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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

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Fresh bid to find Cumbrian woman last seen in Australia 15 years ago

Detectives are to revisit the site where a backpacker who vanished in Australia nearly 15 years ago was last seen.

Celena Bridge photo
Jonathan Webb with a photo of Celena Bridge

Officers say they will also look into all those living and camping there at the time as the inquiry continues into the disappearance in the outback of Celena Bridge during a holiday Down Under.

Miss Bridge lived at Ainstable in the Eden Valley and was 28 when she went missing in 1998.

An investigation was launched after the conservation worker failed to meet her partner, Jonathan Webb, at Brisbane Airport.

She was last seen in the town of Conondale in Queensland after apparently setting off for a bird-watchers’ meeting.

Police in Australia reopened the cold case last July, appealing for information about the disappearance of Miss Bridge and another woman the following year.

Officers are also aiming to find the remains of a murdered 15-year-old schoolgirl.

Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards told Australian newspaper the Sunshine Coast Daily: “We will be revisiting the site where Celena Bridge was last sighted and reviewing all the people living and camping in the area at the time.”

It was also reported officers had been speaking to people with links to a man convicted of the murder of the 15-year-old schoolgirl.

Miss Bridge was described as easy-going and friendly. She was also an experienced hiker.

Her fiancee reported her missing after the environmental science graduate failed to meet him when he arrived in Australia. It was initially thought she had died in an accident but murder was later suspected.

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