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Police dig up Brisbane yard in hunt for missing US woman

The blue tent marks the excavation site where sniffer dogs detected a possible body Photo: ABC
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Police will resume the excavation of a Brisbane yard on Sunday as they appeal to online gamers to help solve a woman’s suspected murder.

US woman Priscilla Brooten was last seen in Bracken Ridge in July last year but wasn’t reported missing until December.

The 46-year-old was a keen gamer and police believe she may have raised fears about her safety to the online community before her disappearance.

“It is certainly a possibility that we are keen to explore,” Detective Senior Sergeant Michael Hogan told reporters.

“They might not have even known she was missing.”

Priscilla Brooten: Last seen in July, 2018, but not reported missing until December. Photo: ABC

Police ramped up the search for the missing mother-of-one on Saturday, using cadaver dogs to comb the Bracken Ridge home of her former partner.

The woman and her ex-partner pair had been in a relationship for more than a year before she disappeared and he failed to report her missing.

The dogs pinpointed a narrow strip of land in the front yard alongside the driveway where the search is concentrated.

Police, who are also searching the 44-year-old man’s home and his car for evidence, have taken him into custody, the ABC reports.

“We share the fear of Ms Brooten’s family and friends and have reason to believe she may have met with foul play,” Det Hogan said.

Her mother and daughter in California have been kept up to date with the search.

They first contacted police in July with concerns about Ms Brooten but she was formally reported missing in December.

Ms Brooten was described as outgoing, friendly and a dedicated mother who enjoyed yoga and Zumba.

Police are also asking for anyone who remembers seeing Ms Brooten’s blue Volkswagen Golf to come forward.

Ms Brooten was driving the car for about a year before her disappearance, and it was found abandoned in Bunton St, Scarborough, about 9pm on July 6, 2018.

“Regardless of how trivial you think the information might be, it may be crucial to our investigation,” he said.