11 September 2019

Missing Batemans Bay girl found safe and well

| Ian Campbell
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Estelle McDonald of Catalina has been missing since April 3. Photo: South Coast Police District Facebook.

Estelle McDonald of Catalina has been located safe and well. Photo: South Coast Police District Facebook.

Relief! With the worst fears of the community put to rest with a 17-year-old missing Batemans Bay girl located safe and well

Estelle McDonald of Catalina hadn’t been seen for two weeks when officers from the South Coast Police District raised the alarm via Facebook yesterday afternoon.

At that stage, Estelle hadn’t been seen since late in the day on April 3 at the Batehaven shops. According to police, she told her father that she was going to use the public toilets before heading home. She did not come home that evening.

Following the public appeal for information, Estelle has returned home.

Commenting on the South Coast Police District Facebook page, Margaret Coombes writes, “Stella Has Been Found Safe and Well… She Is Back Home Now!!!!!!”

Speaking with Region Media, police at Batemans Bay have confirmed the good news.

It appears Estelle was camping with friends at Brou Lake between Dalmeny and Potato Point.

“They ran out of food and money and decided to come home,” the police spokesperson says, indicating a history of similar behaviour.

The original post by South Coast Police District was shared over 1000 times.

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Clem Collier4:53 pm 18 Apr 19

Why did this happen……needs looking into for sure…..soon 18….then what ?

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