POLICE have escalated their search for Riverview woman
Dulcie Birt following reports of screaming at her house the night she
Ms Birt, 31, has been
missing since Wednesday when a friend saw her about 10.30pm at her Old
Ipswich Road home.
State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers and police on horses and
motorbikes yesterday scoured bushland near her home.
A neighbour told police yesterday they heard “a giant scream”
coming from Ms Birt's house on Wednesday night.
Ipswich CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Trezise said the search
area was eight square kilometres bounded by Old Ipswich Road, Child
Street and Bailey Street.
“Because she's been missing for so long,
we've been expanding our avenues of investigation,” Snr Sgt Trezise
“We think there was an argument at the house on Wednesday night.
“We're trying to track down family and friends. It's a thorough
and complex investigation.”
Search co-ordinator Sergeant Lindsay Kuhrt was inundated with
people offering information at his command post yesterday.
One woman stopped to report seeing a strange looking man with a
German shepherd while she was walking her dog on nearby Gibbs Street.
A man said he found a length of rope in the area where police were
searching and he retrieved and brought it back to show them.
Another man told of a suspect vehicle on Bailey Street.
Sgt Kuhrt said Ms Birt's twin brother Dennis spoke to him and
asked him repeatedly to “stop the media hounding him”.
As he left he called over his shoulder to SES Ipswich area Arie
van den Ende: “Good luck with your search. I hope you find her.”
The SES crews were sent to search heavily wooded areas too thick
for horses or motorbikes.
Ms Birt is described as being Caucasian with a fair complexion,
about 175cm tall with a medium build. She has brown hair and brown eyes
and a love heart tattoo on the left side of her back.
The search for Ms Birt is scheduled to continue today.
• Anyone with information which could
help the police investigation into Dulcie Birt's disappearance should
contact Ipswich CIB on 3817 1365 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800
333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au.
Anyone with information which could assist police with their
investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800
333 000 or crimestoppers.com.au 24hrs a day. Crime Stoppers is a
charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership
with the Queensland Police Service.
POLICE have launched a large scale search for a
missing Riverview mother, whose disappearance is now regarded as
Ipswich SES members will join
local police in using motorbikes, horses and foot patrols to scour a
large area of bushland in Riverview where they believe Dulcie Isabelle
Birt, may be found.
Police hold grave fears for the welfare of the 31-year-old and
homicide detectives have now joined the investigation.
Ms Birt, who lives opposite the bushland being searched, has been
missing since Wednesday.
But Ipswich CIB Detective Senior Sergent Mick Trezise said police
had yet to identify any suspects who could be responsible for her
“WE hold serious concerns for Ms Birt but the investigation is in
its early stages and we're still interviewing her friends and
associates,” Snr Sgt Trezise said.
Ms Birt's mobile phone and purse were left at home when she
“She's been very reliable over the past few months,” Snr Sgt
“It's very out of character for her to leave unannounced and she
has missed a number of appointments which were important to her.”
Ms Birt's 16-year-old son reported her
missing. She has two other children.
“Everyone who knows Dulcie is very concerned about
her welfare. We've had a number of calls from friends who are worried
for her,” Snr Sgt Trezise said.
Ms Birt made national headlines in 2004 when Constable Justin
Anthony Burkett brutally bashed her at the Loganholme Police Station.
The former officer was sentenced to three years' jail, suspended
after nine months, for assault and lying in testimony.
Burkett attacked Ms Birt after he threw her in a watchhouse cell
for alleged shoplifting.
He then struck her in the head and body.
When Ms Birt collapsed to the ground another police officer yelled
for Burkett to stop.
Burkett would later send an email to two other officers asking
them to give false testimony in his case, after a videotape of the
incident was found in his work desk.
The search for Ms Birt began late yesterday afternoon but will
dramatically expand today.
Police search and rescue co-ordinator for Ipswich, Lindsay Kuhrt,
said the search would begin at 7am this morning.
“We've had a number of recent phone calls providing information on
Ms Birt's disappearance and that information has led us to search the
bushland area near her house,” Sgt Kuhrt said.
“Its difficult to say how long the search may last as there is a
lot of area to cover.”
Ms Birt is described as Caucasian with a fair complexion, 175cm
tall with a medium build.
Anyone with information which could assist
police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers
anonymously on 1800 333 000.
POLICE divers scoured the depths of a disused mine
yesterday as the search for
missing woman Dulcie Birt entered its second week.
Known as Greenlakes, the water-filled open-cut mine not far from Ms
Birt's Old Ipswich Road home is estimated to be more than 50m deep.
Detectives arrived in the area about 10am, with a team of four
police divers entering the water about noon after a lengthy preparation.
Detective Senior Sergeant Mick Trezise said there were no
certainties about how successful the search would be.
“A lot of it will depend on how deep our divers can go,” Sen Sgt
“There are a lot of steps, drop-offs and ridges - the old road
underneath goes around like a cork-screw.”
The investigation into Ms Birt's disappearance took a twist late
yesterday when police released a photo of a car they believe is
important to their search.
Grave concerns have been held for Ms Birt,
31, since she was last seen at her home about 10.30pm on October 21.
Sen Sgt Trezise said a police site set up outside
her home on Wednesday night produced some new information.
Police stepped up the search this week after
neighbours reported hearing screams coming from her house on the night
she went missing.
Dulcie Birt's twin brother Dennis wants to reunite
his family so they can try to work out what happened to her.
Mr Birt said his family hadn't seen each other for a long time and
his last contact with Dulcie was almost two weeks before she went
“The last time I saw her I got a text. That was on October 11,” Mr
Birt said yesterday
“She just said she wanted to see me. The last time I saw her I was
He said he hadn't seen his youngest sister Iona, now 22, since she
“I want to get all the family together to work out ideas for what
happened,” he said.
“I want to hold a family meeting and work as a team.”
“I'm sick of people getting the wrong idea about her.”
“No way would she leave without telling anyone. She would only go
out for an hour, no more than that. I used to live with her.”
Anyone with information that could
assist police should contact
Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.