Mystery over missing woman

SEARCH FOR CLUES: Police placed evidence markers at the home of Johann Morgan, right, yesterday. Forensic police were combing the area in a bid to find the Tamworth mother. Photo: Barry Smith 210815BSG01
SEARCH FOR CLUES: Police placed evidence markers at the home of Johann Morgan, right, yesterday. Forensic police were combing the area in a bid to find the Tamworth mother. Photo: Barry Smith 210815BSG01

FORENSIC police have scoured a home for clues as they investigate the disappearance of a Tamworth mother.

Desperate family members have not seen 40-year-old missing mother Johann Morgan for two weeks now. Yesterday, her Cole Rd home was cordoned off and a crime scene established as forensic officers combed inside and out, photographing and recording a number of evidence markers in the yard.

The Leader understands the Westpac Rescue Helicopter was also called in to conduct an air search of the West Tamworth area yesterday.

“We do have concerns for Johann’s welfare, because of the time that has lapsed between now and the time she was last seen,” Oxley Local Area Command crime manager Inspector Phil O’Reilly told a press conference yesterday.

“There have been a number of inquiries around NSW and in Queensland, where Johann has some family connections.”

The police investigation ramped up late this week, led by Oxley detectives, when family members, who exhausted all avenues to find the mother, reported her missing to police.

“Since that time, our inquiries have revealed that Johann left without her mobile phone and wallet and we now have concerns about her welfare,” he said.

“An extensive canvass has been undertaken around the area where Johann was residing, and today an examination has also been undertaken at her home.”

Detectives are investigating the suspicious disappearance and say it’s out of character for Ms Morgan to not contact relatives.

Now, they believe she could have been using a white car, which has not been found by police.

“Around the time of her disappearance, she may have had access to a white Magna station wagon with 

registration OSS-935,” Inspector O’Reilly said.

“There are a number of appointments Johann has missed, which adds to our concerns for her 

welfare.” Ms Morgan is described as Aboriginal in appearance with an olive complexion, about 165cm tall, dark hair and of medium build.

“I would hope that any member of the community that knows Johann and has information, or knows her whereabouts since August 8, will contact Tamworth detectives,” Inspector O’Reilly said.