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Mystery of missing mum-of-two who went for walk and never returned home

A desperate search is under way for a missing mum-of-two who went for a walk in a mountainous area and failed to return home.

Felicity Shadbolt, 36, vanished more than 24 hours ago and fears are growing for her well-being after ground and air searches turned up no sign of her.

Ms Shadbolt, who has two young daughters, was last seen leaving her home at about 11.30am on Sunday, wearing blue trousers, a black T-shirt and bright light blue CamelBak hydration pack.

The married mum, from Tom Price, Australia, was going for a walk on Mount Nameless, near Karijini National Park, said police, who launched a search in scorching temperatures nearing 40C.

She regularly goes for a walk in that area in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, said police, adding that the alarm was raised after she failed to return home.

Two women identifying themselves as sisters of Ms Shadbolt issued appeals for help on Facebook.

Ms Shadbolt has been missing for more than 24 hours

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One wrote: "I’m Felicity’s older sister and at this stage she hasn’t been found.

"Thank you to those who have helped looked and are still looking for her. We all want her home."

Another wrote: "This is my sister, please help search for her."

Monday’s search involved a number of offices, search and rescue volunteers and a helicopter until the effort was suspended due to thunderstorms.

Western Australia Police said: "Tom Price Police are coordinating a land search operation in the vicinity of Mount Nameless after information was received that 36-year-old woman Felicity Shadbolt failed to return from a walk yesterday, Sunday 13 January 2019.

"Ms Shadbolt was last seen about 11:30am. She regularly walks in this area but has not returned home.

"Ms Shadbolt is described as being 150-155cm tall, of slim build, and has blonde hair which is braided in two ponytails.

"She is believed to be wearing blue pants and a black t-shirt, and is in possession of a bright light blue CamelBak hydration pack.

"Tom Price Police and DFES State Emergency Service volunteers deployed to the area yesterday and conducted a search operation into the evening.

"The search will continue this morning with additional resources deployed into the search area."

The search was suspended later in the day and it was not clear when it would resume.

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