Fears are growing for a grandmother who has been missing for more than two weeks after a handwritten letter ‘help me please’ was found near her abandoned abandoned car in regional Victoria.
Colleen South, 58, from Adelaide, was last seen by loved ones at Renown Park, in the inner north of the city, at around 3:30pm on Friday 1 July as she drove a Hyundai hatchback Getz 2006 silver.
Her car and belongings were found abandoned in northern Victoria a few days later, leading the family involved to believe that foul play had something to do with her disappearance.
CCTV footage shows Ms South visiting a Liquorland in St Agnes around 11:50am on 2 July, with police believing she was then on her way to rural northern Victoria.
Colleen South, 58, (pictured with her daughter) has been missing for over two weeks
Ms South was last reported to have been seen at around 3pm on 3 July, when a witness spotted her behind the wheel of her Hyundai Getz in Ninyeunook, 267 north of Melbourne.
About an hour later, a farmer noticed Miss South’s car abandoned under a tree by Mackies Road, 26 kilometers from Bunguluke.
Two days later, the farmer called police after realizing the vehicle had plunged into a ditch and sustained sustained damage, with the airbags deployed.
Ms. Nam’s belongings were found about 20 meters from the car, including her bag, wallet, keys and a diary that reads ‘help me’.
Police believe Colleen went to rural Victoria on her own and at this point, no one has been linked to her disappearance.
But her relatives disagree – and are calling for authorities to handle the case as suspicious.
Ms South was last seen by a witness in her Hyundai Getz (pictured) on July 3. The vehicle was found abandoned an hour later.
A related note asking for help was found inside Miss South’s log near her abandoned car
Ms. Nam’s personal items, including her handbag and keys, were found 20 meters away from her car.
Granddaughter Farah Mak told the Herald Sun: “As a family, we believe foul play is related to foul play.
‘We need this to be reported and the police consider it suspicious. This is not the same as Colleen. ‘
Ms Mak, an Australian actress best known for her hit TV series Neighbors and Love Child, criticized investigators for not treating the case as a serious crime.
‘What we’re trying to achieve is action and results. It was a shemozzle. Attention to detail was not great, everything was missed. ‘
Veronica South, 21, and her friends scoured the Wycheproof area on their own to find her mother.
Actress Farah Mak (pictured) said her aunt’s disappearance was highly unusual and believed to be related to bad luck
On Saturday, the team found Ms. Nam’s essential medicine, rotted grass, a pen, footprints and a recently lit campfire.
The case is currently being handled by Victorian authorities, after it was handed over by South Australian Police on Friday.
A Victoria Police spokesman told Daily Mail Australia: “The search for Colleen was officially handed over to Victoria Police on 15 July and is underway.
‘Victoria Police have been working closely with South Australian police in the search for the missing woman Colleen South, as her vehicle was abandoned.’
Miss South is described as 154cm tall with a heavy build, blue eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black and white striped shirt.
Anyone who has seen Colleen or has any information is urged to contact police.
The drug was found by Veronica South and her friends in the area where her mother disappeared