The search for a missing Aussie mother raises claims of her lover’s ‘life of deceit’


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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Written by Bourbiza Mohamed

I have 26 years of experience as a professional writer and editor and have been working as a full time freelancer since 2011. I am originally from Casablanca, Morocco, and I graduated from Qatar University with a degree in journalism. I have worked for newspapers, magazines, news agencies, websites. I speak fluent Arabic, French, English, Russian and Spanish.

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