Media release

Missing foreign traveller found in remote central Australia


Northern Territory Police have located a 29-year-old foreign national woman in the central Desert Region this morning after she went missing on Thursday afternoon.

Police received reports that the tourist had become lost near the Northern Territory / South Australia border after she took the wrong turn when travelling to Uluru.

A land and air search was conducted to locate the woman after her vehicle becoming bogged in a river bed.

Superintendent Drew Slape said “Thankfully, the missing person was located this morning during the air search being conducted from a helicopter. She was conveyed to the Yulara Clinic for a precautionary medical assessment.

“This incident highlights the dangers of travelling unprepared in remote parts of Australia and police urge that all outback travellers undertake appropriate measures in preparation of their planned travel.

“When travelling you should be equipped with adequate communications or a Personal Locator Beacon, sufficient supplies and should be in a suitable vehicle for the terrain that you are planning to travel through.”