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Queensland police hope dig solves missing woman mystery

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<p>Queensland Police today began digging at a site near Hervey Bay as the investigation into the suspicious disappearance of a 35-year-old woman gathers pace.</p>

Queensland Police today began digging at a site near Hervey Bay as the investigation into the suspicious disappearance of a 35-year-old woman gathers pace.

Shae Francis was last seen in late 2018 after visiting her mother at the Hervey Bay Hospital.

A 44-year-old man, Jason Cooper, was extradited from Victoria in June last year and charged with manslaughter and interfering with a corpse.

Mr Cooper was Ms Francis' partner. Police allege he fled to Brisbane, where he remained for a short time before heading to Victoria.

Police hope the excavation at a location in Maryborough, 230 kilometres north of Brisbane, will help the investigation.

Although Ms Francis was last seen in October, 2018, she was not reported missing for five months.

At the time, Ms Francis was battling drug and alcohol addiction, weighed just 40 kilograms and was estranged from her mother.

The former university student had been in and out of rehab but never got her life back on track.

Mr Cooper is set to appear in Hervey Bay Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/shae-francis-queensland-police-begin-digging-maryborough-site-near-hervey-bay/70b4c8bf-7a5c-456c-af64-5238a00facc0

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