Fears for welfare of missing woman
Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019
By Michael Murphy
A missing woman has not been sighted since she left an outback property near Broken Hill on Sunday morning, despite a widespread social media campaign to locate her.
Marilyn Anne Grubb (65) - who has worked as cook, cleaner and bookkeeper - was last seen at a property on the Menindee Road about 50 kilometres from the Silver City.
Police broke news of Ms Grubb’s disappearance just after 9am on Monday morning by posting a statement and photographs of her on Facebook.
The post has since been shared more than 1100 times by various people across Australia.
People who shared the post commented with their postcodes to let others know where the post was circulating.
Police updated their Facebook page again last night with current photographs of Ms Grubb and her vehicle taken from CCTV footage before she disappeared.
Detective Inspector Michael Fuller yesterday said public assistance to help find Ms Grubb was crucial, particularly sightings so police could narrow down a search area.
After leaving the Menindee Road property, it was believed Ms Grubb drove into Broken Hill where she has a house in Morgan Lane, but she did not arrive.
Police, State Emergency Service volunteers, police trail bike riders and local pilots have searched the district over the past few days, but have not discovered any clues.
“Police, along with her friends and family, hold serious concerns for her welfare and are appealing for the community to come forward with any information regarding her whereabouts,” DI Fuller said.
Ms Grubb was described as Caucasian in appearance, about 160 to 165cm tall, with a medium build, green/hazel eyes.
At the time of her disappearance, she was driving a blue Holden Adventura station wagon with SA registration SO48BON
“We will continue develop our search plans as information comes in,” DI Fuller said.
“At this point, it is a very large area with no sightings to assist police to narrow down the search location.”
Police began investigating the case as soon as it was reported, DI Fuller said.
“You don’t have to wait 24 hours, if there is concern about a missing person, you can report straight away,” DI Fuller said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au