20 October 2020

UPDATED Bushwalker Sjann Tonkin - found

| Hannah Sparks
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Sjann Tonkin

Sjann Tonkin has been missing for three days in the Murraguldrie State Forest. Photo: Supplied.

1:45 pm: Missing bushwalker Sjann Tonkin has been found safe and well.

She was located at around 11:30 am this morning after a multi-agency search was conducted by local police, PolAir, trail bike operators, Police Rescue, NSW State Emergency Service, National Parks and Wildlife Service and the Australian Defence Force.

Ms Tonkin was treated at the scene before being taken to Wagga Wagga Base Hospital for treatment for mild dehydration.

Police have thanked the public for their assistance.

10:30 am: Police and the family of a 56-year-old woman last seen walking into the Murraguldrie State Forest in Carabost on Sunday (18 October) say they hold serious concerns for her welfare.

Sjann Tonkin was last seen by her husband from their home located within the forest, and is believed by police to be alone.

Her disappearance is not being treated as suspicious; however, police are “very concerned about her welfare at this stage”, said Officer in Charge at Albury Police Station Sergeant Darryl Thomas.

Although Sjann is an experienced bushwalker, she suffers from a medical condition.

Police were using aircraft and dogs when they resumed a search of the forest, about 30 km north-west of Tumbarumba on Tuesday morning.

The Army, Air Force, NSW State Emergency Service and NSW Volunteer Rescue Association have also joined the search.

Sjann’s husband notified officers from the Murray River Police District of her disappearance when she didn’t return home on Monday.

A preliminary search of Sjann’s property and surrounding bushland was undertaken yesterday.

Sjann is described as being of Caucasian appearance, of medium build with short grey hair.

She was last seen wearing a black quilted jacket, black tights and black shoes.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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