Fears that a body found in Melbourne bushland are the remains of missing transgender woman Bridget Flack who was last seen visiting a Dan Murphy’s store a fortnight ago
- Bridget Flack, 28, was last seen in Collingwood in Melbourne on November 10
- Police found a woman’s body in bushland in Kew East on Friday at about 5pm
- They are investigating if the remains are linked to Ms Flack’s disappearance
There are fears a body found in Melbourne bushland belong to a missing woman who vanished two weeks ago.
Bridget Flack, 28, was last seen on CCTV at a Dan Murphy’s in Collingwood, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, at about 10.30am on November 30.
Ms Flack, a transgender woman, made phone contact later that day and told friends she was going for a walk along the Yarra River – but she did not return home.
Victoria Police uncovered a woman’s body in bushland at Willsmere-Chandler Park in Kew East, to the city’s east, at about 5pm on Friday.
Bridget Flack (pictured), 28, was last seen in Collingwood, an inner-city suburb of Melbourne, at about 10:30am on November 30
Victoria Police uncovered a woman’s body in bushland at Willsmere-Chandler Park in Kew East, to the city’s east, at about 5pm on Friday. They are investigating if it is linked to Ms Flack’s disappearance
‘While the body is yet to be formally identified, police are investigating if it is linked to the disappearance of missing woman Bridget Flack,’ a statement said.
The circumstances surrounding the woman’s death have not yet been determined but police are not treating it as suspicious.
Police are preparing a report for the coroner.
On Thursday, police released new CCTV images of Ms Flack walking on the street and at Woolworths on the day she was last seen.
‘Police and family hold concerns for her welfare due to the length of the time she has been missing,’ a Victoria Police spokeswoman said.
Ms Flack’s sister Angela Pucci Love said she is ‘very concerned’ about her younger sibling’s well-being at a Victoria Police press conference on Thursday.
‘Bridget is quite vulnerable. Bridget is a transgender woman and by nature I think that makes her a little bit more vulnerable in the community,’ she said.
Ms Love said she has two theories about what happened to her younger sister.
‘There’s one side which is that she has been hurt or has hurt herself and the other side is that for whatever reason she just wants to disappear for a while,’ she told the Star Observer in a separate interview.
‘Obviously, we are hoping it’s the latter, but I suppose it’s just making sure she knows that no one will be upset and that no one wants anything more than to know that she is safe.’
At Thursday’s press conference, Ms Love said she is ‘fearing the worst but hoping for the best’.
On Thursday, Victoria Police released CCTV images of Ms Flack walking on the street and at Woolworths on the day she was last seen. They also included images of Ms Flack’s distinctive tattoos
‘We’re very concerned. As days go on, there’s no bank account activity or anything like that,’ she said.
‘You think, how does someone survive for this amount of time when there’s already this (large) amount of community awareness and without accessing things like a bank account or their phone.
‘She’s of a generation that’s always on social media, that are always in contact with someone. So the fact that that has totally stopped, I find that quite concerning.’
Ms Love said Ms Flack has a history of mental health issues but reached out to her for help three weeks ago.
She said they spoke on the phone every day and were working hard to get her mental health support until she went missing all of a sudden.
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A missing poster for Bridget Flack is seen in Collingwood, Melbourne