FOUND: Cobar woman Danielle (Nelly) Martin.COBAR woman Angela Green says she “shook with emotion” when police phoned her to say her missing cousin Danielle Martin had been found alive some five days after she was last seen in the town.
“It was just the best outcome, I took the call and just looked at everyone and screamed ‘We found her!’,” Ms Green said.
Danielle (Nelly) Martin was last seen at her Hartmann Street home on Monday and was reported missing to police on Wednesday.
Police began an investigation and made a statewide appeal for information about Ms Martin’s whereabouts, issuing a photo of the 26-year-old mother and a white Toyota Hilux they believed she may have been travelling in.
A member of the public found Ms Martin on the Lerida Road, about 5km outside Cobar, about 2.40pm Saturday.
She was taken to Cobar Police Station then to Cobar Hospital for treatment for hypothermia.
Ms Green said she had hoping for the best but admitted she feared the worst.
“My stomach was churning the whole time, all we wanted was for her to be found alive,” she said.
Ms Green said Ms Martin remained in hospital and her injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.
What happened in those few days Ms Martin was missing was the subject of a police investigation.
But one thing that was clear, Ms Green said, was how community-minded Cobar had rallied to help one of its own.
“On Friday afternoon I put a post on Facebook asking if people on motorbikes might be able to meet at the truck bay on the Wilcannia Road to search for Nelly and within an hour there were about 18 motorbikes there ready to go,” she said.
“Property owners throughout Cobar, Tilpa, Louth, Mt Hope and Nymagee were checking their properties and pilots and property owners were doing aerial searches.”
Ms Green thanked the Cobar Roosters rugby league club for allowing a command post to be set up there to coordinate the search, along with local residents who had helped organise meetings, food and other supplies for those taking part in the search.
“Without them we would have been lost – there were so many people who helped, from the police and the people searching and even those people who didn’t live in Cobar but shared a post on Facebook to get the word out there, we can’t thank them enough,” she said.
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