Missing woman's store closes as search continues

STILL NO WORD: Missing Newtown woman Barbara Troughton.
STILL NO WORD: Missing Newtown woman Barbara Troughton. Contributed

A WOMAN who disappeared from Toowoomba more than a month ago could be interstate.

Toowoomba police and detectives are working with their interstate counterparts in an effort to locate Newtown woman Barbara Troughton, reported missing from her home the morning of January 27.

Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCusker said Mrs Troughton may have travelled interstate and despite a number of reported sightings, officers were yet to confirm her location.

"We are following up all calls to Crime Stoppers regarding reported sightings," he said.

Mrs Troughton was formally reported as missing by her husband Ray McCaul after her employees noticed she failed to turn up to work the morning of January 27.

She had owned the Spar supermarket on Herries St which, according to Mr McCaul, had fallen on hard times over the Christmas and New Year period.

Mr McCaul said the shop had seen a sharp downturn in trade during that time and the landlords had this week taken back possession of the store.

He appealed for anyone who saw Mrs Troughton to contact police, particularly any witnesses who may have seen her in the passenger seat of a 4WD or ute on West St about 8am that day.

The investigation remains a missing person case but concerns are growing for her welfare with each day she is missing.

Police confirmed her bank accounts have not been accessed and her handbag with personal documents was left behind.

She is believed to have links with far North Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria.

Tasmanian and Victorian police last week issued a missing persons bulletin appealing for any information on Mrs Troughton's whereabouts to be reported to Crime Stoppers.

She is described as Caucasian in appearance and around 163cm tall with reddish-brown hair and green eyes.

Topics:  barbara troughton crime stoppers missing person police toowoomba

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