UPDATE 12 noon:

NEWS that missing Gympie woman Bianca Gawne has been found has turned a family's utter despair into elation today.

Speaking at the Gympie police station today, Bianca's parents, grandmother and brother could not hide their relief at knowing their 'beautiful, quiet girl', who was missing for nine days, is safe. 

 "We just want to get you, cuddle and kiss you," Bianca's grandmother Roslyn Lewis said in an emotional address. 

Bianca's whereabouts have not been released, but Gympie CIB Detective Sergeant Rob Lowry could confirm the 20-year-old woman was speaking with police face-to-face somewhere in Queensland.

He said it was unlikely she had come into a police station of her own accord. 

Missing Gympie woman Bianca Gawne has been found.
Missing Gympie woman Bianca Gawne has been found. Contributed

The breakthrough follows a phone call Bianca made to a police hotline yesterday morning which prompted police to urge her to make contact again, with the promise to respect her right for her location to remain anonymous. 

It was the first concrete lead the police had secured since Bianca disappeared last Wednesday evening from the Noosa Rd property at Tandur she shares with extended family.

As the circumstances of her disappearance remain a mystery at this early stage, the family, who have lived through a week of sleepless nights and have not yet spoken to Bianca, are just focused on one thing.

"Bianca we are just so glad you made contact," Roslyn told media at the Gympie police station today.

"If there are any problems we can sort it out. We just want to get you, cuddle and kiss you. We're just so grateful - we know she's safe."

She said it had been impossible for the family to get on with life until they had answers, but now they knew she was safe they could. 

RELIEF: Brother Darcey Lewis, father Neville Gawne, mother Priscilla and grandmother Roslyn Lewis were overwhelmed with relief on hearing their missing family member, 20-year-old Gympie woman Bianca Gawne has been found safe.
RELIEF: Brother Darcey Lewis, father Neville Gawne, mother Priscilla and grandmother Roslyn Lewis were overwhelmed with relief on hearing their missing family member, 20-year-old Gympie woman Bianca Gawne has been found safe. Renee Albrecht

Bianca's father Neville Gawne who traveled to Gympie with Bianca's mother from their St George home earlier in the week, said they had no other resolution in mind than to hear from their daughter. 

"We're just hoping to make contact with Bianca and give her some big loving hugs from all of us. We'll go from there and let it sort itself out."

The family also showed immense gratitude towards police for their determination in seeking answers and working with the family so closely.

They could offer no explanation as to why Bianca would leave the family home or her much-loved horse Rebel.

"It was way out of her character because she's a beautiful quiet girl and just to vanish without telling anyone...if she takes her horse for a walk she leaves a note," Roslyn said. 

The Gympie Times expects an update as the investigation wraps up. 

 

UPDATE 11.35am: 

MISSING Gympie woman Bianca Gawne has been found and is speaking to police. 

Police have just confirmed the 20-year-old, who was missing for more than a week, is now speaking to police in person somewhere in Queensland. 

Gympie CIB Detective Sergeant Rob Lowry said details were still emerging. 

"The exact circumstances how this developed is unknown to me," he said. 

Ms Gawne's family are about to address the media. 

 

UPDATE:

MISSING Gympie woman Bianca Gawne is alive.

Police confirmed this morning the 20-year-old, who has been missing for more than a week, made a phone call to Queensland police yesterday morning.

Gympie CIB Detective Sergeant Rob Lowry said investigations into Ms Gawne's whereabouts is continuing.

"Although there's been some positive news we need to make sure that Bianca is safe and well before we close the investigation," he said.

He said the phone call was made to police by a woman claiming to be Ms Gawne, and although there have been prank phone calls in missing persons investigations in the past, that has been ruled out in this case.

READ: 'She's just vanished': Family's horror as answers fall short

He said police are urging Ms Gawne to make contact again and attend a police station to speak with an officer to confirm she is safe and well.

Detectives have made an assurance that her privacy will be maintained and her location will not be disclosed.

More potential sightings of Ms Gawne in the Gympie region that were reported to police were ruled out yesterday.

The Gympie Times is expected to meet with police and Bianca's family today for more information. 

 

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EARLIER: Where is Bianca? Mystery grows as police chase new leads

POLICE divers were continuing their search for missing Gympie woman Bianca Gawne at a Tandur property, alongside investigations into potential sightings of the 20-year-old at the Sunshine Coast.  

Detective Sergeant Rob Lowry of Gympie CIB said police were accessing CCTV footage following reports Bianca, who has been missing for six days, had potentially been seen at a service station.  

He said specialist unit police divers uncovered nothing yesterday afternoon when they searched the dam on the 50 acre Noosa Rd property where Bianca lived with her extended family.  

The divers were continuing to search Six Mile Creek that runs through the property and borders Cobb and Co Nine Mile Camping Grounds today.  

Amid the myriad of unanswered questions, the hollowed face of Daniel Vickers at his property this morning told the story of a family's desperation.  

Police searched this property yesterday for any sign of missing Gympie woman Bianca Gawne
Police searched this property yesterday for any sign of missing Gympie woman Bianca Gawne Jacob Carson

  It has been six days since he and his partner Fiona Delaway have seen their niece Bianca Gawne, the 20-year-old woman who disappeared last Wednesday evening from the Tandur home they share with her.  

   

"It's getting onto day six and we've had no sleep,"

   

Mr Vickers told The Gympie Times this morning, looking shocked from the set of circumstances his family now found themselves in.  

For days the family has been worried sick about Bianca, who was last seen last Wednesday evening between 7 and 8pm before she went to check on her beloved horse Rebel on the property.  

Mr Vickers said it wasn't until the next morning after dropping off their son at school, they noticed Bianca missing.

READ: Divers join search for missing Gympie woman

Her bedroom is separate to the house, and while she was not seen before school drop-off, Mr Vickers said it was not unusual for her to go for a wander and get stuck talking to a neighbour for an hour.  

Detective Sergeant Rob Lowry of Gympie CIB said at a press conference yesterday, vital belongings such as Bianca's mobile phone and bank card were still at the property, but her handbag was missing.  

Police and SES searched the 50 acre Noosa Rd property on the weekend turning up nothing, Mr Vickers before police divers were brought in yesterday to scour the small dam and creek on the property.  

 

  "She's definitely not here," Mr Vickers said, after the diving squad turned up nothing.

Mr Vickers believed there was no reason for the happy-go-lucky girl to run away and couldn't believe she would go this long intentionally without seeing her horse.  

 

"She's had him for four years and she's literally been away for six hours. If she's not with Fiona, she's with the kids and if she's not with the kids she's with the horse."

 

   

Mr Vickers also believed it was not unusual for the handbag, described as a black shoulder bag with white horses on it, to be missing as Bianca kept a drawing book in there and would sometimes take it with her on the property to draw pictures of her horse.  

If Bianca is reading this they want her know:

"Even if you don't want to come home, tell someone you're alright," Mr Vickers said.  

Anyone with information about where Bianca Gawne is is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

  "She's definitely not here," Mr Vickers said, after the diving squad turned up nothing.

Gympie Times


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