The family of a woman who was last seen at a bus stop outside a country Victorian motel almost six weeks ago fear she is lost somewhere deep in the bushland of the Grampians National Park.
Kay Corp has not been seen since Tuesday, February 2 after she was sighted at a bus stop outside a Stawell motel about 9.15am.
Her sister-in-law Robyn McSwain said the disappearance was “out of character” and knew something was not quite right when the missing 46-year-old didn’t take any of her beloved jewellery with her.
“She loved all of her beautiful pieces – the dangling earrings and the dozens of bracelets – for her to leave them behind doesn’t feel right, it doesn’t feel right at all,” she told NCA NewsWire.
“She is just like me – very well organised, the sort of person who always had a spare toothbrush – so for my brother to see her just with a backpack … he was very taken aback.”
Ms McSwain said she was “clinging onto her last bit of hope” that her sister-in-law was hiding out in Halls Gap or the Grampians National Park – a place that had been “a haven” for Ms Corp throughout her life.
“She loved the Grampians, always spoke about it and had some of her best times of her life there, so it makes sense she’s fled there,” she said.
“But it’s harsh bushland – I am personally very scared for her safety – she fled only with lightweight clothing and it’s getting very cold now, so surely she’s gone out to buy a jumper and someone has seen her.”
Kay has a 16-year-old daughter Olivia, who has just started VCE this year and is about to turn 17 next month.
Ms McSwain said Olivia was trying to reach her mother every day.
“She is concerned – she would touch base with her mum two or three times a day,” she said.
“To have not one inbox or text message returned – as a 16 year-old she realises something isn’t quite right here.
“She thought her mum went for a break – we all thought that Kay just needs a break – but none of us could get hold of her after the first 10 days, and that’s when we all started to worry, and now it’s been six week that she hasn’t been seen.”
Ms Corp lived in Werribee with her daughter, while her partner lived in Stawell in western Victoria.
She was last seen wearing a yellow T-shirt, blue jeans and was carrying a grey backpack and shopping bags.
Ms McSwain urged her sister-in-law to make contact so the family could know she was safe and well.
“I can stand in your shoes – I fully understand where your head is at, but our family is concerned for you,” she said.
“Just say to something to someone wherever you may be and let them pass that information onto the police.
“I don’t want to feel negative – I just believe you’re out there totally lost and exhausted and don’t know what to do or who to ask for help – but you’ve got to be staying somewhere, even if it’s the most dodgy place.
“So please, just reach out to us or let us know you’re OK.”
Ms Corp is 172cm tall with a medium build and short brown hair.
Anyone who has seen Ms Corp or has information on her whereabouts should phone Stawell police station on (03) 5358 8222.