SCHAPELLE Corby has used media and public interest in her return to Australia to highlight missing Mandurah girl Hayley Dodd.
Corby shared a photo of Ms Dodd on her Instagram account, which has gained more than 181,000 followers since the convicted drug smuggler was deported from Bali.
In the post, Corby said “this is Hayley Dodd who has been missing since 1999”.
“Hayley was just 17-years-old,” she said.
“Please check out her Mothers (sic) IG @forevertaken1999.”
The post was well received by the Dodd family and supporters.
Hayley’s mother Margaret thanked Corby for raising awareness of the missing.
On the Missing/murdered Hayley Dodd WA Facebook page, Toni Dodd said regardless of whether Corby was innocent or guilty, she had served her time.
“If she wants to use the media attention she is receiving to highlight missing people, let her do that, the amount of people that never knew about Hayley’s case that now do is great,” she said.
“I think it is fantastic, she has 175,000 followers; that means a lot more people have just seen Hayley’s face and are aware of her case.”
One supporter said it was “awesome” a “genuine smart lady turning around bad press to an awesome thing to help find these kids”.
Stephanie Fielding said it was great Corby was bringing attention to the plight of missing people.
“I might send her the poster of my missing brother,” she said.
However, the family of missing NSW boy William Tyrrell were not happy when Corby had a photo of William on her handbag when she left her Bali home.
William’s family issued a statement on the Where’s William Tyrrell? Facebook page that said while they appreciated Corby’s concern regarding William’s disappearance, they were not happy.
“William’s family and their campaign to support the NSW Police in their investigation in the search for William have absolutely no association with Schapelle Corby, her supporters or her family and had no prior knowledge of Miss Corby’s intention to use William’s image in this way,” the post said.
“While the Where’s William Campaign aims to increase awareness where possible, this situation regarding Miss Corby has no association whatsoever to William, his loved ones or their campaign to find their little boy.”