Found! Constance alive and well after nine-day search
UPDATE, 5AM: AGONY turned to ecstasy last night when Redbank woman Constance Cafarella was found alive and well after a nine-day search.
The 23-year-old was found in Bellbird Park just before 6pm after police received a tip-off from a member of the public who had seen her walking the streets in a disoriented state.
She appeared to be dehydrated and suffering from exposure after spending time in the elements and was taken to Ipswich Hospital for observation.
Ms Cafarella went missing from her Redbank home on Brisbane Rd around midday on January 26.
Local police had worked in conjunction with the SES, water police, mounted police, trail bike police, Rescue 500 and Pol Air in a search that left no stone unturned.
Police inspector Keith McDonald was a delighted man when he told the QT the good news last night.
"I am absolutely ecstatic," he said. "It is fantastic that she has been located alive and well. Everyone has got the best possible outcome.
"We received a telephone call from a member of the public just before 6pm at Bellbird Park to say that they had observed a female who appeared to be disoriented walking the street.
"They also believed the person was wearing clothing similar to that of the missing person that police and the SES were looking for.
"So a unit that was close by attended, and identified and confirmed that she was in fact Ms Cafarella."
Ms Cafarella's husband Andrew Scrivener was notified last night that his wife had been found.
Mr Scrivener had told the QT on Monday how much his wife meant to him when he made a heartfelt plea for her to come home.
"I want her to know I and her family love her a lot," he said. "We are certainly going to support her through whatever difficulties she is going through."
Police were just in the process of scaling back the search last night when the wonderful discovery was made.
Insp McDonald praised all of those involved in the search for their diligence and care.
"I am proud of the volunteers who gave up their time to search for Constance, and I am proud of the police officers and the police resources we have used," he said.
"I am also impressed with the information that we have received from the public.
"I would also like to thank the Queensland Times and local media for their reporting on this matter and for not letting it be forgotten about.
"I know the volunteers and searchers didn't find her, but their work wasn't in vain.
It gives encouragement to everybody that there is always hope."
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TUESDAY, 6AM: The search for missing Redbank woman Constance Cafarella is expected to be ramped up this morning with water and air searches to resume.
Ipswich police and state emergency service volunteers continued searching for the missing Redbank woman yesterday. Police door-knocked areas of Riverview and Redbank Plains, within a 2km radius of the last confirmed sighting of Ms Cafarella nine days ago.
As the search continues, police are growing increasingly concerned for the missing woman's welfare, but remain hopeful of finding her alive and well.
Last night, planning was under way to recall water police and the Polair helicopter to search sections of the Bremer river and creeks searched only days ago.
Ipswich District inspector Keith McDonald said the missing woman's husband, Andrew Scrivener, was surrounded by family.
"He is fairly distraught. He has got family around him," he said.
Insp McDonald remained hopeful of locating Ms Cafarella, despite her last known appearance was over a week ago.
"Absolutely, but obviously given it's a long time since she may have eaten or drank anything "
The 23-year-old was last seen on Smiths Rd, Redbank, at 1pm last Sunday.
Yesterday 50 SES volunteers resumed the search in a narrowed area, door knocking residential homes.
More than 100 SES volunteers continued the search on Saturday and Sunday.
She was last seen wearing blue long pants, a red scarf and top.
Ms Cafarella is described as Caucasian, about 155cm tall with a slim build and brown hair.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.