Tweed District Rescue Squad's Jamie Stoddart, (front) pictured with Captain Mal Pearse, was involved in the search for the missing woman
Tweed District Rescue Squad's Jamie Stoddart, (front) pictured with Captain Mal Pearse, was involved in the search for the missing woman Blainey Woodham

Handbag and shoe provide clue which locates missing woman

A WOMAN who was missing for 27 hours was found 30m down a steep embankment on the weekend.

The 68-year-old North Tumbulgum woman was reported missing by her husband on Saturday afternoon.

Tweed-Byron Local Area Command Inspector Darren Steel said the woman's handbag and a shoe were found in bushland near a steep embankment close by the May Hill Rd property.

Richmond Local Area Command's dog squad and the Tweed District Rescue Squad attended the scene.

Volunteer Jamie Stoddart said they received the call for help about 5.20pm and found her at the bottom of the embankment.

The squad set up a vertical rescue rope system to help the woman.

"She was in shock and cold," he said.

She was lying on her back, covered in water, in a creek bed.

Insp Steel said she was transported to Tweed Hospital suffering shock, cuts and insect bites.

"She was assisted from the creek bed by the volunteer rescue association and police," he said.



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