Following a comprehensive review, police have formally suspended the significant search effort in the Waratah area for missing 31 year old Belgium woman, Celine Cremer.
Commander Stuart Wilkinson said today that a major search including police and SES ground crews, specialist swift water rescue personnel, ATVs, drones and the Westpac Rescue Helicopter had been undertaken in the Philosophers Falls area since 27 June, when Celine’s vehicle was located unattended in the carpark.
“Considerable search efforts have been undertaken in difficult terrain and treacherous weather conditions but unfortunately Celine has not been located,” Commander Wilkinson said.
“Expert medical advice has been received that given consideration to poor weather conditions and cool temperatures, Celine could not have survived the conditions she has been exposed to since she was reported missing.”
Commander Wilkinson said that throughout the search period, Tasmania Police had been in constant contact with Celine’s family.
“It’s obviously a distressing situation, and they’re understandably devastated,” he said.
“As we suspend the formal search, I extend our thoughts to Celine’s family and loved ones at this difficult time”.
Commander Wilkinson said that missing person investigations in relation to Celine remained active.
“I’d like to acknowledge everyone involved in this extensive search, with particular thanks to our SES volunteers, who helped us cover a wide expanse of tough terrain – on the ground on foot and on ATVs,” he said.
“Any further information relevant to Celine will be thoroughly followed up and we still hope to bring closure to her family and loved ones.”