Imagine for a second that you are a wife with two young kids living in Queensland, Australia. Your life hasn't been easy, and to say that you have a lot on your plate — and your mind — would be an understatement. While out shopping with your boys, you're approached by a man wearing sunglasses. He looks strangely familiar, but the unbelievable prospect running through your mind is too crazy to be true. Or is it? That's what Sandie Gillette was faced with, and the answer is nothing less than shocking
City News Toronto
It all began back in 2006, when Sandie and her husband, Russell Jenkin, were living in the Melbourne suburb of Werribee. From the outside, the couple appeared to be living a perfectly normal life, but looks can be deceiving. Ethan was four at the time, and his brother, Charlie, was two. On the day in question, Sandie and Russell got into an argument. Russell continued to watch some sports on TV, and Sandie took Ethan and Charlie into another room.
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When Sandie and her sons got settled down in another room, they started watching a movie together. Sandie tried to put the argument aside, but the disagreement was still tugging at her. Only a little while later, shortly after 9 p.m., Sandie heard Russell’s Toyota Yaris pulling out of the driveway. Figuring he was still upset, she wasn't too concerned. But when the hours and minutes ticked away and Russell still hadn’t returned or called, Sandie began to worry.
City Of Greater Geelong
If you thought she was worried then, that was nothing compared to when she found out the next day that someone had discovered Russell’s vehicle, abandoned at the Lara Australian rules football ground 18 miles away from his home. Inside, they found all of Russell’s possessions, including his wallet, his identification, and a sum of cash. Was he so upset about the argument that he decided to leave his whole family? But then why wouldn't he take his ID and the money, not to mention his car? Sandie was understandably upset and confused, and she wanted answers.
National Missing Persons Coordination Center
The first step was to report the incident to the local authorities. Dennis Williams was the detective sergeant who was working Russell’s disappearance case. Although he was called into action, Sandie took matters into her own hands and searched the entire Lara neighborhood herself hoping to find some clues about her husband’s disappearance. She knocked on doors, she designed and passed out flyers, she spoke to possible witnesses. She was doing everything she could to try and get some answers.
Sydney Morning Herald
But unfortunately, she came up with no answers. Pretty soon the days turned into months; then the months turned in to years. She was concerned for Ethan and Charlie, who were now without a father, and Russell’s own family were concerned what had happened to their brother and son as well. People don't just up and disappear, or do they?