Hunt goes on for missing victims

THE search continues for three Lockyer Valley residents still listed as missing after a wall of water tore through Grantham and surrounding towns on January 10.

Since that horrific day, 17 bodies have been found in the Lockyer Valley, including that of 23-month-old Jessica Keep, who was torn from her heavily pregnant mother’s arms.

Queensland Commissioner of Police Bob Atkinson said the search for missing people had been scaled back but wasn’t over.

“The families of the three people who remain missing have been consulted on the new phase by senior officers,” Mr Atkinson said.

“The Grantham community and other key stakeholders have also been consulted and the revised search program has been explained as a part of that consultation process.”

As part of the recovery process for the Lockyer Valley, a temporary police station will operate out of Grantham seven days a week for the next five months, bolstered by a 24/7 police response from the Gatton Police station.

“This phase will include police responding to and investigating any reports of possible locations of missing people, and ongoing walking and wading searches as the water level drops and silt recedes,” Mr Atkinson.

Search training activities will be held in the Lockyer Valley for the next 11 months to continue the effort to locate the missing people.



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