Three years on, and mystery over missing woman remains
WHILE her husband slept, Carol Anderson left her home at the Palms Caravan Park on Dry Dock Road in Tweed Heads at 1.41pm on November 11, 2011.
Today, Mrs Anderson's whereabouts are still unknown.
Tweed Byron LAC Detective Inspector Brendon Cullen said while it's disappointing to have not resolved the matter, police haven't given up on Mrs Anderson.
"A lot of people go missing every year," Insp Cullen said.
"A lot are never found again, but many are."
Insp Cullen said police take all missing person matters seriously.
Insp Cullen said police would continue to assess any new information provided to them.
About 35,000 people are reported missing in Australia each year.
Of that number, more than 95% are located within a week.
Right now, about 1600 people are listed as "long-term" missing persons.
While Carol's husband William still owns their home at the caravan park, it's understood he lives with his son Stephen McGee in Brisbane.
Over a month after Mrs Anderson's disappearance, her estranged son Stephen McGee appealed for information about his mum's whereabouts.
At the time, Mr McGee told the Daily News he was devastated by her disappearance.
"We've been estranged for 10 years, but it doesn't mean I don't care," Mr McGee said.
After her disappearance, police, the State Emergency Service, Rural Fire Service, Volunteer Rescue Association and RACQ Careflight conducted land and river searches, but they found no trace of Mrs Anderson.
If you have any information that could assist police in locating Mrs Anderson contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
- CCTV footage shows Carol Anderson leaving the caravan park in a long white dress at 1.41pm Friday November 11, 2011.
- Nov 14, 2011: various emergency services set up base at the caravan park and disperse to search the vicinity. They are advised to look for possible shelter, after heavy rain on Saturday night.
- Nov 15: RACQ Careflight Helicopter assists with the search.
- Nov 16: After two days of exhaustive land and river searches, police appeal for information on Mrs Anderson.
- Nov 18-19: VRA and SES conduct more searches.
- Dec 17: Mrs Anderson's son speaks to the Daily News.
Carol Anderson was known to suffer from Alzheimer's - giving more reason to fear for her wellbeing.
A spokesperson from Alzheimer's Australia said it's difficult to say how many sufferers of the mind-degenerative disease go missing.
A report on the group's website suggests there are many reasons an Alzheimer sufferer may go missing.
"A person may set off to go to the shops or a friend's house, and then forget where they were going or why," it says.
For more information on Alzheimer's and how to keep sufferers safe, visit fightdementia.org.au