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Qld KATHLEEN O'SHEA: Missing from Atherton, QLD - 29 Dec 2005 - Age 44

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by Scorpio, Mar 27, 2018.

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    Missing mother-of-five Kathleen O'Shea likely murdered: coroner

    mother of five who vanished in Queensland's far north in 2005 was likely murdered but who killed her and where her body lies remains a mystery, a coroner has ruled.

    Kathleen O'Shea was visiting the Atherton Tablelands, inland from Cairns, for the birth of her first grandchild when she disappeared on December 29, 2005.
    No one has been charged over the 44-year-old's death.

    Ms O'Shea was dropped off on a street in Atherton on the day she died by her son Alan, and was last seen with two men buying beer from a local hotel.

    Northern Coroner Jane Bentley ruled on Thursday, following an inquest into the disappearance, that Ms O'Shea was likely murdered.
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    Cairns inquest hears man admitted to killing missing Melbourne woman

    Melbourne woman Kathleen O'Shea, 44, disappeared in 2005 while visiting family at Ravenshoe in far north Queensland.

    A witness, whose identity has been suppressed, has told an inquest that one of his associates told him while very drunk that he had killed Ms O'Shea.

    On another occasion, the same man told him he was scared he would be charged with her murder. That man likewise cannot be identified for legal reasons.

    Earlier this week, a warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to turn up to the hearing to give evidence. The witness described the man as "psychotic" and prone to being paranoid and aggressive, and also said Ms O'Shea had been a heroin user.

    He said he came forward with the allegations to police last year in the interests of Ms O'Shea's family. The inquest resumes today.
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    Any word on finding Kathleen?
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    Exclusive: Daughter re-trains as criminologist to search for answers to Aussie mum's disappearance
    March 2019

    When Lily Parmenter allows herself to think about who could be responsible for the sudden disappearance of her mother two thoughts instantly flood her mind.

    More than 14 years have passed since the hairdresser from Queensland last saw her beloved mum, Kathleen Mary O’Shea, or Katie to her friends, alive.

    It was the evening of Friday December 16, 2005, and Ms Parmenter had brought her to tears with an early Christmas present of a crystal ball necklace.

    The then 19-year-old salon apprentice and her mother would spend the holiday apart with Ms O’Shea and her youngest daughter instead travelling to Queensland from Melbourne for the birth of Ms O’Shea’s first grandchild.

    The trip was meant to be a chance for the mother-of-five to spend time with a number of family members, as well as catching up with friends from her years of living in Far North Queensland.

    However, despite having a return flight to Melbourne booked for 17 January, 2006, for her brother’s wedding, the 44-year-old never made it back home.

    It is this sense of pride in her family that continues to stay with Ms Parmenter.

    She refuses to believe her mother would have voluntarily abandoned her children. Instead, it is her belief her mother is dead, possibly murdered.

    “I don’t think that she would leave for this long. She was about to be a grandma - wild horses wouldn’t be able to keep her away,” she said.

    “I just want to bring her remains home, for me personally, there’s nothing worse than having such an anonymous death. It’s the cruellest thing you could do to someone.”

    “The last words my mum said to me were don’t forget how much I love you and how proud I am of you,” she said.

    “They are beautiful and at the same time they are really sad.”

    Despite the passing years, Ms Parmenter and her family remain at a loss as to what happened to her mother. One theory is that she died of an accidental overdose in which a family member might have had a hand in disposing her remains. A second theory is Ms O’Shea was the victim of a convicted rapist.

    “The family member has been… and that is a possibility,” Ms Parmenter said, declining to name the alleged suspect in the family.

    “But there was a monster in the area. He frequented that same area. The possibility is that he could have done it too. I don’t know what’s worse, that she could have been killed by a family member or killed in a vicious attack.”


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