Mum's grief for dead teen as two remain missing

Mum's grief for dead teen as two remain missing

Sun June 17, 2012 8:33pm

LIFESAVERS refuse to give up hope of finding two men, feared drown, after teen Niranda Blair was found dead yesterday.

Niranda Blair was just about to start a new job, her boyfriend Trey Adamson had just turned 18 and Ben Wynn, 20, had recently returned from overseas.

But that joy turned to tragedy yesterday when Ms Blair's body was discovered by police washed ashore after an angler discovered the trio's abandoned fishing gear nearby.

Mr Adamson and Mr Wynn are still missing, feared drowned.

"I just knew it was her, as soon as we came around the corner and I saw her car I knew it was her," the 18-year-old's mother Toni Russell said.

"The police told us they had found a body but they couldn't tell us if it was male or female, and then later they said it was a female."

A tearful Ms Russell spoke of her anguish as she arrived at the Catherine Hill carpark, south of Newcastle, yesterday to see her daughter's car, parked there since the group went fishing last Friday.

The trio's friends and families were worried on Saturday when they hadn't heard from them but Ms Blair had been "house sitting at her Nan's" - who was away - so they were not overly concerned.

Ms Russell said her heart sank when contacted by police yesterday, and hoped it was a mistake. But then she saw her daughter's car.

The group had gone to Flat Rock, a notorious and isolated fishing spot within the Munmorah State Conservation Area, where five people from two families were swept to their death in May 2010.

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