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Hunt continues for three people in central Australian desert

Hunt continues for three people who haven’t been seen for 10 days after driving into the central Australian desert for an afternoon trek

  • 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 

Three people are missing in central Australia after failing to return from a day trip south of Alice Springs.

Claire Hockridge, 46, Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, and Phu Tran, 40, were last seen at a unit in Elder Street in the town on November 19.

The three had told friends and family they were going for a drive but failed to return that night.

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

A police search has so far failed to find them.

Superintendent Pauline Vicary said police were now calling for public assistance from anyone who had any contact with them in the days leading up to their disappearance.

‘We have information which puts the three at that location (Elder St) during this time and we would like to speak with anyone who has any information which may assist us, this includes anyone who lives or work in the area and has dash cam or CCTV,’ Supt Vicary said on Friday.

At the time they left, Ms Hockridge was wearing blue jeans, a dark blue short sleeved t-shirt and a red patterned bandanna and Mr Tran had on tan coloured cargo shorts with a red t-shirt.

There is no information as to what Ms McBeath-Riley was wearing.

They were travelling in a white Mitsubishi dual cab Triton ute with South Australian registration S483 AAI and had a Staffordshire bull terrier with them.

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

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

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

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

It is not known what supplies of food or water they took for the trip.

Aerial searches of the Stuarts Well, Owen Springs and Henbury Station areas have been conducted by police during the past two days, but have not located the vehicle.

Police will continue to conduct aerial searches of the Finke, Santa Teresa and Chambers Pillar areas on Friday.

Read more at DailyMail.co.uk


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