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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. 

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

Monika Billen , a 62-year-old German national who had been in Alice Springs for a week, was last seen by She said brochures in Billen ’s hotel room suggested she may have been interested in walking local Police are urging anyone who may have seen the German tourist or have information on her

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.

Several people have told police they saw missing German tourist Monika Billen around Alice Springs including a motorist who gave her a lift. "It appears she's hiked out to Emily Gap , she's come back through Undoolya Rd where she was picked up by the motorist," Superintendent Pauline Vicary

Several people have told police they saw missing German tourist Monika Billen around Alice Springs including a motorist who gave her a lift. "It appears she's hiked out to Emily Gap , she's come back through Undoolya Rd where she was picked up by the motorist," Superintendent Pauline Vicary

"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 tourist Monika Billen in CCTV footage.Source:Supplied. 62-year-old Monika Billen has been reported as missing in the Alice Springs area. Picture: AAP Image/Supplied by Northern Territory PoliceSource:AAP. “We understand Ms Billen may have had some interest in walking the Larapinta

German tourist Monika Bellen, 62, was last seen leaving her resort in Alice Springs on New Monika Billen , 62, was reported missing after she failed to return to her resort. She left the resort on Officers will investigate the tourist 's possible movements to popular walking tracks around the rural town.

"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.

A search has been mounted for a German tourist missing in the Northern Territory. Monika Billen , 62, was last seen near Alice Springs in a "dehydrated She failed to check out of her hotel and board a flight to Darwin last week, and was last spotted after accepting a lift from Emily Gap to Alice Springs

Monika Billen , 62, failed to check out of the Desert Palms Resort on Saturday, January 5 and board a plane to Darwin. The hotel contacted police Police have been using drones to help search bushwalks around the town, including the Larapinta Trail, as she had walking brochures in her hotel room.

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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