Dulcie's twin feels she is alive
DULCIE Birt’s twin brother says he still holds out hope his sister is alive despite it being more than a month since she was seen.
Ms Birt was last seen at her home at 76 Old Ipswich Road, Riverview, about 8.30pm on Wednesday, October 21.
She was seen leaving in a 1998 Green Mitsubishi Triton four-wheel drive ute, which was later recovered by police.
Security footage stills of Ms Birt shopping in the Ipswich CBD that day were released to try to jog people’s memory of seeing her.
Investigators changed the status of the Riverview woman’s case from missing to murder after results of forensic testing of the ute.
Detective Acting Superintendent Mick Niland said police believed Ms Birt was murdered and her body disposed of.
Police and SES volunteers spent days searching an eight square kilometre area of bushland near Ms Birt’s home, including a deep dam.
Police have said further searches were likely.
However, Ms Birt’s twin Dennis said he was convinced his sister would one day be found safe and well.
“I don’t think she’s dead,” Mr Birt said.
“They say twins can feel each other’s emotions. I honestly don’t think she’s gone.
“Just because they have a ute doesn’t mean it’s murder.
“It’s four weeks now but there are people who have gone missing for two years and turned up.”
Mr Birt said he hadn’t seen his sister much before she went missing but they kept in touch by text messages.
“I have my suspicions on who’s behind all this but I’m not saying it publicly,” he said.
“I want to get down to who’s done it. I want justice done and I want an end to all this bullcrap.
“I’m just sad for her three kids. It must be hard for them. As a family member you have to stay strong.”
Acting CIB officer in charge Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Armitt said police were determined to solve the case as soon as possible.
“Police are continuing down a firm line off enquiry,” Snr Sgt Armitt said.
“We are reviewing all the evidence at hand and, as always, if anyone has information they should contact the Ipswich CIB on 3817 1365 or Crime Stoppers, 1800 333 000.”