Police ‘none the wiser’ as search of Aireys Inlet fails to find Elisa Curry


The search for a missing mother at Aireys Inlet has entered its third day with still no sign of the avid marathon runner.

Elisa Curry, 42, was last seen by neighbours at 10.30pm on Saturday in the Surf Coast town. 

Senior Sergeant Robert Wilby said Ms Curry’s husband and three young children – aged between seven and 12 – had gone to the AFL grand final on Saturday and returned to the holiday home on Sunday to find her, the family dog and her mobile phone missing.

A neighbour found the black Labrador, normally kept in a yard, roaming the streets on Monday afternoon, but police have not been able to stack-up reported sightings of a running woman in the area.

“We’re none the wiser,” Senior Sergeant Wilby said on Tuesday morning.

“We’ve had snippets of people seeing a woman matching her description north, south, east and west of the area, but we haven’t identified anything concrete in that.”

Police initially said there was a possibility Ms Curry, a seasoned marathon runner, could have gone out for a jog on Saturday night with the dog, but discounted that theory on Monday afternoon.

That’s not to say Ms Curry, from Surrey Hills in Melbourne’s east, did not run her usual route to Lorne early on Sunday, or went for a walk. 

Detectives found nothing to indicate Ms Curry met with foul play with no signs of a break-in at the Aireys Street home. Nor were there obvious health issues that could have led to her disappearance, police said. 

Her bank account and mobile phone, which she had been using to message her family on Saturday night, provided no clues.

A full-scale search has resumed on Tuesday and Inspector Peter Seel said the search zone would be extended from the 12 kilometres they scoured on Monday.

“We’ll be looking at a lot of the tracks that go down to Lorne, also up towards Anglesea,” he said.

“She was known to have run the back tracks from Aireys Inlet to Lorne on a constant basis. If we work on that basis, we have to extend our search.”

Water police have also been called-in to search the beaches.

Anyone with information or sights Ms Curry is urged to phone triple zero.


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