SA Police Major Crime Investigators now believe missing mother-of-two Tanja Ebert has met with foul play.
Ms Ebert was last seen on August 8 when she reportedly got out of the family car at Roseworthy and walked off leaving behind her husband, two boys aged one and three, and her personal possessions including her passport, purse and phone.
“We have searched this area – near the wheat stacks about 1.5km north of Roseworthy - today, and have found no trace of this young woman,” Detective Superintendent Des Bray, the officer in charge of the Major Crime Investigation Branch said.
“We have grave fears that she has been murdered, although we’re holding out some slim hope that we’re wrong.
“I’m asking that anyone who has had recent contact with her to come forward and speak with investigators by calling Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.”
Police today released video footage of the 23-year-old with her family at the South Australian Museum about 3.20pm on Tuesday, August 8 – the last independent sighting of the woman.
She was reported missing by a relative who contacted the police call centre about 10.30am on Thursday, August 11.
Her husband, who she met and married shortly after arriving in Australia in 2012, told police that on August 8, as the family headed home to a country station at Manna Hill (in the state’s Mid North), she got out of the car and walked off.
“We are aware there had been some issues in the marriage, however at this time we are keeping an open mind with regard to suspects.
“As with matters of this type, we are making inquiries to rule out the involvement of those who saw her last.”
“Unfortunately there have been no signs that she is alive, and we fear she has been murdered.”
Earlier today police from Major Crime, the Barossa Local Service Area, STAR Group, and Mounted Operations searched the area where Ms Ebert was last seen, assisted by the Police Helicopter and State Emergency Service volunteers.
Police have been liaising with Ms Ebert’s family and with the German Embassy.
Tanja Ebert is a German citizen, of Caucasian appearance, slim build, 165 to 170cm tall, blue eyes, blonde hair and speaks with a German accent.
Anyone with information that might assist police is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperssa.com.au.
Man dead at Mannahill
Meanwhile, a 41-year-old man has died at a Manna Hill property this afternoon while police were present at the address conducting an investigation.
Following a press conference in Adelaide into the disappearance of Tanja Ebert, the man suffered a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.
No one else was injured. The man's children are safe and well with family members.
The full circumstances of his death are being investigated, with a Commissioners Inquiry launched.
A report will also be prepared for the State Coroner.
SA Police said no further comment would be made at this time.
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