The young Australian woman still missing after the London Bridge attack narrowly avoided two other barbaric terrorist acts in the UK, her mother has revealed.
Sara Zelenak, from Brisbane, has not been since she became separated from friends while on a night out in London on Saturday, with her distraught family launching a public appeal to find the ‘smart and sensible’ 21-year-old.
Her mother, Julie Wallace, has described the moment she found out her daughter was missing after the attack, telling how she was almost caught up in the Westminster Bridge rampage and Ariana Grande concert bombing in Manchester.
‘Horror, complete horror. And the one with the policeman being stabbed about three months ago, she was there the day before in the exact spot,’ Ms Wallace told radio station 97.3FM on Tuesday.
The mother of Sara Zelenak (pictured), still missing after the London Bridge attack, has revealed her daughter narrowly avoided two other terrorist acts in the UK
Ms Zelenak (pictured) has not been seen since Saturday night when she was caught up in the London Bridge terror attack
‘The one with Ariana Grande’s [concert], she was going to go to the concert.
‘Everything she’s just missed.’
On March 22, policeman Keith Palmer, 48, was stabbed to death by British-born jihadi Khalid Masood, 52, outside Parliament in London and four others were killed when they were mowed down by the terrorist on Westminster Bridge.
Two months to that day, 22 people died when another Islamist terrorist, Salman Abedi, 22, bombed the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
Ms Zelenak was meant to be working on the night of the London Bridge attack but changed her plans at the last minute as the family which employs her as an au pair had given her the night off.
Three jihadi terrorists shouting ‘this is for Allah’ killed seven people and left 48 injured on Saturday night when launched a van and knife attack on London Bridge and at nearby Borough Market just after 10pm.
On Tuesday, family and friends of Ms Zelenak were seen visiting the family home of the 21-year-old in Brisbane
Ms Zelenak’s aunt, Tara (pictured), speaking to reporters on Tuesday outside her niece’s family home in Brisbane
Family and friends, some carrying flowers, were at the family home of Ms Zelenak as they waited for news about her whereabouts
Ms Wallace said she last spoke to her daughter at 4.42pm on Friday, Brisbane time, with Ms Zelenak expressing her excitement about her impending trip with her mother and stepfather to France at the end of June.
Ms Wallace said her family were distraught at not having heard from Ms Zelenak and told how she has not slept for two days.
The family are due to fly out to London in a desperate bid to find Ms Zelenak, who has been living in city since March on what was to be a ‘wonderful trip’.
Ms Wallace said that as she did not have confirmation her daughter’s heart was still beating, she needed to do everything she could to track her down.
On Tuesday, family and friends of Ms Zelenak were seen arriving at her family home in Brisbane, before they flew out.
Ms Zelenak’s stepfather Mark Wallace on Monday said he had called every hospital in the city trying to find Ms Zelenak.
‘I feel terrible, I don’t know what my name is, I can’t think,’ Mr Wallace told News Corp.
Ms Zelenak has not been seen, or heard from, since three jihadi terrorists shouting ‘this is for Allah’ killed seven people and left dozens injured in the heart of London on Saturday night
Ms Zelenak’s mother said she had been planning to go to the Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22, which was targeted by terrorists, but changed her plans
Young victims look visibly distressed as they leave the Park Inn hotel that took-in victims from the Manchester Arena stadium after the Ariana Grande Concert was bombed
‘Authorities in London can’t give any information, they are in a terror lock down, so there’s just no ability to find out or get any information… She’s been gone for 48 hours and no one has seen or heard from her.’
Meanwhile, family and friends launched a public appeal that same day to find Ms Zelenak.
Pri Gonçalves also revealed she was the last person to see Ms Zelenak – but the pair became separated when they panicked and ran for their lives when a van began plowing into people.
The pair had been leaving London Grind, a trendy restaurant moments from the scene of the attack, and were looking for a bar to go to when the chaos began.
Mark Wallace (left) the stepfather of Ms Zelenak (right) said he has called every hospital in London in a desperate attempt to find the 21-year-old who has not been seen since Saturday night
Pri Gonçalves (pictured) revealed she was the last person to see Ms Zelenak on Saturday night
A public appeal to help find Ms Zelenak has been launched as the Brisbane woman has been missing since Saturday night’s terror attack
She called Sara at 10.09am – a minute after police received the first emergency call reporting the attack and tried again a couple of minutes later, again at 10.16pm and 10.17pm but received no answer.
And Ms Zelenak hasn’t been online to check her messages on Whatsapp since 10.03pm.
The pair, both au pairs working in Herne Hill in south London, had met on the train.
That evening, they were out celebrating Ms Zelenak’s new job in Westminster and had met at London Bridge station before going to dinner.