Mum appeals for missing Justine
FEARFUL friends and family have flooded the internet with a “come home soon” plea to missing Sunshine Coast girl Justine Jones as hopes of finding the 22-year-old alive begin to fade.
Concerned messages have saturated Justine’s profile on the social networking site Facebook since she was last seen six days ago.
Pleas to the fun-loving girl to contact her family began on Thursday night but peaked on Saturday with a post from her mother Kathleen and older sister Jackie.
“Please be safe,” the 24-year-old Jackie wrote.
The 22-year-old is the subject of a massive police hunt.
Justine was last seen by her flatmate at their Alexandra Headland unit on Wednesday night at 7.45pm.
The search intensified over the weekend when crime scenes were established in at least two residences.
A diminutive and pale Kathleen Jones fronted the media for the first time yesterday after arriving from her home at Narooma on the NSW south coast.
Ms Jones said she and Justine, her youngest daughter, had a date to talk on the night of the third State of 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, flanked by Coast police chief Ben Hanbidge, pleaded for information about the whereabouts of “my darling”.
She said 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. Everyone in the family is thinking similar thoughts. We’ve got hope.”
“Hope’s faded a lot for me, because it’s just so out of character. We’re all hoping but I’m, I’m not ...” Ms Jones said, unable to finish her sentence.
Hopes that Justine might soon be found were raised yesterday after unconfirmed online reports that she had been seen in the Coast area as recently as Sunday.
A person, who was in contact with police, said she had given an unidentified woman money after being asked for some.
Ms Jones said her youngest daughter lost her phone several weeks ago.
She said Justine’s disappearance was extremely unusual, but issued a plea to her daughter.
“To my daughter Justine or anyone out there who knows where my darling is, could she just please call,” Ms Jones said.
“There are no problems, there are no dramas ... please just come home. We all love her and we just want her to come home.”
Supt Hanbidge said Justine was still being treated as a missing person.
He would not comment on items of interest found at Justine’s unit or on reports that the unit had been trashed.
He urged anyone with information to come forward.