One of the curiosities of news coverage is it's seemingly one-way interest direction.
The Euro kids, simply missing, accidentally burned to death or worse, murdered, in far flung remoter parts of the world. The Australian Outback seems to attract its fair share of negative publicity.
It works the other way too:
Australia's second city, Melbourne, is caught up with the tale of it own missing 21-year-old backpacker. A Croatian police statement that they are "looking for a girl and not a body" headlines in all of today's Oz newspapers.
Picture: The Age
Britt Lapthorne, above, went missing in Dubrovnik, Croatia on September 18 and, in the reverse of so many, European missing/lost/murdered tales her brother, Darren, and father, Dale, are now in the country desperately seeking clues to what has happened to their loved one, last seen in the Fuego nightclub in the city.
Croatian police say the son of the owner of the Dubrovnik hostel where Britt was staying was released after 36 hours of questioning but was not a formal suspect.