A missing grandmother may have been killed by her estranged husband in a suicide after a & # 39; reconciling & # 39; the camping trip went wrong, the police say.
Ruth Ridley was reported missing by her family on October 30, the day after the body of her ex-police husband, Gary Ridley, was found in her blue Mitsubishi Pajero in bushland in Shelley, northern Victoria.
Mrs. Ridley, 58, had embarked on a 1,000-km road trip from Port Macquarie, on the north coast of the NSW, to visit Mr. Ridley in Victoria on October 18.
The police believe the couple was planning to revive their romance after a tumultuous four-month period in which Mrs. Ridley had concluded an AVO against her ex-husband.
But investigators working on the case now say that the camping trip ended in a disaster, with Mr. Ridley & # 39; probably & # 39; killed his former partner before he took his own life.
& # 39; It's sad to say that this is the most likely scenario and the evidence points in that direction & # 39 ;, a police officer said The Daily Telegraph.
The police fear that grandmother Ruth Ridley (photo) is the victim of a suicide after her estranged husband Gary Ridley was found dead in her blue Mitsubishi Pajero
Gary Ridley (photo) was found dead in his ex-wife's car in bushland in Shelley, Victoria on October 29
& # 39; Although no body was found, the police keep looking in the hope that Mrs. Ridley will be found alive, but there has been no telephone contact or any indication that she is. & # 39;
The caravan that Mrs. Ridley towed during her road trip was found in Tumbarumba, about 86 kilometers away from where Mr. Ridley's body was found.
The police suspect that Mrs. Ridley's body may be hidden in nearby Bushland and is fighting the area for evidence.
Nine news reported that the couple might be camping in a Murray River reservation in Walwa on the NSW-Victorian border in the last weekend of October.
Mrs. Ridley's son, Steven, reported that his parents were missing at the police and told The Daily Telegraph that the family is desperate to find her safe.
Mrs. Ridley & # 39; s blue Mitsubishi Pajero (photo), where Mr. Ridley's body was found
Her car was found on October 29 and the caravan (photo) she towed was found 86 kilometers away in Tumbarumba the next day
& # 39; We don't know anything about mommy yet, we have nothing new about it. I can only say that we hope to find Mommy. Mama is very caring and kind … if anyone sees her, contact the police, & Steven said.
He also said that his parents have a & # 39; rocky relationship & # 39; had.
Mrs. Ridley was last seen shopping in a supermarket four days before her husband's body was found.
She 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.
The body of Mrs. Ridley & # 39; s husband was found in the car on Shelley Road, Shelley in Victoria, on Tuesday, October 29
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.
There were no visible injuries to Mr. Ridley's body and the police are waiting for the results of an autopsy to determine how he died.
Detectives are still working on putting together the couple's movements in the days before 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.
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
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
Tuesday the 5th of November: A police officer working on the case says that & # 39; the most likely scenario & # 39; suicide is
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