Missing hiker Madeleine Nowak, last seen at Great Walk, Fraser Island yesterday.
Missing hiker Madeleine Nowak, last seen at Great Walk, Fraser Island yesterday.

UPDATE: Police release more details on missing hiker

UPDATE: POLICE have identified the missing hiker as 73 year old Madeleine Nowak.

She was last seen at Great Walk, Fraser Island yesterday and had food and clothing with her at the time of her disappearance.

Police are appealing for anyone who may be visiting Fraser Island this weekend to keep an eye out for Ms Nowak.

Searches will resume at first light tomorrow morning, September 19.

EARLIER: AS of 7pm Friday night, police are still searching for the missing hiker on Fraser Island.

A police media spokeswoman told the Chronicle the search would likely be suspended during the night before resuming Saturday morning.

EARLIER: SEARCH and rescue efforts are underway to find a missing 73-year old-female hiker on Fraser Island.

The hiker was last seen at 3pm yesterday with a group of experienced hikers on the Great Walk trail and police were notified she was missing at 7pm last night.

Acting Patrol Inspector Brooke Flood said police immediately began searching for the hiker but the search was suspended at 10pm.

Acting Inspector Brooke Flood. Photo: Stuart Fast
Acting Inspector Brooke Flood. Photo: Stuart Fast

"It recommenced at 6am this morning; we've engaged SES, parks and wildlife rangers and a helicopter to assist in our search," she said.

"There's some quite dense bushland on Fraser Island and around that walking trail, although the hiker is experienced, she's not a local to the island, so that can create challenges."

"We are utilising every resource available to us … we've got people on foot, we've got people on motorbikes, in cars."

"We have notified the public who've been around those trails to assist if needed."

Inspector Flood people visiting Fraser Island to be aware of this missing person, keep an eye out and notify police if they find a 73 year women by themselves.

Police do not currently have any further description of the missing person.

She urged people visiting the island to be prepared with food and water and to stick to the walking tracks.

"If you become lost … the best advice is to stay where you are, police and search and rescue will do their very best to help you," Inspector Flood said.



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