Hunt for elderly German after spouse found dead in Outback

Police said the tourists likely wandered off a walking trail some 75 kilometres from Alice Springs, where temperatures were expected to top 37C today. — AFP pic
Police said the tourists likely wandered off a walking trail some 75 kilometres from Alice Springs, where temperatures were expected to top 37C today. — AFP pic

SYDNEY, Feb 14 — Police searching for an elderly German tourist lost for days in Australia’s scorching outback expressed “grave fears” for her safety today after her husband’s body was discovered in a remote area. 

Northern Territory police were alerted to the missing couple on Sunday after a wildlife ranger noticed that their car parked at the isolated Trephina Gorge had not moved since Friday.

The body of 76-year-old Wilfred Thor was discovered yesterday with emergency services still searching for his 73-year-old wife Gisela.

“Whilst there is still a glimmer of hope that the woman is alive — if she was able to access water — we still hold grave fears for her general safety,” a police spokesperson told AFP.

“The search is continuing within a 500-metre (1640-feet) radius from where the man was found yesterday.”

Police said the tourists likely wandered off a walking trail some 75 kilometres (47 miles) from Alice Springs, where temperatures were expected to top 37 C (100 F) today. — AFP

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