Police have identified a body found in the Yass River as that of Tina Quinn, 34, who was last seen at a property on Yass River Road on 16 July.
Ms Quinn was reported missing to officers from the Hume Police District on 17 July. They started an immediate search of the area, which stretches from Yass across to Gundaroo on Canberra’s outskirts.
“Police and family hold serious concerns for her welfare,” a police spokesperson said at the time.
Police confirmed on Wednesday (13 September) that the body was that of the missing woman, but it would undergo a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death.
Ms Quinn was last heard from on 16 July. She had been texting her family at the time but hadn’t been heard from after 5 pm that day. The vehicle in which she was believed to have been travelling, a white Toyota LandCruiser, was found during the police search, but there was no sign of Ms Quinn.
The Quinns lived in rented premises on a 10-acre property where police had seized her four-wheel drive for forensic examination.
Speaking at a police media conference about a week after his wife disappeared, Ms Quinn’s husband of 13 years, Adrian Quinn, said he had last spoken to his wife on Sunday, 16 July, but he could not reach her later that night.
“By Monday afternoon, I called the police. I was away working interstate at the time and returned on the next available flight,” he said.
Detective Chief Inspector Brendan Bernie, speaking at the media conference, said police had concerns for her welfare.
He said the Police Diving Unit had joined the search – which had included helicopters, State Emergency Service and Rural Fire Service – and were checking dams in the area where she was last seen. Police also went door to door along the Gundaroo end of the Yass River Road, asking residents if they had seen Ms Quinn.
Mr Quinn had described his wife, who grew up in Germany, as a very gentle person, an artist who was preparing to study mathematics and cyber security.
“We would stay on the property, attend to our sheep, otherwise, she would drive the vehicle,” he said.
“It is a remote area and the roads don’t lend themselves to walking.”
A report will now be prepared for the coroner.