Danielle Hibbert's remains may have been found, Australian media reported over the weekend.
Hibbert, a 25-year-old Darnum hairdresser, had been reported missing since June 24. Police officers have searched the area in and around Moe River in suspicion that she could not have gotten far away from the area. But the search efforts had been futile.
Danielle Hibbert: Found dead?
On Saturday, police received reports that a woman's body was found dead by the Moe River in Yarragon. It was 10am when the report was made. Police initially said the death did not seem suspicious. But in the afternoon, a police spokeswoman was quoted by Herald Sun as saying:
"It is too early to determine if death suspicious or not."
Police could not immediately verify whether the body found was that of Hibbert's.
"Police are investigating any links between this discovery and the woman who went missing from Darnum overnight on the 24th of June," age.com.au quoted a police spokeswoman as saying.
Hibbert's family has been contacted over the discovery of the woman's body. No confirmation of the deceased woman's identity has been released as of Monday morning.
- Hibbert, a local hairdresser, was at a friend's house in Darnum for a sleepover on Sunday, June 24.
- She was last at around 11:30pm. Her friend thought she was off to bed.
- Police gathered that Hibbert seemed to have left her friend's house in her own volition when everyone else was asleep.
- It is understood Hibbert's friends called the police when she did not surface in the morning. Hibbert also failed to show up at the salon where she worked.
- Hibbert was reported missing at around 7:10 on Monday, June 25.
- Police told the media Hibbert had left her belongings, including her mobile phone, at her friend's house.
- A Warragul police sergeant had earlier told Warragul Citizen that a woman missing for over three days is "highly unlikely" to be alive.
- Police said Hibbert had been depressed, but they did not elaborate.
- No suspects or foul play have been raised over Hibbert's disappearance.
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