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.
search for a missing 73 year-old-woman near Brooms Head, was suspended on
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
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
“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
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
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
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.
By David JEFFERY