/Body found on Bluff Knoll in search for missing mother

Body found on Bluff Knoll in search for missing mother


May 14, 2019 21:01:11

A search for a 39-year-old woman missing on Bluff Knoll in Western Australia’s Stirling Ranges for a week has ended with the discovery of a body.

The body was located near the foot of a steep incline in a dense bush area, well away from public access trails, police said.

It is believed to be that of Mandurah mother Lorjie Bautista, who went to Bluff Knoll before first light last Tuesday, but failed to return.

Family members alerted police and a search for her began on Thursday.

Since then up to 60 emergency workers and volunteers have been scouring dense bushland around Bluff Knoll.

The search team included specialist crews that abseiled down rock faces, while helicopters and drone operators carried out aerial searches.

A tracker dog was also brought in.

Police raised serious concerns for Ms Bautista’s welfare, particularly as near-freezing temperatures have been recorded in the area at night.

The Bluff Knoll walking trail, along with the Bluff Knoll Road and carpark, were all closed to the public during the search.

They will now remain closed until further notice.