By Humphrey Carter

PALMA
BRITON Jacqueline Tennant has now been missing in Majorca for three weeks but yesterday her sister Monique, who is leading the campaign to find the 45-year-old, said she felt they “were getting close.” Jacqueline, who spent the summer working as a resort representative in Can Picafort teaching children to swim, was last seen at 9am on October 9 and last spoken to between mid-day and 1pm when her supervisor called her mobile.

The only hint Jacqueline gave as to where she might have been was when she said that she was “nearing the summit” and “the view was magnificent.” While Movistar continues to apparently drag its feet over locating the signal of that last call received, despite having been served a court order to do so by the Inca judge handling the case, the Guardia Civil, Civil Protection and fire service have been doing everything they can to try and get a fix on where Jacqueline may have headed for a hike and have been providing as much assistance and support to the Tennant family as possible.

Last week, the Guardia Civil mountain search and rescue team reconstructed what may have been Jacqueline's steps on Tuesday 9 and, based on the fact she only used public transport to travel round Majorca and had breakfast at her hotel at 9am, could not have gone too far. For the past five days, the Guardia Civil have been combing the Son Marti mountain which bears down on Alcudia and yesterday, while they returned to the spot, Jacqueline's sisters Monique and Maxine headed off to Formentor with a team of fire fighters and three special search and rescue dogs.

The family had been considering hiring a private mountain search dog team from the UK but the Majorcan fire service and Civil Protection jumped to their aid.

Now they may hire a Guardia Civil mountain rescue unit to boost the search even more.
They have also sought the services of a Palma and UK based lawyer to put pressure on the phone company.
However, yesterday afternoon Monique said that the police and fire services are doing a wonderful job and that she felt “they were getting close.” Monique and her sister Maxine, who flew to Majorca from New York ten days ago to help the search, have continued to bill posters of their missing sister from London around the island.

They know Jacqueline, a fit and healthy member of the Women's Auxiliary Air Force who wanted to go to Iraq, has not left the island, her passport, money and personal belongings were found at the apartment she shared with her First Choice resort colleagues. So they know she is on the island.

The big question though is where?

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