Police walking a property just north of Grafton, on the Pacific Hwy. Photo Lachlan Thompson / Daily Examiner
Police walking a property just north of Grafton, on the Pacific Hwy. Photo Lachlan Thompson / Daily Examiner Lachlan Thompson

Family's long wait for answers doesn't get any easier

JASMINE Morris disappeared four years ago.

She was 20 years old.

The last known sighting of Jasmine was at the Bi-Lo supermarket in South Grafton at about 3pm on October 6, 2009.

A fortnight later, Jasmine was reported missing by her family.

Her mother, Donna Geoghagan, told The Daily Examiner she had spent the past four years waiting - every day - for her daughter to come home.

"Every day she doesn't, it just gets harder," Ms Geoghagan said.

Despite extensive investigation by Grafton detectives, Jasmine remains on the missing person's list.

Click here to see details of the police seach at a Pacific Hwy property

It has been reported she was seen in the Grafton and South Grafton area in the time following her disappearance.

Jasmine Morris is described as being of Caucasian appearance, with an olive complexion, about 155cm tall, weighing about 55kg, with shoulder-length black hair and brown eyes.

At the time of her disappearance, Jasmine was wearing a long, black cotton skirt, a purple top, and thongs. She also had a handbag with her.

Mrs Geoghagan said she had not been able to fathom her daughter's disappearance.

"I have no idea where she has gone and there is no reason why she would have run away," she said.

"She is a lovely girl and I just want her to be home with me.

"If anyone out there knows anything, could they please tell the police and help bring our Jasmine home."

Ms Geoghagan said she feared there were people in the community who knew about Jasmine's disappearance but were not coming forward for various reasons.

Grafton Police have assured anyone with information that their statement will be treated with the utmost confidentiality.

Police recently set up a mobile command van at South Grafton Bi-Lo, where the missing woman was last seen.

They said several small pieces of information had been gathered during the operation.

But police said there were still many people they wanted to talk to.

Anyone with information about Jasmine Morris should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

POLICE SEARCH

POLICE have used sniffer dogs to scour a property near the Pacific Hwy, just north of Grafton.

They were acting on information the public brought to them during their Missing Person's Week reopening of cold cases, searching for a clue on the whereabouts of Jasmine Morris.

The search is expected to take at least two days due to the property's size.

Ms Morris was first reported missing four years ago, with police saying at the time they held "grave concerns for her welfare".

A fresh appeal to the community for information recently brought forward new clues, which police said led to the search.

"From our point of view, to get a response to the appeal is encouraging," Senior Sergeant Peter O'Reilly said.

He said it was too early to indicate any findings.

Armed with ground-density testing rods, a crew of officers yesterday walked in formation through the property, looking for any clues that may lead to the whereabouts of Ms Morris.

The search will continue today. It will involve staff from the Forensic Services Group working with an earth moving contractor to excavate certain parts of the property.



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