Annemarie JEFFERY

Police release details of woman missing from Brooms Head | Gympie Times

TIMELINE: All the details of Brooms Head search | Coffs Coast Advocate


Missing since: 
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Last seen: 
Lake Arragan
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Year of birth: 
Distinguishing Features: 
Wearing glasses



Annemarie Jeffery was last seen on 25th August 2020 at the Lake Arragan camping ground near Brooms Head NSW. Annemarie went to the amenities block and failed to return to her campsite. There are serious concerns for her welfare and despite extensive searching, she has not been seen or heard from since.

Anyone with information which may assist in locating Anne is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

5KM RADIUS: Search intensifies for missing woman

Police and volunteers tackle rugged terrain during third day of search for 73-year-old Anne-Marie Jeffery.

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POLICE have revealed the 73-year-old woman reported missing from the Brooms Head area 73-year-old on Tuesday is from Coffs Harbour.

Anne-Marie Jeffery was last seen at approximately 9.30am Tuesday morning when she left to use the Lake Arragan toilet facilities 200m away from her campsite.

Coffs-Clarence Acting Inspector Richard Garrels said Anne-Marie was camping with her husband and friends. Her husband raised the alarm with authorities approximately an hour later, sparking a large scale search.

Emergecncy services are into the third day of the search, and have completed a search within radius 5km of her last sighting in every direction.

"It's pretty rugged terrain," Insp Garrels said.

"We're going to finish off some areas today that we didn't get to yesterday and start re-check some other areas we've previously searched."

Emergency Services have been joined by NSW Rural Fire Service volunteers with numbers swelling to approximately 65 people searching for woman.

.Insp Garrels encouraged people not to go looking by themselves.

"Volunteers were welcome to assist but must register with emergency services at the Lake Arragon campground," he said.

People are advised to keep an eye on police social media for updates and report any information they may have.

Marine Command will be called in again today to search the ocean and at this stage the Westpac Rescue Helicopter has been held off after it conducted two extensive searches over the previous two days.

Anne-Marie is described as being of caucasian appearance, with a slim build and grey hair. She was wearing a red and pink top, woollen leggings, red shoes, and a beanie.


Search for missing woman suspended


The large-scale search for a missing 73 year-old-woman near Brooms Head, was suspended on Saturday afternoon.

Anne-Marie Jeffery was reported missing on Tuesday 25 August 2020 and was last seen at around 9am at the campground in Lake Arragan, just north of Brooms Head.

The search was led by a Police Rescue search coordinator with the assistance of SES, RFS, National Parks, Water Police and Dog Squad.

Grafton Police Station Officer in Charge, Chief Inspector Joanne Reid said that the official search was suspended on Saturday afternoon.

“The Missing Person investigation will continue as police pursue other avenues of enquiry starting with a follow up of campers that were at Lake Arragan when she went missing,” Chief Inspector Reid said.

“A further search may be undertaken in the future as the investigation moves forward.

“It was frustrating and difficult to leave (on Saturday) without having answers for the family, but police will do everything possible to find out what happened to Annemarie.

“Any piece of information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could help so we encourage people to pass that information on through your local station or Crime stoppers,” she said.

Missing Coffs Coast Woman Annemarie Jeffery’s Husband Shares Memories Of Their Life Together

by News Of The Area - Modern Media - 

ON 25 August 2020, Annemarie (73), my wife of 46 years, mother of our two children, friend, travelling companion and the love of my live, disappeared without a trace from the north Red Cliff camping ground in Yuraygir National Park.

We were enjoying a short break with long-term friends.

Annemarie, a university qualified nurse and midwife, was born in South Africa and we met when I was a postgraduate student at university in Johannesburg.

Our children were born in Africa.

Renee and husband Ian now live in Brisbane with their two daughters Sadie and Scarlett. Stephen and wife Kate live near Guildford, England, with their two daughters Isabel and Emma. The separation from my family due to Covid19 has made this tragedy even harder to bear.

By all measures Annemarie and I had a wonderful, fulfilling and fortunate life together living in South Africa, Rhodesia, Canada and finally Coffs Harbour where we made great friends. Annemarie gave up her nursing career to devote her time to the children and run the family home.

Later she ran my office and worked as a bookkeeper.

We were a good team.

My life and that of our friends was so enriched by Annemarie’s African connection.

Annemarie introduced me to the wonders of African game parks in the 1970’s resulting in multiple visits whilst living in South Africa and Rhodesia.

We were lucky enough to share with Coffs Harbour friends two extraordinary 4-wheel drive bush camping trips in South Africa, Botswana and Namibia.

We loved travel and managed many memorable trips to all corners of the world.

More recently we enjoyed 4-wheel drive camping trips in outback Australia including three trips across the centre of Australia with groups of friends.

The search for Annemarie was thorough and extensive but, to date, frustratingly unsuccessful. The entire police team were professional and compassionate.

A sincere thankyou to Police Search and Rescue, Detectives, SES, RFS, Surf Life Savers, Westpac Rescue Helicopter and a huge number of the general public who searched for many days.

Whilst the police are continuing their enquiries it is cruel to think that we may never know what happened.

To lose someone so special is hard and I will have to rely on the wonderful memories and the support of my children and families, my brother and his wife and our friends.