A missing grandmother had an AVO closed against her estranged husband just four months before she disappeared and he was found dead in her car.
Ruth Ridley, 58, embarked on a 1,000-km road trip to visit her ex-husband on October 18, and was seen in a blue Mitsubishi Pajero while towing a caravan in the Riverina region of New South Wales about fourteen days ago.
Police believe she met her ex-husband, Gary, 61, and that the couple might be camping in the Murray River Reserve in Walwa on the NSW-Victorian border in the last weekend of October, Nine news reported.
Mr. Ridley's body was found only two days later on October 29 in bushland in Shelley, Victoria, in the SUV of his estranged wife, and the caravan was in Tumbarumba, about 86 kilometers away.
Mrs. Ridley has not been seen since.
There were no visible injuries to Mr. Ridley's body and the police are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine how the man died.
The couple is believed to have had a tumultuous relationship, and an AVO was concluded against Mr. Ridley, a former Queensland police officer, in August.
Grandmother Ruth Ridley (left) has disappeared and her estranged husband Gary (right) was found dead in her car after leaving Port Macquarie on a 1000 km road trip to Victoria
Mrs. Ridley's family (photo) made a desperate plea to find her and bring her home safely
The body of Mrs. Ridley & # 39; s husband was found in the car on Shelley Road, Shelley in Victoria, on Tuesday, October 29
The 58-year-old was last seen shopping in a supermarket four days before her husband's body was found.
She was reported missing last Wednesday and the police are now looking for her as she snoops through camera images hoping for clues.
Mrs. Ridley & # 39; s son, Steven, reported his parents missing to the police and told The Daily Telegraph the family is desperate to find her safe.
& # 39; We don't know anything about mommy yet, we have nothing new about it, & # 39; he said.
& # 39; I can only say that we hope to find Mommy. Mama is very caring and kind, loves her grandchildren … if anyone sees her, contact the police. & # 39;
Mrs. Ridley is a devout Christian grandmother who regularly visits the Point Community Church in Port Macquarie.
Church members described the 58-year-old as a kind and gentle woman who loved her family and grandchildren.
& # 39; She is such a beautiful soul, everyone loves Ruth. She lives for her family and is confused with her grandchildren. Her family is her life, & said a member of the Church.
Mrs. Ridley rode this dark blue Mitsubishi Pajero to the south on October 18. She reportedly planned to visit her estranged husband
Her car was found on October 29 and the caravan (photo) she towed was found the next day in Tumbarumba, a small town in New South Wales
Mrs. Ridley's son confirmed that his mother was not at the car when his father was found and reported her missing the next day.
Mr. Ridley's death is treated as suspicious and post-mortem investigations are underway to determine how he died.
It is not suggested that Mrs. Ridley is involved in the death of her husband, who is remembered as an avid golfer.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Riley & # 39; s sister-in-law Christeene Ridley went to Facebook to say she had not been in contact with her sons.
& # 39; Thank you for sharing my sister-in-law's photo. We still haven't had any contact from Ruth, but hope she gets in touch with her boys soon, & she said.
The police described Mrs. Ridley (left and right) as Caucasian in appearance, about 175 cm tall with a thin build, light complexion and blond hair
Meanwhile, investigators insist that anyone who camps on or around Neil & # 39; s Reserve, on the Murray River near Walwa, Victoria, contact investigators on the weekend of October 26-27.
Police believe the Pajero and the caravan were seen at campsites in the area in the days before the couple went missing.
Mr. Ridley saw the Pajero fill with gasoline in Tumbarumba on October 27, just two days before the grim discovery in the Murray River region.
Detectives work on putting together the couple's movements in the days prior to their death.
The police are also looking for anyone who saw the Mitsubishi Pajero tow the caravan between Walwa and Tumbarumba on October 27 to call CrimeStoppers or their local police station.
Anyone with information about this incident is requested to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.
A TIME SCHEDULE FOR THE DISAPPEARANCE OF RUTH RIDLEY
Friday, October 18: Ruth Ridley drives a dark blue Mitsubishi Pajero from her home in Port Macquarie to Tumbarumba, New South Wales
Tuesday, October 29: Her husband Gary Ridley is found dead in a car on Shelley Road, Shelley in Victoria
Wednesday, October 30: Mrs. Ridely's family reports her missing to the police. Her caravan can also be found in Tumbarumba
Monday, November 4: A desperate search is being launched to find Ruth Ridley
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