Search continues for tourist 10 days after outback disappearance
Northern Territory police have refocused their search for missing German tourist Monika Billen, who has been missing since New Year's Day.
Police today scoured Emily Gap, east of Alice Springs, on motorbikes and using drones, while a helicopter flew overhead looking for any trace of the missing 62-year-old.
Ms Billen was sighted by a witness at the popular tourist spot on the afternoon of January 1, but it's unknown if she stayed the night.
A motorist offered her a lift and dropped her on the corner on Barrett Drive and Tunck Road the following day, but police have been unable to find evidence of her returning to the Desert Palms hotel.
"We have not been able to locate her returning to her room," said Superintendent Pauline Vicary.
"Staff at the resort have been extremely proactive in helping us and have scoured hours of that CCTV camera coverage."
Despite that, at this stage there is no evidence of suspicious circumstances.
"We're still focusing on the search and rescue," said Supt Vicary.
"If we locate any property, or if we are able to lock down a certain area, then we'll start considering doing line searches."
Along with searching Emily Gap today, officers also visited Aboriginal communities and cattle stations along the Ross Highway for signs of the missing tourist.
They were holding out hope Ms Billen may still be alive, but said the consequences are grave if she hasn't had access to water.
Police have been in contact with Ms Billen's brother in Germany and are unaware if her family has plans to travel to Australia.
Anyone who saw Ms Billen between December 31st and January 1st, particularly in the Barrett Drive area, has been asked to contact police.
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