Search continues for missing Medina woman Dianne Barrett

Search continues for missing Medina woman Dianne Barrett

SEARCH teams scoured bushland in Medina this week for missing 59-year-old woman Dianne Barrett, before the weather is expected to turn on Thursday.

After setting up a command post on Monday at the Thomas Kelly Pavilion on Rowson Place, their efforts focussed on the Kwinana Loop trail after receiving information Dianne sometimes used it for evening walks.

Forty-nine State Emergency Services volunteers took part in the search, SES search dogs were engaged and drones took aerial footage.

Concerns for Dianne Barrett’s welfare were first raised by a neighbour on May 24 after he had not seen Dianne for some time.

Police found her dog distressed and unfed, but the home’s heater, lights and TV were still on.

Police inquiries established that Dianne visited Bunnings in Rockingham about 7pm on May 11 – the last day her bank accounts and phone were used.

The Bunnings visit is the last confirmed sighting of the woman, where CCTV showed she spent several hours shopping for home improvement supplies.

She is described as fair skinned, 165cm to170cm tall, of slim build, with white/grey hair.

She was last seen wearing a long-sleeved cream coloured top, dark long pants, and distinctive pink “croc” footwear.

Dianne’s car is a yellow Hyundai Getz, registration number 1DFZ132.

It is still at her house in Ridley Way South in Medina, but police cannot confirm its movements around the time that Dianne was last seen.

Forensics found no signs of violence in the house.

Speaking to media on June 4, her brother Dave said Dianne also failed to call her 87-year-old mother on Mother’s Day, May 12.

He confirmed it was out of character for Dianne to not have contact for so long.

Dave last saw her on April 7 when she seemed to be in good spirits.

Mr Barrett said Dianne had lived in Medina for about a year and described her as being kind, animal-friendly, a supporter of Telethon.

Rockingham Detectives appealed for information from the public and want to speak to anybody who may know Dianne and has had contact with her around that time.

Investigators would also like to speak to anybody who has seen Dianne or her car on or after May 11.

Anyone with information is asked to call police immediately on 131 444.

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