With 11 days of the hunt remaining, we’re almost at the halfway point in Australia’s biggest game of hide and seek.
Tonight, two Ground Hunter teams were inching closer to Puneet and Kris, who had been tracked to the regional town of Harcourt North. But it was a case of wrong place, wrong time for Fugitives Sonny-Joe and Grace, whose time on the run came to an end.
With resources focused on the hunt for Jake and Rob after they popped their heads up in Ballarat, unbeknown to anyone, another team, Sonny-Joe and Grace, were hiding out at a nearby caravan park.
Quirky Sonny-Joe and Grace, whose method of going off-grid had so far stumped the Hunters, planned to leave Ballarat by train. They knew it was a risky decision but felt confident in their choice. After all, their taunts – a string of fake hotel bookings – had misdirected Hunters all the way to the Gippsland region of Victoria, over 250kms to the East.
Well aware of Sonny-Joe and Grace’s decoys, the Hunters were happy to play the long game – if they continued to follow up all leads, their hard work and patience would result in a capture.
Ground Hunter Team Alpha arrived at Ballarat train station just as Fugitives Jake and Rob boarded a train, resulting in a near miss. But just a few minutes later – in a spectacular display of good fortune, Team Alpha stumbled upon Sonny-Joe and Grace in a nearby street, disguising themselves as tradies as they prepared to catch a train out of town.
A foot chase ensued before the pair were captured to riotous applause in Hunted HQ. Sonny-Joe and Grace were proud of their time on the run, comforted by the fact that their capture was purely down to luck.