Frantic search for 73-year-old hiker ends in good news
UPDATE: The missing hiker has been found by campers after three days lost in rainforest.
EARLIER: A missing 73-year-old hiker has just spent her second night lost in dense scrub land on Fraser Island as authorities frantically search for the woman.
Madeleine Nowak became detached from a group of walkers along the Great Walk around 3pm on Thursday although her travelling companions did not raise the alarm until after dark, acting Patrol Inspector Brook Flood said.
When she failed to arrive at a designated location, the group, who are experienced hikers, retraced their steps in the hope of finding the woman before they alerted emergency services around 7pm.
The police search on Thursday lasted until 10pm, with emergency services restarting the mission at first light on Friday, only to come up empty-handed again.
With a growing urgency, the search recommenced once again at first light on Saturday.
The Great Walk stretches for more than 90km and can take around eight days to complete.
Ms Flood said the woman had sent a text message at about 7.30pm but had not made contact since.
"There was communication … last night, unfortunately her mobile phone is believed to be flat at this stage," Ms Flood said.
She said the woman had no known medical conditions and the area where she was last seen was dense scrubland.
"She had a small amount of food and water," she said.
Originally published as Frantic search for 73-year-old hiker