Mother’s tur­moil goes on

TEEN’S MUR­DER A MYSTERY

Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - NEWS - Alison Bald­ing

FOR 11 years, griev­ing mother Kathy Now­land has re­played the last mo­ments she had with her daugh­ter be­fore her body was found dumped in scrub­land at Mt Druitt.

Tomorrow would have been Michelle Pog­more’s 25th birth­day and, de­spite a $100,000 re­ward on of­fer, no one has been brought to jus­tice for her death.

“I don’t know how to ex­plain it, a piece of my heart is bro­ken and there is no clo­sure,” Ms Now­land said. “I hate not know­ing who has done this. I go out and if any­one nudges me, I look at them twice.”

Michelle, who was liv­ing with her mother in Bid­will at the time, was last seen about 9pm on Fe­bru­ary 20, 2004, af­ter leav­ing a street party in Bid­will.

Her body was found stripped from the waist down in Mt Druitt bush­land on the morn­ing of Fe­bru­ary 22. Po­lice are no closer to know­ing how Michelle was mur­dered.

“I last saw her on the Thurs­day af­ter school, she was in a bad mood when she got home but bright­ened up when I gave her a new pair of shoes,” Ms Now­land said.

“I had no idea she was go­ing to a street party. If I had, I would have picked her up straight away.”

Ms Now­land said she still re­mem­bered the sick­en­ing feel­ing she had when po­lice knocked on her door to say they had found Michelle.

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