A massive bushland search is now underway for Tasmanian teenager Shyanne-Lee Tatnell who has been missing for almost three months.
She was last seen in an area near Henry St, Launceston, near the North Esk River, on April 30.
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She has not been seen or heard from since.
A major search operation is now underway at the North Esk River and at bushland near Nabowla in the state’s northeast.
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About 160 search and rescue personnel are involved, with a specialist cadaver dog from NSW Police also scouring the North Esk River.
It is the largest search operation in northern Tasmania to date.
More than 20 trained search and rescue personnel, 20 State Emergency Service volunteers, helicopter resources, volunteers on horseback, motorbikes, ATVs, drones and more than 100 Tasmania Police recruits are all involved.
Northern District Commander Kate Chambers said a bushland area of more than 50sqkm is currently being searched in the Nabowla area.
Shyanne-Lee Tatnell, 14, has been missing since April 30. Credit: Supplied
“NSW Police dog handler Senior Constable Chris Hill and a five-year-old cadaver detection dog will be taking part in a search of the North Esk River today in the vicinity of where Shyanne-Lee was last seen,” Chambers said.
Detective Acting Inspector Andrew Hanson said police are following a “specific line of inquiry”.
“In recent weeks, we’ve successfully identified all the vehicles of interest that were captured on CCTV in the Henry St area, travelling towards Launceston, about 9pm on April 30, when Shyanne-Lee was last seen,” he said.
“All drivers have now spoken to police.”
Hanson said the search efforts are a result of police’s commitment to locate Shyanne-Lee and to “act on all information or leads”.
“We are doing everything in our power to make that happen,” he said.
The searches were expected to continue for several days.
Anyone with information is urged to contact police.
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