Search for Sharron Phillips' remains could take a month
POLICE and SES volunteers resumed the painstaking task of sifting through more than 100 cubic metres of soil in a bid to locate the remains of Sharron Phillips.
Police at the scene told the Queensland Times on Monday a number of bone fragments belonging to birds and other wildlife had been discovered at the site.
They said it could take about a month to sift through the piles of dirt and they were looking at ways to speed up the process.
They said the search area had held up surprisingly well despite the big wet at the weekend.
Police faced a race against time last week to remove the soil ahead of the big wet at the weekend.
The search area covers two 35-metre concrete drains running underneath Cobalt Street at Carole Park.
The area was identified after a new witness came forward recently with credible information about the cold case.
There are about 50 officers at the site and the two drains have already been cleared of soil and debris.
Soil from the drains is being removed via hand and taken to a nearby storage area where SES volunteers are slowly sifting through the piles of soil.
The mounds of soil at the storage area have been numbered so investigators can determine the exact location inside the drains where they were removed from.
Ms Phillips, then aged 20, disappeared on May 8, 1986 after her car ran out of petrol on Ipswich Rd about 11pm near Wacol.
She had called her boyfriend from a service station and asked him to pick her up but when he arrived, she was gone.
Ms Phillips has not been seen or heard from since and is presumed to be dead.
No one has been charged over her death.
The new search area was dense bushland popular with motorbike riders at the time Ms Phillips went missing.
It is located less than 10km from where she went missing.