‘No such thing as closure’: Mother of murdered woman phones Ray Hadley with emotional message
The devastated mother of a murdered woman hopes she’ll now get answers after a man has been charged with the crime.
23-year-old Leisl Smith was last seen leaving her home on the New South Wales Central Coast in August 2012.
A month after she went missing, her Honda Accord was found at Tuggerah train station.
Footage shows Leisl locking her car and entering a white ute before it drove away. She was never seen again.
Six years on from her disappearance, police have charged 48-year-old Jim Church with her murder.
Leisl’s mum Sandi phoned Ray Hadley, hopeful she’ll finally be able to find her daughter.
“Although someone has been arrested, there’s no such thing as closure,” she says.
“It’s a journey I don’t necessarily want to be on but it’s one that hopefully, at the end of it, will give me answers and I’ll be able to find my baby girl.”
Sandi says those who “abduct” or harm others can’t possibly understand the impact it has on those left behind.
“It’s like throwing a pebble into a pond. It’s not just that person that it affects. It’s a whole community.”
Ray offered his condolences to the grieving mother, saying he “could not walk a day” in her shoes.
“It’s every parent’s worst nightmare to lose a child, particularly in the circumstances I described earlier.”
Click PLAY below to hear Sandi’s heartbreaking call with Ray
Jim Church has been a person of interest in Liesl’s disappearance since 2013.
He will front Inverell Local Court on Friday.Leisl Smith went missing six years ago.