Son now wakes up screaming
Family ordeal ‘ like a movie’
the search in an indefinite period of suspension. He said that, if the search was officially called off, the next step would be to prepare a report covering all known details about Ms O’Donnell’s disappearance for the coroner.
While there are obvious conclusions people will jump to, Insp Cannon said police had a different view.
“We are confident there is nothing suspicious. It is all very sad, very upsetting. I have had several conversations with her husband. He is very distraught,” he said.
Insp Cannon said Mr O’Donnell had flown out of the Cairns airport to Melbourne last Friday.
“I’m keeping him in the loop about what is happening,” he said.
With the evidence at hand, there is nothing to suggest a happy outcome to any of this.
Francis “Cocky” Watkins, 79, said Missionary Bay was a known crocodile habitat.
“It’s all mangroves and deep creeks. That’s why it was popu- lar with fishermen. It’s a crocodile habitat, but everywhere around here is a crocodile place,” he said.
The son of professional crabber Sandy Jensen, Greg, checks his pots in Missionary Bay every morning. Everyone in town thought it would probably be Greg who would find Ms O’Donnell’s body but he hasn’t seen any sign of her.
“No one really wants to be the one to find the body, but it would be good for the family to get her back,” Ms Jensen said.
In a place like this, a person could disappear and never be found. It is almost as though Ms O’Donnell has been swallowed up by this ancient world of water and mangrove. A HEAVILY pregnant mother who saved her young son from an attempted abduction said she was shocked such a thing could happen in Ingham.
The woman was 37 weeks pregnant and alone with her three children on Wednesday when a 33- year- old man allegedly entered her home.
The family fled but the man followed them outside and allegedly grabbed the woman’s four- year- old son.
She struggled with the man before he let the boy go after another woman intervened.
The mother yesterday told the Bulletin her son had woken up screaming since the event.
“It is what you see in the movies – it isn’t something that should happen in a small country town like this,” she said.
“Something I really learnt as a mum during all this was I told my daughter to call 000 but she … hung up because she didn’t know what to say.
“Parents need to let kids know how to call 000 and what to say … give them as much detail as they can.”
The alleged offender was denied bail in Townsville Magistrates Court on Thursday after he was deemed an unacceptable risk to the community.
Magistrate Steven Mosch said the man had “terrorised” the mother and her children.
“She has fled from the defendant, who released her son but not after terrifying both of them and, I suspect, all members of her family,” he said
“Over a number of days he has displayed bizarre and irrational behaviour.”
After fleeing the home, the man allegedly went to Ingham Police Station, where he jumped the counter.
Police prosecutor Senior Constable Tim Madsen told the court the man did not know the family.
“He attended an address where he has no right to be,” he said. “There is no affiliation between him and the victims.”
The man, whom the Bulletin has chosen to not name, was expected to be admitted to the Secure Mental Health Unit.
The court heard Wednesday’s incident followed a string of strange behaviour from the man including allegedly eating bread and drinking wine at Ingham’s Catholic Church before drinking holy water and spitting at the priest.
The man faces seven charges including attempted child stealing, serious assault police and trespass. The matter is scheduled to be heard in Townsville Magistrates Court on August 21.