The body of a woman, believed to missing Queensland teenager Tea Wright-Finger, has been found in bushland more than one month after she vanished, police confirmed on Thursday.
The 19-year-old was last seen in Richmond — almost 500km west of Townsville — on October 16 when she was dropped at her blue Toyota Prado 4WD by a friend. A thorough land and air search followed.
The vehicle — which was reportedly stolen two days before the teen vanished — was found in bushland on Wednesday, and the teen's body was found just over 600m away on Thursday.
Queensland Police said the teen's body was located by a helicopter at around 10:30 am. The death is not being treated as suspicious. A report will be submitted to the coroner.
"Police have spoken to Tea’s family, and we extend our deep condolences to her family and loved ones," Queensland Police said in a statement.
Extensive search after Tea Wright-Finger disappeared
Two days after disappearing, police were able to track Ms Wright-Finger's phone which was switched on "very briefly" in the Flinders River region —close to the Richmond township. But the very next day it began going to message bank, her mother Tracey Wright confirmed in an update on Facebook.
The search for the teen was scaled back recently when no trace of her was found. Last month it was alleged that the Prado she was driving was stolen from Proserpine in north Queensland on October 14.
At the time, Inspector Damien Crosby confirmed the Prado did not belong to someone known to the woman, and was stolen "as a result of a fraud-related offence".
The teen, who worked on a cattle farm, shared a video on TikTok less than two weeks before she disappeared. The clip was inundated with messages from worried friends desperate for her return.
"I don’t feel so good, I want to go home," the caption reads and features pictures of her and snapshots of a rural outback property.
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