Alice Springs police deploy drones to search for missing German tourist

Northern Territory police are using drones, remote aircraft and motorbikes to search for a German tourist who has been reported missing after failing to return to her accommodation, possibly after walking some hiking trails.

Monika Billen, a 62-year-old German national who had been in Alice Springs for a week, was last seen by hotel staff at the Desert Palms Resort on New Year’s Day. She failed to check out of the resort on 5 January and did not board a flight she was due to take to Darwin on the same day.

Billen was reported missing by hotel staff on Tuesday 8 January.

Acting superintendent Pauline Vicary said CCTV footage from 1 January clearly showed Billen walking out the front of the resort on Barrett Drive and later south along the Todd River.

She said brochures in Billen’s hotel room suggested she may have been interested in walking local trails,

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