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NSW SHARON EDWARDS: Missing from Grafton, NSW - 14 March 2015 - Age 55

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by MarlyWings, Mar 18, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Appeal by family of missing NSW teacher

    April 1, 2015

    The family of a missing NSW primary school teacher who’s been missing for more than two weeks will make a public appeal for information.

    Sharon Edwards, 55, hasn’t been seen since she was at the Good Intent Hotel in Grafton on the Saturday night of March 14.

    The much-loved teacher was reported missing two days later after she failed to turn up to work at Coutts Crossing Public School.


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  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    NSW Police Force

    9 hrs

    Police have released new information as part of the ongoing investigation into the disappearance and suspected murder of Sharon Edwards one year ago.

    Sharon Edwards – a 55-year-old mother, grandmother and dedicated teacher at a local school – was reported missing on Tuesday 17 March 2015.

    As part of their inquiries, detectives have confirmed Mrs Edwards was last seen by her husband about 10.30pm... on Saturday 14 March 2015, when she arrived at her home on Riverdale Court, Grafton, following dinner at a local pub with friends.

    Mrs Edwards was due to teach classes the following Monday (16 March 2015), but failed to attend.

    Strike Force Burrow was formed by the Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command to investigate her disappearance.

    Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command’s Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Darren Jameson, said despite their extensive investigations, Mrs Edwards has not been located.

    “Detectives have been working tirelessly to locate Mrs Edwards, and with the evidence at hand and knowing there has been no contact in 12 months, we believe she may have met with foul play,” Det Insp Jameson said.

    “We have received incredible support from the community and we have followed a number of lines of inquiry; however, we have not been able to locate Mrs Edwards, or her handbag and mobile phone.

    “Her mobile phone is a key element in our investigation and we are analysing forensic data from mobile service providers.”

    Following preliminary forensic examination of her mobile phone transmission data, it appears her phone signal has migrated from Grafton, moving north to the Lawrence area.

    The last signal transmission from her mobile phone was in this area in the early hours of Sunday 15 March 2015.

    Detectives are continuing their analysis of this data, as well as that of other mobile services which may have communicated with her phone during this time.

    “We are particularly keen to speak with anyone who may have been travelling between Grafton and Lawrence late on the Saturday night or early Sunday morning,” Det Insp Jameson said.

    “During initial searches, Mrs Edwards’ car was found in her garage in Grafton, so if she was in possession of her mobile phone, and travelled north to Lawrence, someone might be able to help us work out how she got there.

    “This is a tight-knit community, so if anyone saw anything unusual that night, we’d love to hear from them,” Det Insp Jameson said.

    Sharon’s youngest son, Josh Edwards, also thanked the community for their continuing support of the Edwards family.

    “The last year has been very tough on our family but the people of Grafton have been very good to us; showing us how much they, too, love mum,” Josh said.

    “Not only did we have friends and family helping look for her, we had people from across the community offering to help out in any way they could.

    “A year is a long time without any contact and any answers. It’s heartbreaking for all of us – we miss her so much.

    “On behalf of our family, I’m asking for anyone who knows anything that could help us find our mum to get in touch with police,” Josh said.

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  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Sharon Edwards murder: Husband John Edwards named as suspect

    March 18, 2016 3:34pm

    THE son of missing Grafton teacher Sharon Edwards asked his father directly if he had anything to do with her disappearance.

    Mrs Edwards, 55, was last seen alive a year ago this week and is presumed murdered. Police today confirmed her estranged 58-year-old husband John Edwards — who was the last to see her — was a suspect.

    “We are still trying to rule aspects of this investigation in or out. But if you’re asking me, ‘Is he a suspect?’ Yes, Mr Edwards is a suspect,” Det Insp Jameson told reporters in Sydney.

    The couple’s son Eli Edwards told news.com.au he and his brothers Zac and Josh asked him if he was involved soon after she went missing.

    Coffs/Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson told reporters the couple may have argued when they met at her Grafton home about 10.30pm on March 14.

    The nature of that meeting was crucial, as were the movements of both Mr and Mrs Edwards immediately after, Det Insp Jameson said.

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  4. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Husband a suspect in case of missing teacher Sharon Edwards

    March 18, 2016 - 3:02PM

    The estranged husband of dedicated school teacher Sharon Edwards has been confirmed as a suspect in her disappearance on the first anniversary of her suspected homicide.

    The 55-year-old was last seen alive by her husband John Edwards at about 10.30pm on Saturday March 14 last year at her home in Grafton.

