Updated: Abscond from low security, Townsville

Updated 8 January 2023: Police have located and arrested one of two prisoners who allegedly absconded from Townsville Correctional Centre (Women’s Low Security) on 25 December 2022.

Police and Queensland Corrective Services officers are still searching for prisoner Kristy Lisa Barnes who is currently serving one year and four months for assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Physical Description:

Height (cm)      –   160
Weight (kg)      –   50
Build                –   Light
Complexion      –   Dark
Eyes (Colour)   –   Brown
Hair (Colour)     –   Brown


Multiple tattoos on face, arms and hands.

If you have seen this woman, you should not approach her and contact police immediately by calling Triple Zero (000).

If you have information for police, contact Policelink by providing information using the online suspicious activity form 24 hours per day at police.qld.gov.au/reporting or call 131 444.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, via crimestoppersqld.gov.au 24 hours per day or by calling 1800 333 000.