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AustraliaSearch for missing German tourist Monika Billen to focus around Emily Gap

10:45  11 january  2019
10:45  11 january  2019 Source:   abc.net.au

Missing German tourist picked up by motorist 'dehydrated and disoriented', NT Police say

Missing German tourist picked up by motorist 'dehydrated and disoriented', NT Police say "Dehydrated and a disorientated", missing German hiker Monika Billen was given a lift by an Alice Springs motorist, according to NT Police. 

Police are pleading with the drivers not to assume that others are going to come forward with information about missing woman Monika Billen , as they concentrate search efforts around popular Central Australian tourist site Emily Gap .

German national Monika Billen was picked up by a motorist before vanishing more than a week New information has revealed missing German tourist Monika Billen was last seen walking on A witness sighted her at Emily Gap in the afternoon, and police are trying to clarify if she walked or.

Search for missing German tourist Monika Billen to focus around Emily Gap© Provided by ABC News Police distributed this dated photograph of missing woman Monika Billen.

Police have pleaded with drivers who may have seen missing German tourist Monika Billen to come forward, saying they should not assume that other people were going to step up instead.

The last confirmed sighting of Monika Billen, 62, was by staff at the Desert Palms Resort in Alice Springs, where she had been staying for more than a week.

But after failing to check out and missing a scheduled flight to Darwin on January 5, her disappearance was reported to police on January 8.

Today police said they have footage of eight cars driving past Ms Billen as she walked down Barrett Drive on New Year's Day, but said none of those drivers have contacted them.

'Dehydrated and disorientated' German tourist missing in the Northern Territory

'Dehydrated and disorientated' German tourist missing in the Northern Territory Amid blazing temperatures in the NT, Monika Billen failed to check out of her hotel and board a flight to Darwin last week. She was last spotted on January 2.

© ABC News German tourist Monika Billen has been missing for nearly two weeks. Following reports of sightings from the public, police focused their search for the missing tourist on Emily Gap , a rock formation only 13 kilometres from Alice Springs.

The body of the missing German tourist Monika Billen is believed to have been found in the East MacDonnell Ranges outside Alice Springs. Billen was last seen around Emily Gap in the ranges on the afternoon of New Year’ s Day but a witness told investigators she had given her a ride the day

"We are very concerned we are getting very little information come in from the Alice Springs people in relation to whether they've seen Monika or not," Acting Superintendent Pauline Vicary said.

"Just don't assume that other people are going to tell us and you don't need to.

"Particularly there are eight vehicles that drove past her on Barrett Drive on the first, none of those people have contacted us.

No sign of German woman missing in NT

No sign of German woman missing in NT Aerial operations will be suspended after five days of air and land searches across the Alice Springs region failed to find missing tourist Monika Billen.

Missing German tourist 's family sends heartbreaking letter revealing new clues: Frantic search underway for missing German tourist who was last "Dehydrated and a disorientated", missing German hiker Monika Billen was given a lift by an Alice Springs motorist, according to NT Police.

The body of missing German tourist Monika Billen is found under a tree 2.9 kilometres west of Emily Gap , a popular tourist site outside Alice Springs in Central Australia.

"We are urging you please contact us so we can have a conversation, you may have seen something and not even realised it."

Police received reports of two sightings of the missing tourist yesterday — one said they gave her a lift to Olive Pink Botanic Gardens on January 2 and another said they spotted her at Emily Gap on January 1.

Superintendent Vicary said they today focussed search efforts around Emily Gap, a popular tourist site about 15 kilometres east of Alice Springs after doubts arose about the timing of the Olive Pink sighting.

"So at the moment we're focussing on Emily Gap as the first scenario, so we have helicopters, motorcycles and drones out here today to try and find any evidence that she is out this way," she said.

"We are trying to clarify some information in relation to the timing that Monika was dropped off at Olive Pink.

"And that may have actually been earlier than anticipated now."

Bushland search for missing German tourist Monika Billen called off, police 'exhausted all locations'

Bushland search for missing German tourist Monika Billen called off, police 'exhausted all locations' Air and land searches for a German tourist believed to have been missing in Central Australia for almost two weeks have been called off. NT Police announced last night they would cease searching bushland near Alice Springs for 62-year-old Monika Billen after five days of searching returned no results. Ms Billen had been in Alice Springs on holidays, but has not been seen since New Year's Day. She was not reported missing until January 8. Police said they had "exhausted all locations of interest" but would "continue to conduct enquiries" about the disappearance.

Missing German tourist picked up by motorist 'dehydrated and disoriented', NT Police say: Frantic search underway for missing German tourist Ms Billen , 62, reportedly accepted a lift from a driver on January 2 at the intersection of Undoolya Rd and Stuart Tce, next to the Todd River in Old Eastside.

Monika Billen , 62, was last seen on 2 January at a popular outback tourist spot, Emily Gap , close to the town of Alice Springs. Ms Billen had been reported missing last week, prompting her family in Cologne to plead for public help. Police suspended their search for Ms Billen after five days, but

She said they may revisit that lead once the timing issues had been clarified.

Police were also working with cattle station workers and Aboriginal communities along the Ross Highway and will be door-knocking residents, asking for information.

Superintendent Vicary said they have now been in touch with Ms Billen's brother in Germany, but said the family's plans are not clear at this stage.

She said they are not yet treating the disappearance as suspicious.

Red top, cashmere scarf

During a search of her room, police found brochures for walking trails, including the Larapinta Trail, leading them to believe she may have gone hiking.

Ms Billen is described as being of Caucasian appearance, slim build, with short grey hair, and was last seen wearing a red chequered long-sleeve top, denim knee-length shorts and a bright red backpack.

She was also wearing a yellow cashmere scarf over her head and shoulders to protect her from the sun and heat.

Police urged anyone who may have seen Ms Billen or who have any information as to her whereabouts to contact them on 131 444.

NT Police had phone data of German tourist Monika Billen days before body was found.
Northern Territory Police had the crucial phone data which led them to find the body of missing German Tourist Monika Billen for days before they were able to use it to pinpoint her. The crucial data was provided by Ms Billen's German phone company through Telstra to NT Police early on in their investigation, which began on January 8. But it wasn't until January 14, almost a week later, that they were successfully able to use it to pinpoint the phone, and with it Ms Billen's body.

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