Media release

UPDATE 1 - Concern for welfare - Alice Springs


The search continues for three people missing in the Central Australian outback after they failed to return from a day trip last week. 

Claire Hockridge, 46, Tamra McBeath-Riley, 52, and Phu Tran, 40, were last seen at a unit in Elder Street around 5pm to 8pm on Tuesday November 19.

The three had told friends and family they were going for a drive south of Alice Springs, but failed to return that night and were reported as missing to police on Saturday November 23.

Superintendent Pauline Vicary said police are now calling for public assistance from anyone who had any contact with them in the days leading up to their disappearance, or has seen their vehicle on Tuesday November 19 between 5 and 8pm, to call police.

“We have information which puts the three at that location 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.

“At the time they left, it is believed Claire was wearing blue jeans, a dark blue short sleeved t-shirt and a red patterned bandanna, and Phu was wearing tan coloured cargo shorts with a red t-shirt. We don’t have any information as to what Tamra was last seen wearing.”

Police have released an image of the vehicle the group are travelling in, being a white Mitsubishi dual cab Triton ute with South Australian registration S483 AAI.

The vehicle has a black soft tonneau cover, a front nudge bar with two round lights, a UHF aerial and a black bonnet strip.

A pet grey/blue coloured Staffordshire bull terrier is with the group, and it is not known what supplies of food or water, if any, they had taken with them.

Aerial searches of the Stuarts Well and Owen Springs and Henbury Station area 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 area today.

Anyone with information which can assist police further in their investigation or locating the trio is urged to contact police on 131 444 or report it anonymously via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and reference PROMIS number 9140905.

PFES Media