Calls to in­ves­ti­gate woman lost at sea

Whitsunday Times - - LOCAL NEWS -

THE dis­ap­pear­ance of a for­mer Whit­sun­day woman from a pri­vate yacht in Thai­land in 2012, has resur­faced in the me­dia this week, with claims that there are fur­ther in­ves­tiga­tive av­enues to pur­sue.

Carmel Brookes and her part­ner Dr Gerry Goe­den lived in Air­lie Beach for about 10 years. In 2007 they sailed to Malaysia and set­tled in Pe­nang. On the night of Fe­bru­ary 2, 2012, the cou­ple were sail­ing their 47-foot yacht Moon­dancer from Langkawi, Malaysia, to Phuket in Thai­land.

Ac­cord­ing to state­ments ob­tained from Dr Goe­den at the time, Ms Brookes is be­lieved to have fallen over­board while on watch at night about 53 nau­ti­cal miles south­east of Phuket.

Al­most a week af­ter her dis­ap­pear­ance, the search for Ms Brooke’s was called off.

Nonethe­less, her Bris­bane-based brother Bill Heang has never given up the fight to find out more about the night his sis­ter dis­ap­peared.

In Oc­to­ber 2012, Ms Brooke’s dis­ap­pear­ance and her fam­ily’s quest for an­swers was the sub­ject of a story on Chan­nel 7’s Sun­day Night pro­gram.

The pro­gram re­ported that Dr Goe­den had a pre­vi­ous re­la­tion­ship, which ended when his then wife died af­ter fall­ing from a wa­ter­fall.

This week, a Fair­fax me­dia re­port said Mr Heang be­lieved his sis­ter changed her will just months be­fore her dis­ap­pear­ance, leav­ing nearly ev­ery­thing to Dr Goe­den.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Dr Goe­den was ap­proached about these lat­est con­cerns but he de­clined to com­ment.

The re­port also said the Aus­tralian Federal Po­lice would work with the Queens­land Po­lice to re­view all avail­able ma­te­rial re­gard­ing Ms Brooke’s dis­ap­pear­ance to de­ter­mine any avail­able av­enues for in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

MISS­ING: For­mer Whit­sun­day res­i­dent Carmel Brookes.

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