POLICE are seeking public assistance to help locate a Warwick woman
who has been missing since early last week.
Gail Lynch has not been seen since she spoke with a family member last
A Warwick CIB spokesman said it was alarming that the 55-year-old
woman would disappear without letting family members know her whereabouts.
"We are concerned about her welfare as we believe it is unusual she
would go missing (without an explanation)," he said.
"Her mobile phone is off and she has not been in contact with any of
her family since late Tuesday night."
Ms Lynch, who lives alone, is believed to have nothing on her and does
not have a vehicle. Her bank accounts have not been accessed since her
Ms Lynch has links to Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast but police have
said there is no indication she was heading anywhere.
Anyone who has information can phone the Warwick CIB on 4660 4430,
call Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000 or visit crime
to find our sister, aunt'
UPDATE 9AM - POLICE and State Emergency Services
(SES) volunteers are this morning searching Warwick, including the
boundaries of the Condamine River, for missing woman Gail Lynch.
Her family yesterday told the Daily News it was the little things
that have them almost sure she would not have just chosen to leave her
Warwick home last week without a trace.
Lyn McMillan, who reported her 55-year old sister missing from her
Guy St unit last Wednesday, July 4, said it did not make sense that she
would flit off somewhere without telling anybody.
"It's just completely out of character," Ms McMillan said.
She was the first to notice Ms Lynch was missing and notified
"I saw her at 9.30am Tuesday morning doing the shopping, then she
phoned me that night at 6.30pm, but I missed it, so I phoned her back at
8.30pm and we arranged to meet on Thursday," Ms McMillan said.
"Then I realised we hadn't set a time, so I phoned her (early
afternoon) on Wednesday to check ... but her phone just rang out."
Ms McMillan then went around to her sister's unit and after
several knocks on her door and many attempted calls later, she phoned
police to see if they could take a look.
"The police came around Thursday morning and had a look through
the place, and they said 'no, there is no one here'," Ms McMillan said.
On the table, lay half-completed paperwork and her prescription
glasses, on which she is heavily reliant.
"She does not go anywhere without her glasses - she can't see
without them," Ms McMillan said. "She is a creature of habit and there's
a lot of things she hasn't done.
"I know my sister and she would never leave half-done paperwork
out on the table."
Ms McMillan's daughter in-law, Ms Lynch's niece Jas McLaren, said
she too could not piece together what could have happened.
"We have about 500 scenarios and then something else will come
into play and then there goes that scenario," Mrs McLelan said.
"We are thinking positive, but it's just doesn't make sense."
The clothes Ms Lynch had worn on Tuesday morning, as seen by Ms
McMillan, were found in the washing basket with the sheets from her bed.
Her family said Ms Lynch did washing every day and would usually
wash her sheets in the morning and remake her bed by about 11am. Her bed
had not been remade.
Ms Lynch did not turn up to appointments on Thursday, nor to meet
The family believe she had a limited amount of cash on her and her
bank accounts have not been touched since last Tuesday, when she was
sighted shopping for groceries.
Ms McMillan said her sister would not have done her
grocery shopping if she had planned to go away and the shoes she wore
almost every day were still by the door.
If you have information as to the whereabouts of Ms Lynch, phone
Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or Warwick CIB 4660 4430 immediately.
9.30am - Ms McMillan saw Ms Lynch on Guy St after she had done her
6.30pm - Ms Lynch phoned Ms McMillan, but the call was missed.
8.30pm - Ms McMillan realised she had a missed call and phoned her
sister back. She heard Ms Lynch tell another call she would "call them
back" while she spoke with Ms McMillan. The sisters planned to meet on
Early afternoon - Ms McMillan phoned her sister to confirm their
meeting on Thursday and arrange a time. Ms Lynch did not pick up a
number of phone calls. Ms McMillan went around to her unit and knocked
several times, but there was no answer.
Late afternoon - Ms McMillan phoned police and notified them she
10ish am - Police looked through the unit and found she was not
concerns for missing woman
Police hold grave concerns for a missing Queensland woman who was
last seen at her home eight days ago.
Gail Lynch was last seen
at her home on Guy Street, Warwick, in southern Queensland last Tuesday.
She spoke to a family member that evening, but has not been seen
or heard from since.
‘‘Police and family hold concerns for her welfare as the behavior
is out of character,’’ a police spokesman said.
Police will search the Warwick township this morning, as well as
the boundaries of the Condamine River.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800
Detectives wait on tests in missing grandmother
Police say they are hoping to get forensic results later
this week from a car that may have links to the disappearance of Warwick
grandmother Gail Lynch.
The 55 year-old was reported missing two weeks ago.
Last week police seized a blue Ford Falcon and interviewed a
58-year-old Toowoomba man.
Police divers will again join the search today, focussing on the
Condamine River at Warwick.
Missing red floor rug key in
Warwick grandma Gail Lynch mystery
POLICE investigating the disappearance of Warwick grandmother
Gail Lynch are looking for a red floor rug that has been taken from her
Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said relatives of Ms Lynch
discovered the rug missing when police took them through her house.
Ms Lynch has not been heard from since speaking to her sister by phone
on July 3.
Police say her disappearance is suspicious.
"Basically what we want is we are seeking information from members of
the public in relation to a red-coloured carpet rug that appears to be
missing from the missing person's unit," Det Shadlow said.
"It's a 3m x 2m rug, it's a deep red in colour and it has a gold
patterned edging all around the border of it."
Police have now suspended the search for the grandmother, which has
taken in a 15km radius around her Warwick home.
Police divers, a helicopter and State Emergency Services volunteers
have scoured bushland and waterways for any sign of the missing woman.
