Urgent search for missing Queensland woman, 26, ends in tragedy

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The search for a missing 26-year-old woman in Queensland has ended in tragedy, with police finding her dead in her car.

Previously on Thursday, police appealed to the public for help in finding Krissie-Lee Sheridan, from Urangan, a coastal suburb in Hervey Bay.

Ms Sheridan left Urangan on Wednesday about 10.30am (local time) to travel to Blackwater and had not contacted her family since.

Police said the lack of contact with her family was cause for concern as it was out of character.

Krissie-Lee Sheridan is pictured. She was found dead in Queensland after being reported missing.
Krissie-Lee Sheridan left Hervey Bay on Wednesday morning and was found deceased on Friday afternoon. Source: Queensland Police/Facebook

While police could not be sure of the route Ms Sheridan took, police said she would usually drive north on the Bruce Highway to Gracemere and then head west to Blackwater.

Images of Ms Sheridan's white 1995 Toyota Prado were released by the police, along with a photo of her.

But on Friday night police released an update to confirm she had been found.

"The missing woman has been located deceased with her vehicle," Queensland Police said. 

"A report will be prepared for the coroner."

Krissie-Lee Sheridan's Toyota 4WD. She was travelling to Blackwater when she went missing.
Ms Sheridan was travelling to Blackwater in Queensland in her Toyota 4WD. Source: Queensland Police

Mum's public appeal before woman, 26, found dead

The Forensic Crash Unit are now investigating a single vehicle crash north of Gin Gin, about 130km from Urangan.

"A white 4WD was located off the road in Boundary Gully at Kolonga by emergency services crews around 3.20pm this afternoon," police said on Friday.

"The female driver and sole occupant was declared deceased at the scene.

"The woman left Hervey Bay on Wednesday morning to travel to Blackwater."

On Friday before Ms Sheridan was found dead, her mother, Shanyn Pedersen, said her daughter had left to travel for work on the Wednesday and revealed there was footage of her car in Gin Gin.

"She has not touched her email, Facebook or bank accounts since the 8th," Ms Pedersen said on Facebook. 

"This is very out of character. We are extremely concerned."

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