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Body found in search for Mandurah mother on Bluff Knoll

Search teams in the Bluff Knoll area have located a body, on Tuesday, which is yet to be identified but is believed to be that of missing woman Lorjie Bautista.

The body was located near the foot of a steep incline in a dense bush area, well away from public access trails.

It’s understood, a video emerged of the woman on social media, which is believed to have helped police locate her.

The Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions (DBCA) and the WA Police Force advise that the Bluff Knoll Road, carpark and walk trail remain closed to the public due to this police operation, until further notice.  

For further information, please contact Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions in Albany on (08) 9842 4500.

Police and the State Emergency Service pulled every resource they could in the frantic search to find the Mandurah mum.

About 4am, on Tuesday, Lorjie Tonguia Bautista set out from the Stirling Range Retreat to go hiking at Bluff Knoll and see the sunrise.

The Police Air-Wing, SES sniffer dogs and thermal imaging cameras were used on Friday to help try and locate the 38-year-old.

Ms Bautista’s husband and 15-year-old daughter from Lakelands arrived at the search zone on Saturday.

Friday night, was the mothers third evening in the wilderness as temperatures dropped to -2C.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 131 444.

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