| 04.10,17. 03:50 PM |
Missing mum may still be alive: police
SES members searching areas around the track where it was believed Mrs Curry was jogging earlier this week. Picture: Peter Ristevski
POLICE searching for a missing woman in Aireys Inlet are working on the assumption that she could still be alive.
The search for Elisa Curry continued into a fourth day today with 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.
Police divers may also be called in today to search the water.
The 43-year-old Surrey Hills mother-of-three was last seen on Saturday in Aireys Inlet after watching the AFL Grand Final on TV with neighbours.
Her clothing or other items of belongings have not been found, and her phone goes straight to message bank.
Inspector Peter Seel today said the continuation of the search would be reassessed this afternoon, with thick bush hampering search efforts.
We’re hopeful that she is alive, we’re looking for a live person at the moment,” Insp Seel said.
“Obviously as time goes on it’s less likely that she is alive.”
He said Mrs Curry’s husband, David, who made an emotional plea for help at the search site yesterday, and the couple’s children remained “distressed and worried”.
“They don’t know what’s happened and we can’t give them the answers at the moment, which is sad,” he said.
When Mr Curry returned to the family’s holiday home on Sunday morning she could not be found.
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.
“We will be out again today looking at inland and coastal areas trying to locate her.”
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 had some personal struggles in recent years, and had previously sought time alone.
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.