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Second woman missing from Sakya International Buddhist retreat found in Buchan bushland

by Marissa Calligeros, The Age, January 19, 2016

Melbourne, Australia -- A woman was lost in the bush for 27 hours at Victorian Buddhist retreat, just one week after another guest was lost in the bush for five days.

<< The Sakya International Buddhist retreat in W Tree.

The woman, 44, went missing on Monday from the Sakya International Buddhist Academy in W Tree, near the small town of Buchan about four hours east of Melbourne.

It is understood the woman went for a bushwalk alone about 9.30am and did not return.

She was found nearly 27 hours later by police, about 11.45am on Tuesday.
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She was "disoriented" and about five minutes' walk from the retreat, a police spokeswoman said.

Last week, Dutch national Veronique Biunkens, 41, was missing for five days after setting out alone for a bushwalk from the same Buddhist retreat.

Ms Biunkens became lost on Thursday, January 7, but was not reported missing to police for five days.

She was eventually found near a creek in bushland on Tuesday, January 12.

A police spokeswoman said investigators were trying to establish why she was only reported missing on January 11, despite being missing for five days.



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