A 14-year-old girl named Shyanne-Lee Tatnell went missing from Launceston in late April. After three months of searching, the police made a tragic discovery - human remains were found more than 50km away from where she was last seen. The remains were discovered during an extensive ground and air search in a 50sq km section of bushland near the rural town of Nabowla.
The remains remain unidentified at this stage. A crime scene was also set up at nearby Scottsdale, although the connection between the two locations has not been confirmed and no arrests have been made. However, the police stated that the investigation likely had a 'criminal element'. They are now conducting extensive forensic examinations with specialist police. During the search, around 180 personnel were deployed, including trained search and rescue personnel, SES volunteers, helicopters, people on horseback, all-terrain vehicles, drones, and police recruits.
A specialist cadaver dog from NSW was brought in to help with the search. The investigation focused on cars of interest in the Henry Street area at the time Shyanne-Lee went missing, and all drivers were interviewed. Despite the extensive efforts and resources put into the investigation, Shyanne-Lee has not been found alive. The police have been in regular contact with her family and expressed their thoughts for them during this difficult time. Anyone with information about Shyanne-Lee's disappearance has been urged to contact the police.
The search for Shyanne-Lee and the discovery of the human remains highlights the tragic nature of the situation. It also reveals the commitment of the police to find her and uncover the truth behind her disappearance. The investigation is ongoing, and the police will continue their efforts to bring closure to this case.