On the April 22, 2016, Broken Hill woman Christine ‘Chrissy’ Young walked out of Broken Hill Base Hospital and disappeared into the surrounding scrublands, and has not been seen since.
The case featured in police calls for public information and help during Missing Person’s Week but we thought we’d revisit the story after talking to Christine’s mother, who in an effort to once again get answers reached out to the Barrier Truth.
The 40-year-old, who suffered from mental health issues, left the hospital around 5pm on that fateful day and was last seen over an hour later, reportedly in various stages of undress.
Some even reported seeing Ms Young with a traffic cone on her head just prior to her disappearance.
Police searched into the night and for several days following her disappearance and found several items of her clothing, but tragically Christine has so far not been found.
As routinely happens in long-term disappearances, a coronial inquest was held in September 2018. The findings of the inquest were that Christine passed away sometime between April 22 and 24 in 2016.
The Coroner determined her death was caused by ‘misadventure’ after wandering into desert scrubland, whilst suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.
Of course, none of this has stopped her mother, Cynthia Vine, or NSW Police, continuing to search for Chrissy. The grieving family – which includes Christine’s son Tyson and daughter Lilliana – are looking for answers and some closure
Cynthia claims her and her grandson were never notified about her daughter leaving the hospital, and instead found out via social media almost 24 hours after the missing person incident occurred.
When we spoke to Mrs Young, she made several claims regarding her daughter’s disappearance and what she believes is police inaction.
They included accusations of police being racially unmotivated to solve the case.
“If she was white, this would have been solved,” she claims.
She also named a suspect she is convinced had something to do with her daughter’s demise. We won’t name the person in question here, but Ms Young says, “my two nephews told me he did it, he told them when they were in prison together”.
We put these and other questions to the police and they declined to comment on any allegations, as it is an ongoing investigation.
“Police have conducted extensive enquiries with the aim to find out what happened to Christine, and are seeking closure for Christine’s family,” Det Tom Insp Aylett, based at Barrier Police District, said.
“Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem, could be the missing puzzle piece to solving the disappearance of Christine,” the Detective Inspector added.
“I urge you to pick up the phone and call Crime Stoppers if you believe you have information which could assist us in our investigations.”
The matter remains open with detectives from Barrier Police District, anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.