Same-sex marriage text twist in missing mum mystery
FRESH details have emerged of how mother Elisa Curry spent the last day before she vanished on the Great Ocean Road, providing investigators insight into the missing woman's state of mind.
The Herald Sun can reveal Mrs Curry, 43, contacted the newspaper in the hours before she disappeared from Aireys Inlet overnight Saturday.
Records show Mrs Curry sent the Herald Sun a text message at 2.21pm on Saturday to express her views on the same-sex marriage debate.
WHAT WE KNOW
• Elisa Curry was last seen on Saturday night at 10pm in Aireys Inlet
• Her husband and children were in Melbourne at the Grand Final
• She sent a text message to the Herald Sun just before the bounce
• Police believe she may have gone for a run on Sunday morning
• Ms Curry may have used bush tracks or ran on beach, police say
• She has not been seen since
• Her husband issued an emotional plea for her to return home
"You should know what you are voting for before you cast your vote," the Letter to the Editor said. "Thank you John Howard for being forthright and honest in what has been a vicious campaign largely run by extremists.
"I love and respect gay people and they deserve better than this."
The former economist has been a regular contributor to newspaper debates.
Described by friends as highly intelligent, the Surrey Hills woman has written of women's financial security, the destigmatisation of substance abuse and the rights of stay-at-home mothers.
After sending the message, the mother of three then watched the AFL Grand Final with neighbours and celebrated Richmond's win into the evening.
A woman who lives nearby has told police she was with Mrs Curry at the family's Aireys St holiday house and Mrs Curry was preparing for bed.
Mrs Curry had messaged her husband, David, who had been with couple's children at the football.
When Mr Curry arrived at the beach house the next day, there was no sign of his wife.
The search for the missing mum will enter its fifth day on Thursday, with divers possibly called in to scour the ocean tomorrow following her mysterious disappearance.
Day four of the search saw a focus on car parks, cliffs and the remote coastal trails she was known to run along.
Authorities are also investigating the possibility she may have been swept out to sea.
Victoria Police Inspector Peter Seel on Wednesday said police were fighting against the clock in the search for Ms Curry, who was last seen by a neighbour about 10pm on Saturday.
"We're hopeful that she is alive, we're looking for a live person at the moment," Insp Seel said on Wednesday morning. "Obviously as time goes on, (it's) less likely that she's alive."
Inspector Seel believed Mrs Curry disappeared after going for a run.
"Unfortunately we don't know which way she may have gone," he told 3AW this morning.
"It could have been toward the seaside to Aireys Inlet or bush tracks. She was known to run a fair bit to Lorne and back."
Insp Seel said if someone fell from a cliff they could be dragged out to sea or become trapped under rocks.
"It is possible that it could be dragged out. It depends on where they fell … if it was into rocks, the body could be caught within rocks under water," he said.
Insp Seel said there have not been any sightings of Mrs Curry since Saturday.
Her husband yesterday made an emotional plea for her to come home.
Mr Curry said the children were missing their mother.
"I, my kids, want her to come home," he said. "Elisa, if you are out there, can you please contact us. If anyone has seen anything can you please contact us. Thank you."
Mrs Curry had watched the Grand Final at the house in Aireys Inlet, celebrating the Tigers' win into the evening with neighbours.
Friends have described Mrs Curry - known to friends as Lisa - as a "lovely person" and the family has told police her disappearance was out of character.
Mrs Curry has experienced some personal struggles in recent years but friends said she appeared to be in "good spirits" over the weekend.
She had previously sought time alone, but police were considering her disappearance to be out of character.
Mr Curry works at the Australian Leisure and Hospitality Group as the Head of Regulatory and Corporate Affairs.
Her pet dog, a black labrador, was initially thought to have been with her but was found in a neighbouring yard in a distressed state but uninjured.
It's not known whether Mrs Curry went for a run at some time between Saturday night and Sunday morning, as originally suggested by police.
Mrs Curry is understood to be an avid runner who has competed in marathons.
Inspector Seel said there was no indication Ms Curry went running on Saturday night, and if she did go for a run it was more than likely on the Sunday morning.
"The dog was missing but we believe it was just roaming the street and was located near a house that the dog knew," Inspector Seel said.
He said police had not ruled out foul play and that the chances of finding Mrs Curry depended on what had happened "and whether she's disoriented, lost or injured".
"It's all very much dependent on the circumstances," Inspector Seel said.
"We are looking at either a missing person or foul play."
He said police were also searching across the coastal area.
"We are not discounting ... that she may have gone down to the beach and something has happened down there," he said.
Mr Curry and the couple's young daughters and son have been comforted by police, while friend continue pleas for information on social media.
"I love you sweety and pray you are safe," Jon Minney wrote.
Tina Aslanidis wrote: "Please come back to us Elisa. I will pray so much that you do. I have missed you heaps my friend."
Friend Jon Minney said he last received text messages from Mrs Curry on Friday night and she appeared to be in "good spirits".
He said Mrs Curry was an intelligent woman, educated in law and economics, and a reliable friend.
"She was always there for her friends, especially her girlfriends in need," Mr Minney said.
Police, SES volunteers and the air wing searched the immediate area on Sunday but failed to find her.
Resident Ethel Sharp, who lives a few houses down from the holiday makers, said the tight-knit coastal community was shocked by the news.
"We'd seen her walking the dog about quite a bit. She seemed like a lovely woman," she said.
"It is disturbing for everyone in the area to deal with. I can't imagine what that poor family is going through."
Mrs Curry is described as 167cm tall with an athletic build, brown eyes and brown shoulder length hair.
It is not known what clothing she might be wearing.
Anyone with information is urged to phone 000, Lorne police on 5289 2712 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.