HUNT: Police have searched a dam west of Lawrence as part of the investigation into the disappearance and suspected murder of Grafton teacher Sharon Edwards.
HUNT: Police have searched a dam west of Lawrence as part of the investigation into the disappearance and suspected murder of Grafton teacher Sharon Edwards. NSW Police

Dam scoured by divers in search for Sharon Edwards

POLICE divers have searched a dam west of Lawrence in their quest for answers into the disappearance and suspected murder of missing Grafton woman Sharon Edwards.

The search of the dam, bounded by Ryries Rd and Summerland Way, took a number of hours yesterday afternoon and while nothing was found, Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said he could not rule out further searches.

Det Insp Jameson said the area had been of significant interest to detectives attached to Strike Force Burrow for some time.

That interest was buoyed by information from the public following a recent police appeal, which was sparked by an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers late last year.

"Our recent appeal led investigators to an area west of Lawrence that includes a dam, and detectives and police divers from marine area command assisted us in the search of that area," he said.

"The community continues to assist us in this investigation as they demand answers for the family on what happened to Sharon Edwards.

"I cannot rule out further searches, whether they be land or water, at this stage."

HUNT: Police have searched a dam west of Lawrence as part of the investigation into the disappearance and suspected murder of Grafton teacher Sharon Edwards.
HUNT: Police have searched a dam west of Lawrence as part of the investigation into the disappearance and suspected murder of Grafton teacher Sharon Edwards. NSW Police

Ms Edwards disappeared from her Grafton home on March 14 last year, and has not made contact with anyone since.

Her bank account has not been accessed and her handbag, mobile telephone and keys are still yet to be located, but forensic analysis of mobile phone data has shown her phone migrated to the Lawrence area in the early hours of March 15, where it continued to emit a signal for a number of hours.

Mrs Edwards and her estranged husband John owned a house in Lawrence, where it is believed he still resides, and a rural bushland property on Tanglewood Rd, north-west of Lawrence.

"We remain focused on finding out the truth on what happened to Sharon," Det Insp Jameson said.

"Someone holds the key to these answers, and it may just be a small piece to the larger puzzle."

Anyone with information that may be of use can phone Grafton detectives on 6642 0222 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



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