Tragic end to search for missing mum Elisa Curry

A BODY found on Victoria's Surf Coast has been confirmed as being that of missing mother Elisa Curry.

Pathology tests on the remains identified Mrs Curry, 43, who vanished from her Aireys Inlet holiday home about 10.30pm on September 30.

A woman walking her dog discovered the remains at Point Roadknight beach, on the coastline near Anglesea, about 11.30am on Wednesday.

The surf spot was about 10km northeast of where Mrs Curry vanished 11 days earlier.

Mrs Curry was last seen at her family's holiday home after having watch­ed the AFL Grand Final with a friend, and hosting a neighbouring couple.

One neighbour told police Mrs Curry had prepared for bed about 10pm, after the two had spoken of a personal matter. That conversation has for­med part of the police investigation.

An economist before beco­ming a full-time mother, Mrs Curry had been battling personal problems.

But friends said she had seemed "in good spirits" the night before she disappeared.

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Mrs Curry's husband David and her three children had ­att­ended the MCG for the Grand Final and stayed in Melbourne before travelling to Aireys Inlet the next day. They arrived to discover her missing.

Also missing was her phone and the family dog, who was found roaming the streets.

Mrs Curry had shut down her social media account.

There was an exhaustive week-long land, sea and air search of the area by State Emergency Service crews, the Country Fire Authority, police and Bush Search and Rescue.

The search was then scaled back. The hunt for her had been conducted in bushland over a large radius, in case Mrs Curry, an avid marathon runner, had gone running.

Mrs Curry had been known to make round trips of up to 40km, and searchers set an initial 20km radius boundary.

Apart from searching bushland, crews looked through vacant blocks, residences, creeks, waterways and cliffs.

Midway through the search, Mr Curry spoke to media about his missing wife in the hope it would lead to clues as to her whereabouts.

Mrs Curry's death was not being treated as suspicious at this stage, but the police investigation into the matter was continuing.

anthony.dowsley@news.com.au

@anthonydowsley


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