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Body believed to be that of Esther Wallace located at 4pm Sunday

December 11, 2022

By Peter Holmes

A body, believed to be that of a woman missing from the state’s central west, has been located in the Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area.

The 47-year-old woman was last seen at Federal Falls at the Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area, approximately 20km southwest of Orange on Wednesday 30 November 2022.

She was reported missing to officers from the Central West Police District who coordinated a multi-agency search to locate her.

Officers were supported by the Police Rescue and Bomb Disposal Unit, PolAir, the Dog Unit, Chifley Rural Crime Investigators, police from neighbouring Districts and Western Region staff as well as the Bush Search and Rescue (BSAR) operators attached to the NSW State Emergency Services, Orange SES, NSW RFS, Cabonne Council, NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, Westpac Rescue Helicopter, Forestry NSW and volunteers.

An image of Esther Wallace on Facebook.

Following an extensive land and air search of the surrounding areas, a body was located just before 4pm today (Sunday December 11, 2022), approximately 2km from where the woman was last seen.

The body is yet to be formally identified but is believed to be that of the missing woman.

The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

It is believed that due to the remote nature of the location, and the difficulty in repatriating the body, police will stay overnight on the mountain. A helicopter is likely to be deployed on Monday.

Wallace was said to be found near a water source.


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