Missing woman Casey Ave was found in Deniliquin on Wednesday.By Cass Savellis
The power of social media and local kindness has been proven after missing woman Casey Ave was found in Deniliquin on Wednesday.
The 23 year-old was reported missing from Carrum Downs, Victoria on Monday, October 14 and police had released information that her bank account had been used in Deniliquin among other places.
A Facebook campaign was started by Casey’s family in an effort to find her, and was shared around Deniliquin.
The campaign led to Deniliquin’s Georgia Henderson and Ashleigh Jacobsen recognising Casey and reuniting her with her family.
Miss Jacobsen had seen Casey’s missing car and Miss Henderson then took on the task of locating her.
‘‘Earlier in the week I saw people sharing the Facebook page of Casey missing, I had a look at it and saw how desperate her friends and family were just to know if she was safe and well,’’ she said.
‘‘I thought how horrible it would be having a family member missing and the helplessness of not knowing.
‘‘On Wednesday I saw Ashleigh Jacobsen had posted a photo on Facebook of Casey’s car down the street; one of my friends had also shared it.
‘‘I was down the street and had some time to spare so thought I would have a bit of a drive around and see if I could spot the car, not thinking I actually would.
‘‘I thought ‘where would I go if I was in Deni and wasn’t from here?’ and that’s when I thought of the river.
‘‘I went towards McLean Beach and noticed the car parked in front of a motel room at the Riverview Motel and was shocked.
‘‘I went straight to the police station and told them. They told me they had had two sightings earlier in the day but still hadn’t found her.
‘‘I guess this all shows the power and effectiveness of social media – if it wasn’t for the Facebook page and Ashleigh Jacobsen’s post then I never would have known she was missing.’’
Deniliquin Police confirmed Casey was reunited with family in Deniliquin.
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