Search’s sad end

By Ashleigh Fielding | posted on May 15, 2019

THE body believed to be that of missing Mandurah woman Lorjie Bautista, who did not return from her ascent up Bluff Knoll in the Stirling Range National Park last Tuesday, was recovered by authorities seven days later this week on Tuesday evening.

The discovery was made a few hours after footage identifying Ms Bautista near Bluff Knoll’s northern face on May 7 emerged online on Tuesday afternoon.

Police confirmed early Wednesday morning that the body had been located the night before near the foot of a steep incline in a dense bush area on the northern face of Bluff Knoll, far away from public access trails.

Ms Bautista was last seen at 4am near Bluff Knoll on May 7, according to police.

A week-long search ensued and involved State Emergency Service volunteers, police, the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions, drones, helicopters and a WA Police Tactical Response Group.

It is believed Ms Bautista went without shelter for seven days.

The Bluff Knoll Road car park and walk trail will remain closed to the public during the police operation until further notice.



Photo: courtesy ABC Great Southern