Desperate search for missing woman

FOR the past five years Coffs Harbour has been one of the Morgan family's favourite holiday destinations.

But for 11-year-old Sophie and her dad Dylan, their most recent visit has been a painful journey.

Almost two months ago Sophie's mother, Elaine Morgan dropped off her daughter at a ballet camp in the Sydney suburb of St Ives, and hasn't been seen since.

In a desperate attempt to find his wife, Mr Morgan and his daughter have left their Sydney residence and come to Coffs Harbour in search of any news of her whereabouts.

"The last couple of months have been a complete turmoil. We go through all manner of emotions sadness, missing her, worried not knowing where she is or how she is," Mr Morgan said.

"Coming here is a bit of a desperate attempt - Coffs Harbour is top on the list of places Elaine may have gone. We used to holiday in the Coffs area about once a year, and she really liked Coffs."

Mr Morgan said he and his family had spent some happy times in the area, visiting places such as Bellingen and Arrawarra.

"Our most memorable moment in Coffs Harbour was horse riding at Valery, riding through the rainforest up there."

Mr Morgan described his wife as a quiet, shy person, who was very careful about her appearance, and always liked to wear a pendant around her neck.

"She enjoys reading, theatre, and anything to do with the arts. She is also a great bushwalker, and likes the country side and the sea," he said.

According to Mr Morgan, his wife had no credit cards with her, and had made no withdrawals from the bank. Her car was found abandoned at Manly, in Sydney.

"I think it was spur of the moment thing - she didn't pack anything. We had just come back from a week's holiday in the Victorian Alps, and Elaine (who is a law lecturer at the University of New South Wales) was due to start back teaching the following week.

"I think she felt a lot of pressure from her work and family life, and needed time to do her own thing," he said.

Mr Morgan had a heart wrenching message for his wife.

"We're missing you dreadfully, and we are desperate to hear that you are okay, and we are never going to give up looking for you. We love you," he said.

So far police have no leads into the case, but Mr Morgan said their had been a possible sighting of his wife in Newcastle.

Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Elaine Morgan is urged to contact the Missing Person Unit on 1800 025 091 or your nearest police station.

Elaine Morgan was last seen in the Turramurra and Manly area, NSW on 17 April. She is 49-year-of-age, 175cm in height, of slim to medium build with blonde hair and blue eyes.



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