Mystery deepens after missing woman's car found in floodwaters

Kamilia Palu
·News Editor
·2-min read

The search for an elderly woman who has been missing for 10 days has taken a mysterious turn, after her car was found in floodwaters.

Adele Morrison was last seen at a shopping centre in Gloucester after leaving her son’s home in Port Macquarie on March 16.

CCTV captured the 78-year-old driving her red Toyota Corolla through the centre’s car park, though she hasn’t been seen or heard from since.

Adele Morrison's car is seen at a shopping centre in Gloucester.
Adele Morrison was last seen at a shopping centre in Gloucester on March 16. Her car was found on Thursday in floodwaters in Barrington, though there is still no sign of the missing woman. Source: NSW Police

Police pulled Mrs Morrison’s car from the swollen Barrington River in Barrington on Thursday, but found no-one inside.

Mrs Morrison had told her son, Chris, she was only planning on travelling to Gloucester for the day to visit the graves of her son and husband, and would be back home for dinner.

“I know she was going to the Gloucester cemetery, and I know she made it there because there were some fresh flowers found at my brother’s grave,” Adele’s son, Chris Morrison, told the Daily Telegraph three days into her disappearance.

“So at least I know she made it there.”

“She was due home Tuesday night … she didn’t take any gear or anything and she was planning to be home for dinner,” he said.

Mr Morrison said his mother’s phone had stopped working on the day she went missing, and that it goes straight to voicemail “as if it’s out of range or switched off”.

Barrington River
Mrs Morrison's car was found in the Barrington River. Source: File/Trip Advisor

Warning remains for flooded rivers despite sunshine

Though rivers across the state are receding and the sunshine has returned, the Bureau of Meteorology’s Floor Manager has warned NSW residents to stay alert and keep clear of flooded rivers.

"Having high rivers, a sunny weekend, children playing ... is a pretty dangerous combination," Mr Robinson said.

"It's always at the end of the event where people get a bit more relaxed and start to make small mistakes."

The SES said on Friday there had been 12,500 requests for help since last week - 618 in the previous 24 hours - and 1000 flood rescues.

About 500 SES volunteers remain in the field.

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