Desperate search launched for trio and their pet American Staffy named Raya who have been missing in the central Australian desert for 10 days
- Two women and man have been missing in Northern Territory desert for ten days
- Claire Hockridge, Tamra McBeath-Riley and Phu Tran left town on November 19
- The trio have not been seen or heard from since leaving Alice Springs last week
- Women’s daughter said it was abnormal for them to not contact family or friends
A desperate search is underway for three people who haven’t been seen for 10 days after driving into the central Australian desert for an afternoon trek.
Alice Springs women Claire Hockridge, 46, and Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, left the city on November 19 along with South Australian man Phu Tran, 40, and a blue American Staffordshire Terrier named Raya.
They told others they were planning on taking a trek just outside of Alice Springs, NT News reported.
A desperate search has been launched for three people including Alice Springs women Claire Hockridge and Tamra McBeath-Riley (pictured together) who have been missing since November 19
Police were alerted to their disappearance on November 23 and immediately launched a search party.
An aerial search of the Stuarts Well and Owen Springs areas, south of Alice Springs, was conducted on Tuesday but didn’t locate any sign of the trio.
The daughter of Miss Hockridge and Miss McBeath-Riley, Teagan Eden-Street, told Daily Mail Australia it was not like her mother and step-mother to not contact family.
‘It is not abnormal for our mum’s to go for a trek, it is abnormal for them to be out of contact with everyone,’ she said.
‘At the least their close friends in Alice know their movements on a normal day.’
The women and South Australian man Phu Tran (pictured) left Alice Springs with an American Staffy named Raya for an afternoon trek on November 19 but have not been seen or heard from since
Ms Eden-Street also took to social media pleading with anyone who could help locate her mother and step mother.
‘Our mum and step-mum have not been seen or heard from since Tuesday 19th November, when they were scheduled to do an afternoon trek within roughly a 200km radius of Alice Springs,’ she wrote.
‘We are working with local emergency services and appealing for any information the public may have.’
The area the trio were headed to is only a 90 minute drive from Alice Springs. and Northern Territory Police hold grave fears for the safety of the trio.
‘The group are believed to be travelling in a late model white Mitsubishi Triton, possibly with SA registration and had a white dog on board,’ a statement read.
It’s believed the number plate on the Mitsubishi Triton is 483AAI, ABC News reported.
‘Police hold concerns for the group as it is unusual for them not to be in contact with family members, and encourage anyone who may have information which may assist with investigations to contact them.’
The trio were last heard from as they headed south toward Stuarts Well and Owen Springs (pictured) which are less than two hours drive from Alice Springs