A body believed to be that of a woman missing in regional Western Australia has been found

| 15.05,19. 01:43 AM |

A body believed to be that of a woman missing in regional Western Australia has been found

Lorjie Tonguia Bautista, 38, who was last seen near Bluff Knoll on Tuesday morning. Source: WA Police/ Google Maps (file pic)

Lorjie Tonguia Bautista, 38, was last seen near Bluff Knoll, at Stirling Range National Park, on May 7 at 4am.

Temperatures in the national park reached as low as 2C last week, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

A body, believed to be Ms Bautista, was located near the foot of a steep incline in a dense bush area, well away from public access trails, police said.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the WA Police Force advise that Bluff Knoll Road, carpark and walk trail remain closed to the public due to this police operation until further notice.

Husband’s plea

Mrs Bautista’s husband Arman told Nine News on Sunday he was hopeful his wife would be found alive.

He flew from Mandurah to Albany with the couple’s 15-year-old daughter over the weekend.

"Me and my daughter, we're dying to see her. We hoped they'd find her today (Sunday)," he told Nine News.

Her older sister Dylin Bueno told the Albany Advertiser Mrs Bautista was meant to be flying to the Philippines for her birthday soon.

Video being investigated

Great Southern police acting superintendent Alex Ryan told the West Australian on Tuesday morning police were looking into a video posted on social media to find the missing mum.

“Yesterday afternoon as a result of our ongoing investigation, WA police came into possession of some video footage from social media,” he told the publication.

“The video is believed to have been taken by Lorjie Bautista on the morning of the 7th of May.”

He added the video was believed to have been shot from below the north face of Bluff Knoll looking down towards the carpark.


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