However, Bridget didn’t return home and has made no contact with family and friends since.
Police say they have information to suggest that her phone was in the area near the river in Kew on December 2, however no calls or texts have been received from her since November 30 and her bank accounts have not been accessed.
Bridget had been staying with a close friend in Carlton for several weeks. The pair spoke “all day, every day”, so concerns were raised when she still had not been in touch on December 1.
“The communication just went quiet and that led us to be concerned,” said sister Angela on Thursday. “It’s incredibly uncharacteristic. Bridget has a very close community of friends.”
Angela said that her family was very concerned for her sister’s safety, in part due to her vulnerability.
“Bridget is a transgender woman and by nature I think that makes her a little bit more vulnerable in the community. So we are very concerned about that.”
In the three weeks prior to her disappearance, Bridget was trying to access help for mental health issues.
“She had reached out to me about three weeks ago to say, ‘I think I need a bit of extra help’,” Angela said.
“Unfortunately those things don’t come quick enough so we weren’t able to get what she needed prior to Monday last week.”
Angela became emotional as she described the stress and pain of not knowing where her sister was.
“We are so desperate to know she is safe and desperate to know how loved she is by her community and family,” she said. “We love her so very much and our only concern is her safety and happiness.”
“Someone can’t just disappear for 10 days in my mind. Whatever has happened, good or bad, there has to be some kind of trace, some kind of footprint left behind, a physical item of clothing, a sighting.
A Facebook group called ‘Have You Seen Bridget?’ has garnered more than 4000 members which Angela said had been “incredibly moving”.
Bridget works full time for a union and is also a DJ. She is heavily involved in the arts and politics, and studied a social science degrees.
Senior Constable Daniel Garside from the Melbourne crime investigation unit said a lot of calls were being received from the public, however none of the clothing found or sightings had been confirmed to be Bridget.
He said no theories had been ruled out.
“We are investigating everything at the moment, nothing has been ruled out. There is nothing to suggest she has met with foul play at all but we remain open-minded and are hoping that’s not the case,” he said.
“We are hoping she has just decided to go off with a friend maybe somewhere.”
The water police have searched the Yarra River and the air wing was also been involved. Senior Constable Garside said the public was their “biggest asset”.
On Thursday, investigators released CCTV footage of Bridget taken on the day she was last seen. She was wearing a bright pink T-shirt, black shorts and red socks, with a black face mask and a light pink backpack.
She is described as Caucasian, about 170 centimetres tall, with a thin build, shoulder-length brown hair and distinctive tattoos on her arms and legs. She is also know to frequent the Ballarat area.
Simone is a crime reporter for The Age. Most recently she covered breaking news for The Age, and before that for The Australian in Melbourne.