Friends of a woman missing in Western Australia’s rugged south hope to conduct their own private search after the official effort was suspended.
Victoria McCloy, 22, and Geoffrey Bignell, 20, contacted family on November 22 to advise they had arrived safely at Bald Head in the Torndirrup National Park near Albany, where they planned to spend the weekend camping and fishing.
When they failed to return to Northam, a concerned relative travelled to the coastal peninsula and found their vehicle in a car park.
Victoria McCloy and Geoffrey Bignell (pictured together) camped in a national park on November 22
The pair (pictured together) never returned home and concerned family contacted police
A land and sea search was launched, and Mr Bignell’s body was found on Friday.
The search was called off on Sunday but will resume if authorities receive any fresh information, a police spokeswoman said.
A crowdfunding appeal to pay for a private search for Ms McCloy is one-third of its way to a $30,000 target.
‘Tori’s mother, Rachel, is the sole beneficiary of the funds raised and the money will be used by her in an effort to bring home her only child,’ the organisers said.
A land and sea search was launched, and Mr Bignell’s (pictured with Ms McCloy) body was found on Friday
‘We cannot give up just yet.’
Ms McCloy’s mother took to Facebook last week and claimed ‘as her mother I know she’s gone’, according to the West Australian.
‘I wish I could have hope,’ she wrote.
‘They were doing what they loved and knew the risks involved, Sadly they won’t be coming home safely to me.’
The search was called off on Sunday but will resume if authorities receive any fresh information, a police spokeswoman said