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This Distraught Family Is Desperate To Find The Body Of A Missing Indigenous Woman

"Has someone found mummy?".

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The family of missing Tamworth woman Johann Morgan, 41, have pleaded with the public for any information that could lead to finding her body.


The appeal comes after Ms. Morgan's former partner Thomas Ruttley, 46, who was charged with her murder last year, was refused bail yesterday in Tamworth local court via video link.

Morgan, a mother of nine, was reported missing on August 16 last year and her Mitsubishi wagon was found charred and burnt 17 kilometres outside of Tamworth shortly after.

Last December police charged Ruttley, 46, with her murder alleging that Ruttley killed and disposed of her body before travelling to Dubbo.

Yvonne Morgan, Ms. Morgan's cousin, says the family has been living in a nightmare since she disappeared.

"The kids are not right. They are asking every day, 'Is mummy coming home? Has somebody found mummy?' It breaks my heart,” Yvonne says.

Yvonne is currently looking after four of Ms. Morgan's children, aged between 16 and 10-years-old, and they ask every day if their mother's body has been found.

"I don’t know what to tell them. She absolutely loved her kids and also she had grandkids that she adored. They all need answers and closure".

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The family strongly believes that someone must have seen or heard something and is begging them to come forward with information.

"They [the police] found blood in her house and blood on her doona. I think it would have been a violent death and knowing Johann she would have fought and screamed," Yvonne says.

"It’s horrible, we just want to know where the body is. I’m begging anyone who heard something or knows anything to come forward".

Ms. Morgan's family is also calling for another search of the area surrounding Tamworth after the initial search by authorities last year failed to find anything.

Ruttley is set to appear in Tamworth local court on may 24.

If you have any information about the disappearance of Johann Morgan please call Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Formerly with BuzzFeed News, Allan Clarke is a NITV reporter based in Sydney.

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