Township tight- lipped about fight
Mum’s death still mystery
A MEMORIAL service for a grazier who died after intervening in a fight between her husband and son is to be held in Aramac on Saturday.
Ann Hay, 55, suffered a head injury while trying to separate her husband David and son Robbie outside the Aramac Hotel on July 11.
It is believed she hit her head on the ground but police have been unable to confirm what actually happened.
Mrs Hay later lapsed into a coma at home and was taken to Barcaldine Hospital before being flown to Townsville.
She died at Townsville Hospital on July 14 and a private funeral service was held in Townsville on Tuesday.
After her death, locals remembered her as someone who made a “wonderful contribution” to the annual Harry Redford Cattle Drive from Lake Dunn to Bowen Downs.
The tight- lipped community has closed ranks, complicating the police investigation.
Central West District Inspector Mark Henderson said police were continuing their investigations and would prepare a report for the coroner.
“It would be nice to bring some closure but no one saw a thing, apparently,” he said.
An autopsy proved inconclusive but forensic pathologists are further reviewing their results and tests.
Insp Henderson said no one had provided any direct evidence of what happened.
“We are still seeking information from anyone who witnessed the fight,” Insp Henderson said. “It is a difficult situation. It is a small town. But it is important to bring the matter to an end.”
Aramac locals continued to express their shock at Mrs Hay’s death yesterday but refused to be named.
“I don’t want my name anywhere near it,” one man said. “It is a small town, after all.”
MEMORIAL: The late Ann Hay, and the
from July 16.