'She's just vanished': Family's horror as answers fall short
THE latest lead in the whereabouts of missing Gympie woman Bianca Gowne met with a dead end yesterday, Gympie's CIB revealed.
A possible sighting of the 20-year-old, who has been missing from Tandur since last Wednesday evening, at a service station south of Gympie this week turned out to be in the wrong time-frame, Gympie CIB Detective Sergeant Rob Lowry said.
As it reaches day eight of the search for Bianca, who was last seen at the Tandur property where she lives with her aunty and her family, emotions are running high for her family.
She was last seen between 7 and 8pm on Wednesday October 5, when she told her aunt she was checking on her horse Rebel, a beloved pet she is inseparable from, and then was going to bed.
Bianca sleeps in a separate dwelling on the property; it wasn't until the next morning her family noticed her absence.
Bianca's father Neville Gawne and mother Priscilla Lewis, who travelled to Gympie from their St George home earlier this week, said the past seven days had been 'gut-wrenching' and they are pleading for answers.
"Every day feels very hollow," Mr Gawne said of the mystery surrounding his quiet, horse-loving daughter.
"Everybody's missing her. She's a big part of our family."
Police and SES have scoured the 50 acre Noosa Rd property and police divers searched a dam and section of Six Mile Ck that boarders a neighbouring property.
No clues were found.
Det Sgt Lowry said although concerns naturally escalate as the days go on, the police are keeping an open mind.
He said they will continue speaking with family including family she was living with, family from St George, and people she has previously associated with.
Bianca's grandmother Roslyn Lewis said her granddaughter's disappearance was completely out of character.
"If she ever had a problem she would tell me - this is just not like her."
"She's just vanished."
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.