Police are searching Byron Bay bushland for a Murwillumbah woman who’s been missing for the past nine months.

42-year-old Thea Liddle

42-year-old Thea Liddle disappeared in November 2019, last seen in Mooball, but wasn’t reported missing to police until January 2020.

Cadaver dogs and police officers are combing the scrubland adjacent to Lighthouse Road today, and will address the media of their findings this afternoon.

Tweed/Byron Police District Commander, Superintendent Dave Roptell, said Thea didn’t have a permanent place of residence, so detectives are searching regular locations where many people are known to set up makeshift campsites in the Byron area.

“Thea lived a very transient lifestyle – shifting from place to place, changing campsites often and would opt for places in remote bushland away from the public,” Supt Roptell said.

“We are conducting thorough searches throughout these locations for any indication of Thea’s presence there.

“It wasn’t uncommon for Thea to travel throughout the Far North Coast, however, is it unusual for her to go this length of time without speaking to family members.

“As we have said before, we are extremely keen to speak to anyone who may have seen or spoken to Thea in late October or early November 2019, in and around the Far North Coast of NSW. Any piece of information may assist investigators,” Supt Roptell said.

Anyone with information about her whereabouts is urged to call Tweed Heads Police Station on 07 55069499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

More information to come.