Helen BARNETT

      Koumala woman Helen Barnett, 53, is believed to have gone for a walk on a Turnors Paddock Rd property on Sunday and failed to return, sparking a search mission to find her. Picture: Contributed Koumala woman Helen Barnett, 53. Picture: Contributed

 

Search operations continue for missing Koumala woman

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The search for missing Koumala woman Helen Barnett has continued today with police coordinating a land and air search.

Multiple agencies assisted in today’s grid search of dense farmland on the 53-year-old’s Turnors Paddock Road property where she was last seen at around 3pm on Sunday, February 13.

Police have been coordinating search efforts since Helen was reported missing and today saw 27 SES volunteers along with five Rural Fire Service volunteers and police scouring bushland and grasslands, which at times was up to a metre high.

The RACQ CQ Rescue helicopter completed a reconnaissance mission late this afternoon and tomorrow’s land search, expected to be bolstered by thirty new search personnel, will resume from 7am. Drones and quad bikes will also be used in the search.

 

UPDATE 2: Search operations continue for missing Koumala woman

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Queensland police continue to search for missing 53-year-old Koumala woman Helen Barnett after her disappearance near her property on Turnors Paddock Road last month.

Investigators have today reiterated an appeal for information around the circumstances of Helen’s disappearance, establishing she was last seen about 300 metres from her home at approximately 4.20pm, on Sunday, February 13.

The location is about 11 kilometres from the Bruce Highway.

Investigators have also revealed that Helen was last seen wearing a black and white top, shorts, Orthopaedic thongs with dark canvas straps, a shoulder brace and a knee brace. Her hair was also in a ponytail.

Multiple agencies, including SES, Rural Fire Service, and the RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter, have assisted police in the search efforts within the past few weeks.

Police request that anyone who has information regarding seeing Helen Barnett on Turnors Paddock Road on that day or any other information that may lead to her location is asked to contact police.

Search continues for missing woman

Police have launched a fresh appeal for information into the disappearance of a woman on a Koumala property. 
 
Helen Barnett was last seen 300 metres from her home, heading for a walk on her Turnors Paddock Road property, at about 4.20pm on February 13. 
 
The 53-year-old was wearing a black and white top with shorts and thongs, a shoulder and knee brace and her hair was in a pony tail.
Multiple agencies, including SES, Rural Fire Service, and the RACQ CQ Rescue Helicopter, have assisted police in the search efforts within the past few weeks, however Inspector Ian Haughton says despite extensive search efforts, they've been unable to find her.
 
"She doesn't have a car and her phone was left at the home address but we are looking at contacts who she may have contacted and that is ongoing as we speak," Inspector Haughton says. 
 
"We are requesting information from the public for anyone that may have seen or have any information as to her current whereabouts to please contact police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000." 
information regarding seeing Helen Barnett on Turnors Paddock Road on that day or any other information that may lead to her location is asked to contact police.
 
Inspector Haughton says they are calling on anyone who may have information regarding seeing Helen Barnett on Turnors Paddock Road on that day or any other information is being urged to come forward.
 

"This is an appeal to the people who could have been on Turnors Paddock Road at that time between say 4pm and 6pm on Sunday 13th February 2022." 

Koumala woman Helen Barnett reported missing after not returning from walk

There are growing concerns for the safety of missing woman Helen Barnett, as the police search enters its third week. Police are calling for any information that might help.

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There are major fears held for the safety of a missing Koumala woman as the search for her enters its third week.

Helen Barnett has not been seen since she set out for a walk at her Turnors Paddock Rd property the afternoon of Sunday, February 13.

Ms Barnett, who suffers an undisclosed medical condition, is believed to have gone for a walk, and concerns are growing for her safety and health the longer she is not found.

Inspector Ian Haughton said the initial search had focused on the area around Turnors Paddock Rd, and renewed appeals to the wider Koumala area for any information that could help find her.

“An extensive land search in and around that area has failed to locate Helen, so we’re requesting information from the public for anyone that may have seen, or have any information as to her current whereabouts,” he said.

“It’s concerning because of some medical conditions that Helen had, and to put it bluntly, we’re not giving up but we’d like to locate Helen.”

Ms Barnett was wearing shoulder and knee braces at the time she left her house on February 13, with a witness reporting to police confirming she was dressed in a black and white top, shorts and orthopaedic thongs.

Dense scrub and rugged terrain hampered the search on the 80-plus hectare property.

But the search areas have now been exhausted, and Inspector Haughton said police had no new leads.

“She doesn’t have a car, her phone was left at the home address, but we’re looking at contacts and who she may have contacted and that’s ongoing as we speak,” he said.

“Someone’s already come forward to identify that they saw her at that time on that Sunday afternoon, but we’re wondering if there is anyone else in the area who may be able to assist.”

An exhaustive search effort on February 19 included 50 SES people and police divers who scoured nearby waterways but failed to find any sign of Ms Barnett.

About 20 volunteers continued the search on February 20, and Australian Defence Force personnel using drones and aerial surveillance including the CQ Rescue helicopter have also been involved in the operation.

Inspector Haughton said he hoped help from the public would give the inquiry a new angle.

Previously, Ms Barnett’s neighbour of 11 years Shannon Wajeski said he could not believe it when he received advice from police to check his shelters and sheds for his missing neighbour, so shortly after Ms Latimore’s death.

Mr Wajeski said during his time, the community had never experienced anything like the events of the past six months.

“We had some really big bushfires a few years back, and the whole community rallied together, everyone was in everyone’s backyard helping out,” he said.

Mr Wajeski said rallying for a fire was second nature to his community.

“But how do you do it for this?” he said.

“The main thing now is to try and find [Helen].”

District Duty Officer Tony McDowell said they had requested the military’s help to find the 53-year-old, who came equipped with drones and ATVs.

He said they stood down the SES to give them a break. But the search did not prove fruitful.

Police searched more than five square kilometres on land and 15sq km in the air using drones and the RACQ CQ helicopter.

A police spokeswoman described the property as remote and rural, “bound by large properties that contain heavy bush land, thick vegetations and vast fields of long grass”.

The spokeswoman said rural property owners in the area were being asked to check their yards, sheds and shelters.

Friend Michelle Cain, who has known Ms Barnett for 38 years, has pleaded with people in the area to keep searching.

“Please keep checking your properties,” Mrs Cain said.

“To the Koumala community, I appreciate all their help but Helen is still missing and I need my friend found.

“If there is anything unusual, people call police. I am so overwhelmed by the police and SES and community for their efforts in finding Helen.”

Ms Barnett is described as caucasian, about 168cm tall with a proportionate build and light brown hair.

Anyone with information in relation to Helen’s whereabouts is asked to immediately contact police.