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Update, Monday December 28, 5:45pm

Police have found a woman missing from the Far North Coast safe and well.

The 42-year-old woman failed to return home from a beach walk at Hastings Point about 7.30pm yesterday (Sunday 27 December 2020).

She was reported missing to officers from Tweed/Byron Police District, who commenced inquiries to locate her.

Following a public appeal, she was found safe and well at Brunswick Heads just before 4pm today (Monday 28 December 2020).

Police thank the media and the community for their assistance.


Police are appealing for public assistance to find a woman missing from her Pottsville home on the Far North Coast.

Natalie Schipp, 42, failed to return home from a beach walk at Hastings Point about 7.30pm yesterday (Sunday 27 December 2020).

Her family found her car about 9.30pm and alerted officers from Tweed/Byron Police District a short time later.

An immediate search of the surrounding area was conducted without success. The Westpac Rescue Helicopter conducted a marine and land search again, unsuccessfully.

Police and Natalie’s family hold serious concerns for her well-being.

She is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 175cm tall, with a thin build, and short brown hair.

At the time she was wearing a black short-sleeved wetsuit top and black shorts.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have seen Natalie, or who has information about her whereabouts, to contact Tweed Heads Police or Crime Stoppers.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

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