Extraordinary twist in the case of a woman who died after two weeks lost in the Outback while her two friends miraculously survived as it was revealed that she smuggled $ 70,000 METH
- The police investigation into the deaths of women in the NT outback in December has ended
- Claire Hockridge, 46, died after a two-week stay south of Alice Springs
- She was part of drug smuggling during a police investigation into death
- A backpack with $ 70,000 worth of meth was found next to her body
A woman who died after spending two weeks in the outback was part of an elaborate drug smuggling racket at the time, a study found.
Mother of two and grandmother Claire Hockridge, 46, went missing in a remote part of the Northern Territory in November after telling her friends she was going on a camping trip with two friends.
The group’s Mitsubishi Triton all-wheel drive crashed in the dry bed of the Finke River south of Alice Springs.
While her companions were found alive, a Then the police investigation into the coroner started Mrs. Hockridge’s body was found on December 4.
It has since been revealed that police found a backpack with $ 70,000 worth of meth and a small amount of heroin next to her body, which had an extensive history of heroin and methamphetamine, the Northern Territory News reported.
The investigation results revealed that prior to her fateful journey to the outback, Ms. Hockridge had driven from Adelaide to Alice Springs after purchasing $ 100,000 of methamphetamine.
a backpack containing $ 70,000 in meth and a small amount of heroin was found next to Claire Hockridge’s body, a police investigation revealed
On the way back to Alice Springs, she turned off the Stuart Highway at Henley Station to hide the supply of drugs in sealed tubes and marked their location in the dirt.
A week later, on November 19, Ms. Hockridge returned to the outback in her 4WD with two companions to pick up the drugs and told friends she was going on a camping vacation.
But the trio got lost and got stuck in the dry bed of the Finke River the next day and set up camp hoping they would be found.
While stranded inland at temperatures of 40 ° C, the trio soon ran out of food and water and were forced to drink from a dirty pond, making them violently ill.
On November 26, police went to Alice Springs, Mrs. Hockridge, after concerned friends reported her missing and found that the place had been searched and the surveillance camera was disconnected.
Ms. Hockridge smoked up to 110 hits with meth in the two-week outback, according to researchers.
From nearby footsteps, they concluded that Ms. Hockridge was “confused and disoriented” in her final moments before she died of an “injury from ambient heat.”
Ms. Hockridge had told her friends that she was going on a camping holiday with friends, but got lost when their 4WD crashed south of Alice Springs (file photo)
Her family was told by the NT coroner officer in March that no public inquiry would be conducted, as no new information about her death would be revealed.
Some research results cannot be published for legal reasons.
Daily Mail Australia contacted the Northern Territory Police and the NT Coroner’s Office, both of whom were unable to comment on the investigation results.