Update (Friday 11 Dec): A body believed to be that of Bridget Flack was found this afternoon.
Flack’s family have thanked everyone who helped in search efforts and asked for privacy at this time.
Images of Flack have been removed in accordance with her family’s wishes.
Efforts are continuing to find a Melbourne queer woman who has been missing for a week and a half.
Bridget Flack was last seen last Monday morning in Carlton, never returning home after saying she was going for a walk.
More than a hundred people have turned out to help look for Flack, many of them strangers, The Guardian has reported.
Thousands have joined a new Facebook page dedicated to coordinating efforts to locate her.
“The community response is beyond anything I could ever even comprehend or imagine,” said Flack’s sister, Angela Pucci Love.
“It’s just extremely overwhelming, in the most positive way.
“As we were nearing a week mark, I was getting acutely aware that the longer this goes, my heart feels the less likely it’s a good outcome.
“We just needed to get that awareness up and for people to know her face and know her name.”
She said that the family had endured terrible emotional stress since her sister’s disappearance.
“It’s hell,” said Pucci Love.
“Every time the phone rings or there’s a knock at the door, your heart is in your throat.
“You try to be positive, but as much as you try, it’s very hard for your mind not to go into awful places.”
The Have You Seen Bridget? Facebook page is helping Melbourne locals to split up to cover searching areas of the park where Bridget was last known to be, based on mobile phone data.
Pucci Love said that the family hoped that Flack was safe and had simply decided to take some time alone, but this would be out of character for the social 28-year-old DJ and union worker.
“She by nature is an incredibly vulnerable member of the community… anyone who doesn’t fit in the box is always more vulnerable, they stand out more there,” said Pucci Love.
Flack is white, around 170 cm tall, and thin, with shoulder-length brown hair.
She is believed to be wearing black shorts, a pinkish-red T-shirt with green text, and a pink backpack.
Victoria police have urged anyone with information to contact them.
Anyone in the community needing support can refer to our list of resources and services.