Det Insp Shadlow said they would resume if further information came to
Police seek boyfriend Ian
Hannaford over missing Warwick grandmother Gail Lynch
A WEEK after releasing him from questioning, detectives are
again looking to speak with the former boyfriend of missing Warwick
grandmother Gail Lynch.
Warwick police and the homicide unit tonight made a public appeal for
the whereabouts of Ian Hannaford, who met Ms Lynch on a dating website.
Police questioned the 58-year-old man last Wednesday, but released him
Mr Hannaford's Toowoomba property was also forensically searched, while his
blue 2004 BA model Ford Falcon sedan was seized for testing.
Neighbours told The Courier-Mail earlier this week they had not
seen the man at his home in some days.
Ms Lynch, 55, last had contact with her family in a phone call from
her unit in
Guy St at Warwick, south of Toowoomba, on July 3.
Police consider her disappearance suspicious.
Extensive searches in the Warwick and surrounding areas have so far
found no trace of Ms Lynch.
Police are also looking for a
red floor rug that has been taken from the grandmother's unit.
The rug is described as about 3m x 2m, red in colour, with a gold
Anyone with information which could assist police with their
investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000.
Gail Lynch's ex to face
UPDATE 12.30PM: THE ex-partner of missing Warwick woman Gail Lynch
has appeared in Tooowoomba Magistrates Court today where he was formally
charged with her murder.
Hannaford was taken into police custody on Thursday night after
being found in a toilet block in Toowoomba's Picnic Point Park.
He appeared briefly in court this morning where the charge was
read, and he was remanded in custody to appear in court for further
mention on October 29.
It is understood Hannaford is refusing to cooperate with police in
relation to the investigation into Ms Lynch's disappearance.
Hannaford reportedly hid from police in bushland at Picnic Point
Park in Toowoomba and police believe he may have been there since July
11, when they last spoke with him.
A security guard discovered an injured, semi-conscious Hannaford
in a toilet block in the park about 8.30pm on Thursday.
Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow said police found a makeshift
campsite under a concrete lookout without any blankets and with only a
few food scraps.
"We believe he has been there for some days, with evidence of
foodstuffs there but little else," Det Insp Shadlow said.
Hannaford was taken to Toowoomba Base Hospital that night to be
treated for dehydration and exposure and was released into police
custody yesterday afternoon, only to be met with a set of handcuffs and
a murder charge.
Police and search crews scoured the Picnic Point Park area in
search of Gail Lynch's body or any other clues that could indicate her
Ms Lynch's son Simon Hutchison said news of Hannaford's discovery
had come as a relief.
His 55-year-old mother has not been seen since she disappeared
from her Guy St unit in Warwick on July 3.
Mr Hutchinson said he and other family had worked tirelessly to
keep information circulating about his missing mother.
"It feels like our hard work has paid off," he said.
Hannaford, a disability pensioner and former spray-painter, and Ms
Lynch met on an internet dating website but their relationship ended
some months ago.
On Thursday police and State Emergency Service crews concentrated
their search of the Condamine River west of Warwick in the Toolburra
The investigation into Ms Lynch's disappearance was declared a
homicide case last week, with more than 30 detectives working on it.
Police are still appealing for information regarding a red rug
with a gold trim which was reported missing from Ms Lynch's apartment.
The whereabouts of Ms Lynch's body was still unknown at the time
of print deadline last night.
Hannaford is scheduled to appear for a brief mention in Toowoomba
Magistrates Court today.
If you have any information that could assist police with their
investigation phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Warwick Police on
Additional reporting Toowoomba Chronicle
Tuesday July 3
- Gail Lynch was last spoken to by family.
- Ian Hannaford's blue Ford Falcon believed to have been in
Thursday July 5
- Gail Lynch officially reported missing.
Wednesday July 11
- Police spoke with Ian Hannaford.
- Police carried out search warrant on his house and seized his
Friday July 13
- Searches around the Condamine River, Warwick.
- Construction site next to Gail Lynch's unit closed down for the
day so police could search the skip bins.
Monday July 16
- Water police searched the river with divers and Sonar equipment.
Tuesday July 17
- Police revealed a red rug was missing from Gail Lynch's
Thursday July 19
- Police tried to re-contact Ian Hannaford, but he was nowhere to
Friday July 20
- The case became a suspected murder and police appealed for
information as to Ian Hannaford's whereabouts.
Monday July 23
- Search around John Dee and towards Toolburra commenced.
Thursday July 26
- Ian Hannaford found at Picnic Point Park, 8.30pm.
Friday July 27
- Ian Hannaford charged with murder. Gail's whereabouts still
Today, July 28
- Ian Hannaford scheduled to front Toowoomba Magistrates Court.
Police plead for more missing grandmother clues
Toowoomba police say more information is needed to help
find a missing southern Queensland grandmother.
Gail Lynch, 55, has been missing from her Warwick home for more than a
Ian Hannaford, 58, has been charged with her murder.
Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow says police need witnesses to come
forward before any more searches go ahead.
"We're still seeking information from members of the public in
relation to sightings of a blue 2004 model Ford Falcon sedan in the Guy
Street area on the third of July through to Toowoomba on the fourth of
July," he said.
"If anyone has seen that vehicle, specifically in the Guy Street area
in the early hours of the morning, if they can contact the Warwick police or
Detective Inspector Shadlow says police are reviewing their previous
"We have covered a large area utilising the SES [State Emergency
Service] and police," he said.
"Now that's not to say we won't search in the future.
"If we do receive information we'll certainly act on that but at this
stage we have exhausted a large search area."
Missing grandmother search fails to find