Kathleen Jones appeals to the public for help into relation to her missing daughter with local police chief Supt Ben Hanbidge. Photo: Cade Mooney
Kathleen Jones appeals to the public for help into relation to her missing daughter with local police chief Supt Ben Hanbidge. Photo: Cade Mooney

Mum in tearful plea for Justine

THE mother of missing Sunshine Coast girl Justine Jones says her hopes of finding her daughter alive have faded.

Kathleen Jones faced the media today to plea for public help after her 22-year-old daughter’s was last seen alive six days ago.

The mother-of-two said she and her youngest daughter Justine had a date to talk on the night of the third Queensland/New South Wales Origin game last week.

That call never came.

“I spoke to her over a week ago on a Sunday and I expected her to ring me on the Wednesday night when the state of origin was on,” Ms Jones said.

“She never rang me and that was the last anyone has ever heard of her.”

Ms Jones, who was flanked by Coast superintendent Ben Hanbidge, pleaded for information on the whereabouts of “my darling.”

She told media she had been plagued with fears when asked what she thought had happened to her daughter.

“Every mother’s thoughts that you don’t want to think of,” Ms Jones said.

“The weekend’s gone past, now I’m really scared. I’m very scared. And I don’t know how ….

“Everyone in the family is thinking similar thoughts. We’ve got hope,” she said.

An extensive police search across the Sunshine Coast for Justine Jones began on the weekend.

Police spent two days carrying out forensic tests at the unit she shared with another girl at Alexandra Headland and the home of a male friend who was with her on the night she disappeared.

Supt Hanbidge said Ms Jones was still being treated as a missing person.

He would not comment on items of interest found at the missing woman’s Alexandra Headland address or reports Ms Jones’ unit had been trashed.

He urged anyone with information on Justine’s disappearance to come forward, saying the 22-year-old was known to frequent Mooloolaba nightclubs.

Mother Ms Jones said her daughter was just starting to “become a young woman”.

“She’s starting to find out she can enjoy herself and do things and go out and have fun. She’s a great kid.”

Anyone with information on Justine or who may have seen her in the last six days is urged to call Maroochydore Police Criminal Investigation Branch on 5475 2429 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Sister fears the worst

A DISTRAUGHT Sunshine Coast woman whose younger sister has been missing for almost five days says she fears the worst.

Justine Jones, who has been missing since last Wednesday night, has been the subject of an extensive police search across the Coast throughout the weekend.

She was last seen by her flatmate at their Alexandra Headland unit.

Her older sister Jackie Jones yesterday told the Daily it was completely out of character for the 22-year-old not to make contact with family and friends for any length of time.

Her anxious mother Kathleen arrived on the Sunshine Coast last night after travelling from Narooma, on the NSW south coast.

An emotional Jackie said she had moved to the Sunshine Coast five years ago and Justine had followed about a year ago.

“She just wanted to get out of our home town, she wanted a new life experience, so she moved up,” she said.

Kathleen Jones said she and husband Michael were desperate for any information about their daughter.

“I'm just praying and hoping she might have gone for a holiday but it's so strange not to call her family and friends,” she said.

“Facebook, for that generation, it's their right arm, she hasn't been on that at all.

“It doesn't look right.

“She's come up to the Sunshine Coast to have fun, get a job and do the Queensland thing.”

Jackie said her sister's flatmate had told her she left their apartment at Silver Sands, on Boolarong Crescent, before 8pm Wednesday and did not return until the next morning.

She believed Justine had been drinking with a male friend at the time.

“Her flatmate came home the next morning and Justine's bedroom door was closed. She just assumed she was in bed sleeping off a hangover.

“She went to work. When she got home the lounge room still looked like there had been a party the night before and she thought it was strange.

“She called me.”

Jackie said they then looked in Justine's bedroom.

“It didn't look good – quite unsavoury to me,” she said.

She had last seen her sister on Tuesday.

Justine, who had worked at the Sports Bar at Alexandra Headland for about six months until two weeks ago, had been handing out resumes at Sunshine Plaza.

Kathleen said she spoke to her daughter last Sunday.

“I'm one of those parents, she knows she can ring me if she needs anything at all,” she said.

“I'm just hoping, God forbid, she's in a hospital. Wherever she is, it's just not right.”

A neighbour of the missing girl said police had sealed off her unit and told her flatmate to move out.

He said he saw officers removing several bags of evidence and carry out forensic tests on parts of the building, including the stairwell.

“She seemed to be a very nice, quiet sort of girl.”

Justine was last seen wearing black tracksuit pants and a white t-shirt.

Anyone with information which could help the police investigations should phone Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.


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