Missing woman, 84, found alive in bushland after 72 hours

Albany Advertiser
Searchers at the police command post.
Camera IconSearchers at the police command post. Credit: Albany Advertiser, Laurie Benson

An elderly woman missing for nearly 72 hours in bushland near Mt Trio in southern WA has been found alive.

Patricia Byrne, 84, was found this morning and is being taken to Albany Health Campus for assessment.

Police said Ms Byrne was weak but communicating with emergency services after spending 72 hours in bushland on the edge of the Stirling Range National Park.

Ms Byrne was last seen at 11.30am on Thursday prompting a massive search involving dozens of police, SES and specialist trackers over ths past three days.

On Saturday, Ms Byrne’s family issued a statement: “Our family appreciate all the efforts of the police, SES volunteers, Parks and Wildlife Service, St John Ambulance, DFES and other volunteers.

“We are very thankful of the love and support from our friends and family. We appreciate the media’s respect of the ongoing police operation.”

More to come.

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