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Missing Person Week - 2016 disappearance of Christine Young

Tuesday, 02 August 2022 02:01:30 PM

NSW Police is renewing its appeal for information into the disappearance of a woman from the state’s far west six years ago, as part of this year’s Missing Persons Week.

Christine Young, who would now be aged 46, left Broken Hill Hospital at 5pm on Friday 22 April 2016 and was last seen about an hour later wandering into scrubland in the city’s north-western outskirts, near Brookfield Avenue (Silverton Road).

Officers attached to Barrier Police District, with the assistance of the Dog Unit, Polair and volunteers, conducted an extensive land and air search to no avail.

In September 2018, a coronial inquest found that it was likely that Christine had died between Sunday 24 April 2016 and Tuesday 26 April 2016 in the desert scrubland surrounding Broken Hill.

Christine is described as being of Aboriginal/Torres Strait Islander appearance, with an olive complexion, about 165cm - 170cm tall, with black hair and brown eyes. At the time of her disappearance, she was wearing dark tracksuit pants and bright blue joggers.

NSW Police continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding Christine’s disappearance and Detective Inspector Tom Aylett, Crime Manager Barrier Police District, is urging anyone with information to come forward.

“Police have conducted extensive enquiries with the aim to find out what happened to Christine, and are seeking closure for Christine’s family,” Det Insp Aylett said.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be the missing puzzle piece to solving the disappearance of Christine. I urge you to pick up the phone and call Crime Stoppers if you believe you have information which could assist us in our investigations.”

Information is treated in strict confidence. The community is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

Missing Persons Week is an annual national campaign to raise awareness of the issues and impacts surrounding missing persons and runs between Sunday 31 July and Saturday 6 August 2022.

For more information on the campaign visit www.missingpersons.gov.au.