Dogs search for grandmother's remains

An appeal for public information about a NSW grandmother missing for more than a year has led police to search a state forest for her remains.

Sylvia Pajuczok, 53, vanished from a friend's home at Rockton, near Bombala in southern NSW, on Christmas Eve 2008.

"The mother of three left behind essential belongings including her mobile phone, some clothes and reading glasses," police said in a statement.

"Her bank account has not been accessed since and she was in good spirits, making plans for the future, when she disappeared, prompting police and her family to believe she has met with foul play."

Three days after her disappearance, her green Toyota Tarago van was found abandoned on the side of the Monaro Highway about 10km south of Bombala.

Following a public appeal by family and investigators last week, police on Wednesday began a search of the Bondi State Forest, just south of the car's location.

"Detectives are using a police cadaver dog, trained to detect human remains, in the sweep," police said.

"Rural Crime investigators on horseback and uniformed officers are also involved in the search."

Police have not detailed the information that led them to search the forest, which borders Victoria.

Extensive police and volunteer searches of bushland around the location of the abandoned car have proven unsuccessful.

Investigators last week asked for information about the driver of a white campervan seen parked beside the Monaro Highway near Ms Pajuczok's friend's home at Rockton.

The vehicle has been described as a Toyota Hiace with curtains at its rear windows.

Anyone with information about Ms Pajuczok's disappearance should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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