Marion Barter earned praise for her warmth as a primary school teacher but in 1997 the 51-year-old mother-of-two became restless, quit her job, sold her house, and flew from the Gold Coast to start a new life in Europe.
Her family never saw her again.
If Barter had vanished without a trace, Australian police may have taken her case more seriously.
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But when her daughter Sally Leydon reported her missing, Barter was not added to the missing persons list and later a police officer told Leydon her mother wanted no contact with her family.
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