UPDATE: Body of woman missing in flood water located - Central West

Monday, 24 October 2022 12:30:51 PM

The body of a woman has been located following a multi-agency search in the state’s Central West.

About 11pm yesterday (Sunday 23 October 2022), emergency services were called to Cooyal Creek at Gulgong, approximately 30km north of Mudgee, after reports a vehicle had been swept into flood waters.

Inquiries revealed a Toyota Kruger was travelling west along Spring Creek Road, when it was swept off the causeway.

The driver, a 45-year-old man, and two male passengers – aged 43 and 26 – escaped the vehicle and made their way to safety.

A third passenger – a woman aged in her 20s - reportedly also got out; however, could not be located.

Officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District, assisted by the State Emergency Service (SES), Rural Fire Service (RFS) and Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) conducted land and water searches. The Toll Rescue Helicopter also attended to assist.

The multi-agency search continued about 7am today (Monday 24 October 2022) and the body of a woman was located on the riverbank about 9.50am.

While she is yet to be formally identified, it is believed to be that of the missing 28-year-old woman.

A report will be prepared for the information of the Coroner.

Roads in the area remain closed due to flooding, and motorists are urged to check www.livetraffic.com prior to travelling.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.