Missing Canberra teen’s father believes she is still alive in Vanuatu

Published:  23 Mar at 2 PM
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A Canberra girl’s father is optimistic that she is still alive after Vanuatu was hit by a devastating cyclone. In Febraury, Zoe Marshall went to volunteer on Pentecost Island with the Lattitude organization during her gap year which she had funded herself.

Since Cyclone Pam, which registered as a category 5 cyclone, hit Vanuatu last week, the 18-year-old volunteer has not been accounted for.

Rob Marshall, the girl’s father, said that he has had contact with her over the last two months on a semi-regular basis via SMS however he has not heard anything since the island was hit by the cyclone. He added that all communications with Pentecost Island have been down and that the only information he had gained was from a flyover of the island a couple of days ago by the Australian Defense Force (ADF). The information from the ADF showed that island did not suffer as much damage as other places such as Tanna and Port Vila.

This news came as some relief to Mr Marshall who believes Zoe is safe and, most likely, continuing with the relief efforts by helping to rebuild the island and teaching the children. He hopes that she will be back in contact as soon as communications are turned back on.

According to Rob Marshall, Zoe was having a great time working on the island and enjoyed helping the local people.
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