THE mother of missing Alexandra Headland woman Justine Jones said yesterday it was “frightening” knowing the homicide squad was now involved in the search.
Kathleen Jones arrived on the Sunshine Coast on Sunday night after travelling from Nowra in NSW to be with her other daughter Jackie, 24.
Justine, 22, was last seen at her unit on Boolarong Crescent before 8pm on State of Origin night, last Wednesday. She was wearing a white top and black tracksuit pants.
Jackie fears the worst but her mother is still holding hope her daughter will be found alive.
“Police have been wonderful just doing what they can. I'm just hoping for the best, that we can find our little baby and bring her home,” Ms Jones said.
“It would frighten any mother (knowing homicide was involved) but I have faith in the police and the media. Hopefully we can come up with some answers.”
Mrs Jones said she was not aware whether police had any new leads but they were keeping her well informed as the case progressed.
“It's just so frustrating. The worst part is just waiting and waiting to hear news,” she said.
“Police informed us early on that there could be false reports made, people just putting their two cents worth in, but I'm just leaving it to the professionals.
“She's a nice girl and lots of people know her so hopefully we'll get the right information soon.
“But everyone in Queensland has been wonderful and kind.”
Sunshine Coast police superintendent Ben Hanbidge said police were seeking information from residents or anyone who may have seen Justine in Alexandra Parade or Juan Street last Wednesday.
“We spoke with staff at the various nightclubs on Saturday night where she was a regular but nobody has seen her,” Supt Hanbidge said.
“One of our biggest points of concern is that she was a Facebook regular and she has not been on there since last Wednesday.”
Supt Hanbidge said the investigation was still being treated as a missing person's case even though it was seven days since Justine was last seen.
He said there was a fine line between a missing person's investigation and a possible murder investigation.
“We are waiting for results from the forensic examinations,” he said.
Police and Ms Jones' family confirmed the Alexandra Headland woman had been looking for work at the time of her disappearance and had lost her mobile phone several weeks before.
Supt Hanbidge said family and friends had stressed that it was out of character for Justine not to contact her mother or her sister despite not having her mobile phone.
He said Sunshine Coast detectives and the Brisbane homicide squad were working out of the major incident room at Maroochydore.
Anyone with information about Justine is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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