Barbara Ann TROUGHTON
|Name:||Barbara Ann TROUGHTON|
|Year of Birth:||1953|
|Circumstances:||Barbara TROUGHTON was last seen on 27 Jan 2016 at her residence in Newtown, Toowoomba Qld. It is believed Barbara left the residence on foot and has not made contact with family members since which is very much out of character. Investigations into Barbara’s whereabouts have failed to locate her and there are grave concerns for her welfare and safety.|
REPEATED appeals for help locating a missing Toowoomba wife and mother have received a lacklustre response.
Police have been left concerned at not just the whereabouts of Newtown woman Barbara Troughton but the lack of information coming in from the public.
Three calls have been registered with Crime Stoppers since Mrs Troughton was reported missing last Wednesday when she was last seen leaving her Charlotte St home in Newtown sometime between 6.30am and noon.
Mrs Troughton, 62, is described as a “decent woman with an upstanding character” and owns a supermarket in Toowoomba.
Toowoomba police Officer-in-Charge Sergeant Dan Curtin said concerns were growing every day.
“Police do not suspect foul play at this stage but we do want to locate her and are seeking assistance,” he said.
Officers investigating her disappearance have carried out inquiries with airports, train stations and bus operators in an effort to locate her.
“We assume she is still in the Darling Downs area but in reality she could be anywhere,” he said.
“It is uncharacteristic for her to be a missing person for this length of time which is why we’ve ramped up investigations into her disappearance.
“She has no history of it.”
Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 with any information.
- The Examiner
A QUEENSLAND woman missing for almost a month could be in Tasmania, police believe.
Barbara Troughton disappeared from the suburb of Newtown in Toowoomba, in Queensland's south.
The 62-year-old disappeared on January 27 and police hold grave fears for her wellbeing.
Police have previously called her vanishing ``strange''.
In a statement on Friday morning Queensland Police said:
``Mrs Troughton is described as being Caucasian in appearance and around 163cm tall with reddish-brown hair and green eyes.
``Police and family are concerned about Mrs Troughton and urge any who may have seen her to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.''
A WOMAN who disappeared from Toowoomba more than a month ago could be interstate.
Toowoomba police and detectives are working with their interstate counterparts in an effort to locate Newtown woman Barbara Troughton, reported missing from her home the morning of January 27.
Toowoomba Criminal Investigation Branch Detective Senior Sergeant Paul McCusker said Mrs Troughton may have travelled interstate and despite a number of reported sightings, officers were yet to confirm her location.
"We are following up all calls to Crime Stoppers regarding reported sightings," he said.
Mrs Troughton was formally reported as missing by her husband Ray McCaul after her employees noticed she failed to turn up to work the morning of January 27.
She had owned the Spar supermarket on Herries St which, according to Mr McCaul, had fallen on hard times over the Christmas and New Year period.
Mr McCaul said the shop had seen a sharp downturn in trade during that time and the landlords had this week taken back possession of the store.
He appealed for anyone who saw Mrs Troughton to contact police, particularly any witnesses who may have seen her in the passenger seat of a 4WD or ute on West St about 8am that day.
The investigation remains a missing person case but concerns are growing for her welfare with each day she is missing.
Police confirmed her bank accounts have not been accessed and her handbag with personal documents was left behind.
She is believed to have links with far North Queensland, Tasmania and Victoria.
Tasmanian and Victorian police last week issued a missing persons bulletin appealing for any information on Mrs Troughton's whereabouts to be reported to Crime Stoppers.
She is described as Caucasian in appearance and around 163cm tall with reddish-brown hair and green eyes.
AN UNRELENTING private social media campaign and increasingly desperate appeals for information from family have failed to find any sign of a missing Toowoomba woman.
Barbara Troughton, 62, was last seen walking down West St the morning of Wednesday, January 27, but what happened to her after that remains a mystery.
Today marks 83 days since Mrs Troughton was last seen in Toowoomba.
A police spokesman confirmed Mrs Troughton remained a missing person but said there was no evidence to suggest she had fallen victim of a violent crime.
He said it was possible the former business owner and wife wanted to disappear and was intentionally not making contact with her worried family.
Mrs Troughton had owned the Spar supermarket on Herries St which ran into financial trouble over the Christmas and New Year period which her husband Ray McCaul said had caused her stress.
Mr McCaul has maintained a dedication social media campaign for any news on his wife but so far has received no news on her whereabouts.
Mrs Troughton has links to North Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania with police in those jurisdictions appealing publicly to help locate her to no avail.
Police said her bank accounts had not been accessed since she went missing.
Mrs Troughton is described as Caucasian in appearance, about 163cm tall with reddish-brown hair and green eyes and of "good character".
Anyone with information about her disappearance should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
WHEN Barbara Troughton left her Newtown home the morning of January 27, she simply vanished.
More than 185 days ago, the former Newtown shop owner left without a trace, leaving no indication of where she might have gone and has remained out of touch with her loved ones.
For her partner Ray McCaul, the past six months have been a whirlwind of emotions and concern.
Now, breaking his silence in an effort to renew some hope of finding Barbara alive, Mr McCaul said he was worried about his partner's well-being.
He believed she may be up north - possibly with family around the Cairns and Tolga areas of far north Queensland, or maybe in a smaller town in the west.
Maybe Darwin or as far as Western Australia but nothing is certain except for Mr McCaul's concerns.
"I've only been hearing things, what the psychics have been saying," he said.
"She's got a sister in Tolga and son and daughter in Cairns, so maybe she's there. She'd have to be somewhere where it's warm because she hates the cold."
Police believed Ms Troughton might have gone to Tasmania in February, returning to a place she had earlier visited with a friend, but Mr McCaul doesn't believe she would have stayed down south.
The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre has added Ms Troughton's photo to the thousands of other Australians whose loved ones have reported them gone.
"I think she's just disappeared so nobody can find her," Mr McCaul said.
"I just want her to come home (as) we're missing her - the dogs, the cats.
"I'm thinking she's gone somewhere and is just trying to start a new life but that's not really working because her old life is still wanting her back.
"Her mother is really upset about it - she lives just around the corner and Barb was really the only one who was close to her in Toowoomba."
Ms Troughton is described as 155cm tall with a proportionate build, red hair, green eyes and a fair complexion.
She was the former owner of a takeaway shop on Herries St.
Anyone with information is urged to Contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or crimestoppersqld.com.au.