Missing mother Tanya Buckland contacts police
MISSING Warwick woman Tanya Buckland has contacted family, the police and the Daily News in a bid to quell fears for her safety.
Warwick detectives yesterday confirmed that Ms Buckland - who has been missing since mid-August - had recently written to family members telling them she was alive and safe, but had not revealed her actual whereabouts.
Ms Buckland also wrote to the Warwick police in the last week, and the Daily News received an envelope with two self-portrait photos of her, and a note on which was written: "Sorry for the inconvenience".
A spokesman for the Warwick Criminal Investigation Branch which has been assisting in the search for Ms Buckland, said they were satisfied the communications were legitimate, given references made to family members, nicknames and the like.
He said it was pleasing the missing woman had responded to pleas from family and police to at least advise she was safe.
"We are very happy that it's her and we have every reason to be sure that this is a gesture from Tanya to let loved ones know she is still here," the spokesman said.
"We are still keen, however, to actually locate her and anyone who has any information at all we ask to please come forward urgently."
The CIB spokesman said the postmarks on the letters suggested they were mailed from somewhere in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales.
Ms Buckland, 36, was last reported to have been seen in Warwick on August 11 on Palmerin St.
She is described as being Caucasian in appearance, 174cm tall with a proportionate build and has light brown hair.
Ms Buckland has three children and one daughter, 14, lives in Warwick.
Her youngest child is four years old.
Her mother, Sheralyn Buckland, travelled from her home in the United States in early September in a bid to help find her daughter.
"She turned 37 on September 11," Ms Buckland said of her daughter at that time.
"It's been awful.
"Tanya has not accessed her bank account or turned on her mobile phone since going missing.
"She has always contacted us if she needed help.
"But this is different; she's just disappeared. Because Warwick is small, she must be living somewhere else."