    Ms Edwards had returned home from a night out with three friends at a local Grafton hotel

    CCTV footage collected from the venue showed her in high spirits.

    Forensic analysis of her phone data shows that it migrated from Grafton to the small town of Lawrence later that evening, nearly 30 kilometres away. The last signal transmission from her phone in this area was in the early hours of Sunday, March 15.

    Investigators are awaiting data from forensic analysis to pinpoint the phone's exact location.

    Mr Edwards lives in Lawrence, and nearby properties were searched soon after her disappearance.

    Detective Inspector Jameson said that there was no expected reason why Ms Edwards would have been in Lawrence that night

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  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    If it was him, he probably buried her out there.

    Do they routinely check trash dumps immediately after someone goes missing?
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  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Yep they'll check all over including trash dumps.

    I'm thinking she may be in the river. Distance between Grafton and Lawrence is about 31kms - around 20miles.

    And the very large Clarence River runs between those towns....

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  7. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

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  8. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    This is a shocker for their 3 boys.
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    MissyMoo Bronze Member

  10. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  11. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Another homicide??
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  12. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    In a great majority of murder cases the husbands are the killers, so I agree with him on that!

    But he's saying only bad tempered people kill?!!?!
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  13. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    They've had an argument, he's the last person to see her and her phone was traced to where he lives.

    Doesn't take much to figure why police have named him as a suspect......
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  14. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Police revealed earlier this month Mr Edwards was a suspect in the homicide investigation into the disappearance of the 55-year-old grandmother, who was with friends at Grafton’s Good Intent Hotel on Saturday, March 14, last year before returning to her home where she met with Mr Edwards.
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  15. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    Kimster I think its just the way the article has been written. Its one and the same investigation. Sharon is his x wife but she is the grandma (to their sons children) mentioned in the article.
    This has got to be a living hell for their 3 sons. Talk about a family being torn apart.
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  16. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    I thought you meant he was a suspect in "another" homicide apart from the one involving his wife.
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  17. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    This is an older article from last year. It mentions quite a bit about the husband dumping his firearms.

    Husband acting like 'guilty man' after wife Sharon Edwards' disappearance

    September 27, 2015

    "I'm going crazy here, I'm acting like a guilty man."

    Those were the words uttered by John Wallace Edwards when he confessed to police he had dumped a cache of firearms after his wife disappeared.

    "I am doing crazy things," the former teacher from NSW's north coast told investigators.

    According to facts tendered in court, Edwards told police he became paranoid after his home was initially searched in relation to his wife's disappearance.

    "Specifically he said that he was paranoid that the police had 'bugged' his house with cameras," the facts state

    Fairfax Media understands a school-issued laptop was also found by police divers as they searched a waterway for Edwards' firearms.

    However, investigators weren't able to confirm that the laptop belonged to Mrs Edwards.

    All together four firearms, including a shortened rifle and pump action shotgun, and ammunition were found.

    However, Edwards told police during an interview he acquired the guns in the mid-nineties but hadn't fired them

    It is understood Edwards often stayed at the Lawrence property, about half an hour north of Grafton.

    Mrs Edwards' clothes and car were found at the Riverdale Court property, leading police to believe she made it home from the pub on March 14.

    Her handbag and phone have never been found.

    Detectives believe she may have made it to the Lawrence area in the early hours of March 15.

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  18. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    Dam scoured by divers in search for Sharon Edwards

    POLICE divers have searched a dam west of Lawrence in their quest for answers into the disappearance and suspected murder of missing Grafton woman Sharon Edwards.

    The search of the dam, bounded by Ryries Rd and Summerland Way, took a number of hours last week and while nothing was found, Coffs-Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said he could not rule out further searches.

    Det Insp Jameson said the area had been of significant interest to detectives attached to Strike Force Burrow for some time.

    That interest was buoyed by information from the public following a recent police appeal, which was sparked by an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers late last year.

  19. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Article from this past February. :(

    THE family of missing schoolteacher Sharon Edwards will hold a memorial for the grandmother to mark the two-year anniversary of her suspected murder.

    The memorial, organised by Mrs Edwards’ three adult sons, will be held in the north coast town where the 55-year-old disappeared on March 15, 2015.

    The event has been dubbed a “celebration of her life”.

    It comes almost a year after NSW Police named her estranged husband John Edwards, 58, as a suspect in her disappearance, which detectives are treating as a homicide despite her body not being found.

  20. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    I wonder if the ex attended her memorial :nevermind:
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