SYDNEY: The Australian police have promised on Friday (11 January) to continue hunting for a missing German tourist, but after several days of scouring the dusty and parched outback he admitted that the time was running out.
Police have deployed drones and officers around the central city of Alice Springs to find the 62-year-old bushwalker, who was seen on New Year's Day.
"Our members have been tirelessly trying Alice Springs for five days and while they are not doing it I do not see the hour, we hope to find her alive," said Superintendent Pauline Vicary.
Friday night local temperatures reached 41 degrees Celsius and were even higher during the day.
Monika Billen left her Desert Palms Resort hotel on January 1 and is thought to have hitchhiked and headed to Emily Gap, a popular tourist site in a remote nature park famous for its rocky gorges and gorges.
The police were informed when the hotel did not return as planned a few days later.
Police believe that a motorist may have seen her dehydrated and disoriented as early as January 2nd.
He only had a yellow cashmere scarf to protect himself from the ferocious desert sun.