– Rocks were turned, ground was shifted and scrub combed as the two-year investigation into the disappearance of Boronia schoolgirl Siriyakorn “Bung” Siriboon turned to a reserve less than two kilometres from her home.
Police and State Emergency Service crews on Monday started searching the Old Joes Creek retarding basin and surrounding parkland.
The reserve spans about 22,000 square metres, according to Melbourne Water, and police say the search could continue for days.
Bung left her home in Elsie a Street, Boronia, about 8:30am on Thursday, June 2nd, 2011.
She was seen by a neighbour a short time later in Elsie Street, walking towards Albert Avenue, but did not arrive at school that day.
She has not been seen or heard from since.
The reserve is less than two kilometres from where Bung was last seen. The small area of dense bush, with the creek flowing from east to west, is surrounded by houses and is popular with walkers, locals say.
But heavy overhead vegetation hides much of the reserve’s floor from the view of the houses that back onto it.
One local said it was a popular walkway between Army and Dorset Roads.
Cadaver dogs from the Queensland police are assisting in the search.
Police spent most of Monday focusing on an area only about 80 metres from Army Road and 30 metres off the path on the north side of the reserve.
“Taskforce Puma detectives are searching the Old Joes Creek Retarding Basin in Boronia as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance of Siriyakorn “Bung” Siriboon,” police said in a statement.
“The search is one of a number of searches conducted by investigators during the lifespan of the Taskforce, which was established in October 2011,” police said.
The search comes more than a year after police announced a significant development in the case.
Homicide Squad chief Detective Inspector John Potter revealed in June last year that a witness had come forward to say they had seen Bung about 130 metres from her school on the morning she went missing.
Inspector Potter also said at the time that police believed a local person was responsible for her disappearance. The sighting was significant because it suggested that the 13-year-old intended to go to school that day, rather than go somewhere else, he said.
As search teams crowded the creek’s end near Army Road by mid-afternoon, children walking home from the local school paused to watch.
Authorities began packing up just before dusk, with the search to resume on Tuesday morning – Dan Oakes, Niño Bucci & Rania Spooner







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