A body, believed to be that of a woman missing from
the Mid North Coast, has been located on a rural
The 78-year-old woman was last seen leaving her home
in Port Macquarie on 16 March 2021 to travel to
Family members reported her missing to police the
A property owner notified police after locating the
body of a woman on the riverbank of his rural
property on Barrington West Road, Barrington
The body is yet to be formally identified but is
believed to be that of the missing woman.
The death is not being treated as suspicious and a
report will be prepared for the information of the
Adele Morrison: Clues found, but no sign of elderly woman missing three days
The son of missing woman Adele Morrison unsuccessfully tried tracing his
mother’s tracks after she went missing in Gloucester on Tuesday. He and police
are now urgently seeking the public’s assistance into her whereabouts.
When Adele Morrison left her son’s Port Macquarie home on Tuesday for a day
trip to Gloucester, the pair agreed that she’d be back for dinner that
But more than 72 hours since then, the 78-year-old still hasn’t returned to
despite some clues popping up on police’s radar that she still might be in the
“I know she was going to the Gloucester cemetery, and I know she made it there
because there were some fresh flowers found at my brother’s grave,” Adele’s son,
Chris Morrison, said.
“So at least I know she made it there.”
Adele, who lives in Maclean near Grafton, was visiting her son Chris in Port
Macquarie this week as it coincided with the anniversary of the death one of
Chris’ brother and his father.
While in the area, Adele also wanted to pay her respects to her other son who is
buried in Gloucester - a town the family used to live in many years ago.
On Monday night the pair discussed her plans to head to the cemetery and take
the scenic drive to their old farm where they grew up.
But when she didn’t return home for dinner on Tuesday, that’s when Chris raised
“She was due home Tuesday night … she didn’t take any gear or anything and she
was planning to be home for dinner,” he said.
“It was just a day trip down and back. Her phone hasn't worked since I tried on
Tuesday afternoon. It just goes straight to voicemail as if its out of range or
switched off … there’s been no contact since Tuesday morning.
“I’ve been down there the last two days looking and searching around the roads
she could have been on, and near the rivers ... but with all this rain now the
rivers are higher and access is harder.
“It’s very unlike her … she is a very capable person, she drives her self
Police today issued a public appeal to help find Adele, and contacted residents
in the nearby Gloucester area using geo-location phone technology. Automated
texts where sent to people in Gloucester, Barrington, Stratford and Weismantels.
Police investigations revealed she attended a shopping centre at Gloucester
about 10.45am on Tuesday, but her movements since remain unknown.
Chris said some fresh flowers where located at his brother’s grave, but can’t be
certain what time that was.
“It’s 50 years since we used to live there,” he said. “There’s no one there that
we know anymore … the people that we used to work for, they’ve died. She was
really just going for a look.”
“We would still visit every six-to-twelve months, just to reminisce. My elder
brother is buried there from 1964, I was born there, but we moved away soon
afterwards up to Port.
“My father and my other brother are buried here in Port, and it‘s the
anniversary of their death this week ... that’s why she came down.”
Adele is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 150cm to 160cm
tall, with a medium build, grey hair and hazel eyes. She is believed to have
been travelling in a red 2017 Toyota Corolla with NSW registration plates DSN
She is known to frequent the Gloucester, Maclean, Nabiac, Berrico and Barrington
Anyone who may have seen or heard from Adele, or who may have seen a red Toyota
Corolla with registration DSN 47R on the Mid-North Coast in the past four days
is urged to contact police immediately.
Emergency services to begin search of Barrington River on March 29 to find
NSW Police will undertake a coordinated search of the Barrington River
after a vehicle was found partially submerged in flood waters.
Emergency services will begin the search on Monday, March 29 after
police located a red Toyota Corolla hatch at Barrington East Road,
Barrington at 11.15am on Thursday, March 26.
Manning Great Lakes officers extracted the car from the water with the
assistance of state emergency services. No person was located inside the
The car is believed to have been owned by a 78-year-old woman, Adele
Morrison, who was reported missing by family members on March 17.
She was last seen leaving her home in Port Macquarie about 6am on
Tuesday, March 16 to travel to Gloucester. Investigations have revealed
Adele attended a shopping centre at Gloucester about 10.45am the same
Her movements after this remain unknown and she has not been heard from
since. It is also out of character for Adele not to have made contact
with family members.
Adele is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 150cm to
160cm tall, with a medium build, grey hair and hazel eyes.
She is known to frequent the Gloucester, Maclean, Nabiac, Berrico and
Barrington Tops areas.
Anyone who may have seen or heard from Adele is urged to contact police
Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or nsw.crimestoppers.com.au