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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Community Alert - Appealing For Public Assistance, Burketown

Police are seeking public assistance to help locate a 13-year-old girl, Rumali Rusch, who was reported missing from the Leichhardt Falls camping grounds (70km east of Burketown) at 9am yesterday.

It is believed she may have left the area in one of two vehicles.

The first car is described as a white 4WD trayback utility with New South Wales number plates and a ‘P’ plate on the front or rear of the vehicle. Two men are believed to be in this car.

The second vehicle is described as a F250 truck towing a Kedron caravan.  The vehicle is grey and smokey maroon in colour with the caravan having checker plate aluminium floor, two tyres on the rear with a stretcher or similar between the tyres.  The vehicle is believed to have West Australian number plates.  A man and woman aged between 40 and 50, both with grey hair are believed to be in this car.

Police believe Rumali may be heading towards Cairns or The Cape.

The Police Airwing, the North West Rescue Service helicopter and the EMQ Helicopter have commenced aerial searches, and Police and SES are currently searching bushland and surrounding areas.

Rumali is described as having long brown hair, brown eyes and an olive complexion.  She was last seen wearing purple jeans with a dark coloured long sleeve top.

Anyone with information which could assist police with their investigations should contact Crime Stoppers anonymously via 1800 333 000 or 24hrs a day.

Crime Stoppers is a charitable community volunteer organisation working in partnership with the Queensland Police Service.

Media Note: Burketown is located 460km north of Mt Isa and 210km north-west of Normanton.