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Drones deployed to locate missing German tourist in Australia

IANS  |  Canberra 

Police in on Thursday deployed drones to help locate a German tourist, who disappeared two days ago.

Monika Billen, 62, was reported on Tuesday, a week after she was last seen by hotel staff in Alice Springs, (NT), reports

Billen was slated to check out of the Desert Palms Resort and catch a flight to Darwin, capital of the NT, on January 5.

said that brochures found in Billen's hotel room suggested she was interested in local walking trails.

She said that Billen was clearly identifiable on footage captured by CCTV cameras outside the hotel on January 1.

Besides the drones, the police have also deployed motorbikes to search popular walking trails around for any sign of the woman.

"We continue to hope that we'll find her alive but we are gravely concerned about the recent hot weather conditions," Vickery said.

Authorities urged tourists and hikers to exercise caution over the New Year's period with temperatures in Central topping 45 degrees Celsius.



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First Published: Thu, January 10 2019. 08:28 IST