grafton Police Station or Crime Stoppers

"We also encourage anyone who can assist us with Mrs Edwards' movements on Saturday night or Sunday morning to assist us. Please report any information to Crime Stoppers and Grafton Police Station"

Crime stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://crimestoppers.com.au/

Grafton Police Station: 6642 0222

 

5am, Friday: THE local community is reeling over the "highly suspicious" disappearance of a much-loved Coutts Crossing Public School teacher.

Grafton City Tennis Club coach Phil Beckman, one of the last people to see Sharon Edwards prior to her disappearance, said he only saw her briefly on Saturday but there was nothing to suggest anything was amiss.

He said she played competition tennis on Saturday afternoon and came back to the club for a few drinks about 5.15pm.

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Having known her for about 20 years, Mr Beckman said it was "way out-of-character" for her to just vanish.

"She's that sort of person that is always reliable... it's just strange," he said. 

Sharon Edwards has been missing since Saturday.
Sharon Edwards has been missing since Saturday.

 

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson confirmed yesterday afternoon that police held "very severe and grave concerns" for the safety of the public school teacher.

Mrs Edwards was last seen at her home in Riverdale Ct, Grafton between 10pm and 11pm on Saturday, having dined with a male companion in Grafton earlier that night.

The alarm was raised when she failed to show up for work to Coutts Crossing Public School on Monday morning, and she was formally reported missing on Tuesday.

Forensic teams from Strike Force Burrow, which has been set up to investigate the circumstances of her disappearance, have examined both her house and another property at Neill St, Lawrence.

It is believed a number of items were removed from both premises for forensic examination.

Three vehicles belonging to Mrs Edwards and her estranged husband have also been searched, and police have canvassed the neighbourhoods surrounding the two properties.

Det Insp Jameson said none of Mrs Edwards' social media accounts or personal items have been active since she went missing.

Her estranged husband, a former teacher at Grafton Public School, is assisting police with inquires.

"He has been very co-operative in assisting us with trying to establish her whereabouts," Insp Jameson said.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Grafton Police on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

UPDATE, 3pm, Thursday: 

NOTHING is being ruled in or out in the disappearance of a much-loved Coutts Crossing Public School teacher, police say.

Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson confirmed this afternoon that the disappearance of Sharon Edwards, 55, was very much out of character and under extremely suspicious circumstances.

 

She was last seen between 10pm and 11pm on Saturday, having dined with a male companion at a Grafton establishment that night.

The alarm was raised when Mrs Edwards failed to show up for work at Coutts Crossing Public School on Monday morning, and she was formally reported missing on Tuesday.

Forensic teams from Strike Force Burrow, which has been set up to investigate the circumstances of her disappearance, have searched two addresses in the search for information, one at Riverdale Crt, Grafton and one at Neill St, Lawrence.

A number of items were taken from both premises for forensic examination.

Det Insp Jameson confirmed her car was found parked in the driveway of her Riverdale Crt home, and it is understood none of her social media accounts have been active since she went missing.

"The fact that she hasn't attended school and hasn't made contact with any of her family members, including her estranged husband and also her children, heightens our concerns in relation to her disappearance," he said.

"This is a public plea. The disappearance of Mrs Edwards is very much out of character.We hold very very severe and grave concerns for her safety.

"If anybody knows the whereabouts of Mrs Edwards, we would ask them to come forward.

"It is very much out of her character and her disappearance is under extreme suspicious circumstances."

Anyone with information on her whereabouts is urged to phone the Grafton Police Station on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

EARLIER: POLICE hold grave concerns for the welfare of Coutts Crossing Public School teacher Sharon Edwards, who disappeared from Grafton four days ago.

Mrs Edwards, 54, was last seen between 10pm and 11pm on Saturday, March 14 in Grafton.

She is a dedicated teacher at a local school and was due to teach classes on Monday but failed to attend.

Police and family hold grave concerns for her welfare as it is extremely out of character; she has no known medical conditions and has not made contact with relatives.

Ms Edwards is described as Caucasian in appearance, with a fair complexion, short blond hair and is of medium build.

Police have formed Strike Force Burrow to investigate the circumstances of her disappearance, comprising of detectives from the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command and Northern Region.

Investigators are appealing for community assistance to find her.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to phone the Grafton Police Station on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

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