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BREAKING: The search for missing bushwalker Esther Wallace "wound back" on Thursday night

December 1, 2022

Orange Police Station. Copyright: Orange News Examiner.

By Peter Holmes

Hazardous conditions forced the major land search for missing bushwalker Esther Wallace to be called off on Thursday night.

The Orange News Examiner has been told by NSW Police that the search "wound back" at 7pm.

"The land search will resume tomorrow morning (Friday December 2, 2022)," police said.


By that stage Wallace would have been missing for some 48 hours.

Today's search involved officers attached to Central West Police District along with officers from Police Rescue, PolAir, Rural Crime Investigators in ATVs, NSWPF trail bike riders, assisted by member of the NSW SES, RFS, and staff NSW Forestry and National Parks.

Esther Wallace and an SES vehicle. NSW Police/SES.

Friday's search is expected to have similar resources involved.

SES crew from Bathurst joined Orange SES on Thursday morning in the search for Wallace.

About 8am on Wednesday emergency services responded to reports that a woman had become separated from a companion while bushwalking at Federal Falls through the Mount Canobolas State Recreation Area, approximately 20km southwest of Orange.

Earlier today Paul Beard from SES Orange, who was one of about 30 people involved in the search on Wednesday, said: “We covered a fair bit of ground with PolAir, ATVs [all terrain vehicles] and multiple SES and police vehicles."

“We covered the majority of Federal Falls and Glenwood area."

According to social media posts members of the community headed to Federal Falls and surrounds on Thursday to try and help with the search. Some had taken food and drink in case they located Wallace.

The Orange News Examiner sought more detail from Orange Police Station, however a duty officer was not available late on Thursday night.

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