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Family Of Missing Mother Desperate For Answers

"It's terrible not knowing where her body is."

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The family of an Aboriginal woman who went missing last year have made another desperate appeal for information about the whereabouts of her body.


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

Ms Morgan’s former partner Troy Ruttley, 46, was charged with her murder and faces court next Tuesday.

"It's terrible not knowing where her body is," Morgan's cousin Yvonne said. "The kids are so sad. It's so terrible. Everyone wants answers. It seems like a sick game someone is playing by not telling."

Morgan's family told BuzzFeed News in April they believe there are witnesses to the crime who haven't come forward.

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

Yvonne and several members of Morgan's family were in Tamworth today to attend Ruttley's court hearing, but it was adjourned until next Tuesday and will probably end up in a supreme court trial.

"We would have loved an answer today about whether this will go to the Supreme Court," Tracey Adams, Morgan's sister-in-law, told BuzzFeed News.

"All of this waiting and waiting and then to get an adjournment, it's exhausting. But we will travel for Johann wherever. We're just not going to let her go. Someone's always going to be here to support her and make sure we get peace for her."

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.

Contact Allan Clarke at arielle.benedek+AC@buzzfeed.com.

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