Queensland family arrive in Mexico as search for missing mum continues

A Queensland family has arrived in Mexico to join the search for missing mum Tahnee Shanks who hasn’t been seen in almost a week.

The international search is ramping up for the 32-year-old from the Whitsundays, whose two-year-old daughter Adelynn was found abandoned in a local church in Cancun.

The toddler was found shoeless and without either of her parents.

Tahnee Shanks’ daughter was found at a church. (9News)

The family arrived in Cancun this morning to try and gain custody of the two-year-old.

Shanks’ brother, Daniel Shanks, said yesterday the family has no confidence they will find the missing mother.

“We’re doing our best to keep it together but it’s pretty tough at the moment,” he said.

“I’ve got no confidence in finding Tahnee to be honest.”

Tahnee Shanks has been missing for days after her daughter was abandoned outside a church in Cancun.
Tahnee Shanks has been missing for days after her daughter was abandoned outside a church in Cancun. (Facebook)

Shank’s family is offering a $5000 reward for anyone with information about her whereabouts.

Shanks had been living in Mexico with her partner and Adelynn’s father, Jorge Aguirre Estudillo, and was holidaying in the country’s south when she disappeared.

Her brother confirmed the relationship between his sister and Estudillo had begun to deteriorate, with Shanks considering a return to Australia.

A search is now underway in Mexico for 32-year-old Queensland mum Tahnee Shanks, who hasn’t been heard from since Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Supplied/Facebook)

Witnesses say they believe it was Estudillo who left the young child at the church.

“We’ve got three eyewitnesses telling us that, verifying it was him. And Tahnee’s the one missing,” Shanks said.

“And he’s on the run, as far as we’re concerned.”

Shanks said he was initially contacted by his sister’s concerned ex-boyfriend after the young mum went silent on social media.

She has not been heard from since Sunday.

A search is now underway in Mexico for 32-year-old Queensland mum Tahnee Shanks, who hasn’t been heard from since Saturday, April 30, 2022 . (Fiscalía General del Estado de Yucatán)

Mexican police have obtained CCTV of the car the family was using leaving their residence.

“We do know they’ve gone to Tahnee’s residence … gone inside and searched the place, got CCTV footage of the vehicle leaving,” Shanks said.

He added the car the family had been driving was recently found dumped in Cancun, two hours from their travel destination in Tulum.

A search is now underway in Mexico for 32-year-old Queensland mum Tahnee Shanks, who hasn’t been heard from since Saturday, April 30, 2022. (Fiscalía General del Estado de Yucatán)

Estudillo is wanted for questioning but has not been located by authorities.

Mexican authorities have filed a missing persons report while police in Australia confirmed they are doing what they can.

“If it involves someone who should be in Queensland, or was meant to be coming back, we will be involved in that to find out what’s gone on and get answers for that family,” Queensland Police Commissioner Katarina Carroll said.

Reference-www.9news.com.au

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