The desperate search for Shyanne-Lee Tatnell (pictured) took a tragic turn on Wednesday when her remains were found in bushland
The mother of a 14-year-old girl who was allegedly murdered has shared her heartbreak after a farmer was charged over her death.
The remains of Shyanne-Lee Tattnell were found in rural Nabowla, in Tasmania’s north-east, on Wednesday.
Scottsdale farmer Chris Jordan, 36, was charged with the teenager’s murder on Thursday, almost three months after she mysteriously vanished from Launceston, sparking a massive police search.
Shyanne-Lee’s mother Bobbi-Lee Ketchell shared a devastating post about the loss of her daughter on Friday evening.
Ms Ketchell also tragically lost her son Xavier in late 2012 due to a rare genetic condition he suffered from.
‘Heaven has now gained two of my beautiful children, I can not explain my heartache and pain right now,’ she wrote to Facebook.
‘Their wings were ready but my heart was not. My baby girl I will stay strong and continue to be your voice, protecting you was something I couldn’t do or save you.
‘You were taken away from me in the worst possible way. I am blessed I was your mum and you are coming home to me, just not the way I hoped.
‘A part of my heart went with you, it will never be whole again. You will be dancing and hugging your brother watching over us this I know.
The last three months have been a living hell for Bobbi-Lee Ketchell (left) as police investigated Shyanne-Lee’s disappearance
Ms Ketchell shared a heartbreaking post to Facebook after a farmer was charged with her daughter’s alleged murder
‘It’s not goodbye. I will one day hold you both in my arms again.’
Shyanne-Lee had left a youth home about 8.30pm on April 30 to visit a friend.
She was last seen walking a street in eastern Launceston when CCTV footage caught her disappearing into the black of night on a lonely road.
Court documents obtained by Daily Mail Australia show police will allege Jordan came across Shyanne-Lee sometime thereafter.
He then allegedly took the teenager back to his house in Scottsdale, a 64.5km drive northeast from the city, along a poorly lit country road which passes through farmland and forest.
Farmer Chris Jordan has been charged over Shyanne-Lee’s murder
This map shows where police allege Shyanne-Lee was taken, and where her remains were found
Later that night, Jordan allegedly killed Shyanne-Lee at his home before later dumping her body 24km away along a remote bushland track in Nabowla.
Police spent months trying to find Shyanne-Lee until a tip-off from the public last week led them search along Bridport Back Road, where the human remains – which police believe to be hers – were discovered on Wednesday.
Jordan was arrested in Launceston on Thursday afternoon, hours after police began scouring his property with a cadaver dog.
News of Jordan’s arrest has rocked the small tight-knit community of Scottsdale, which is home to just over 2300 residents.
Locals said they cannot believe their neighbour could be at the centre of such serious allegations.
A neighbour told Daily Mail Australia he was shocked by the ‘awful’ news as his encounters with Jordan had always been pleasant.
‘Knocked my bum flat when I heard,’ he said. ‘I got on with him, never had a problem with him.’
The man said Jordan has a young son that he shares with his ex-wife. He said after the couple broke up, Jordan had had several relationships.
Jordan has had a ‘pretty rough life’, the neighbour said, including being electrocuted two decades ago while working on a farm.
‘They (him and his wife) were having problems with claiming insurance and he was out of work for a long time. Then he was in a car accident.’
In recent years, Jordan had an agricultural job working with sheep.
The neighbour said the pair were on friendly terms and he would sometimes visit Jordan at his sprawling property, which was guarded by three dogs.
The man said the last time he saw Jordan was on Wednesday, when police officers were at the property.
‘He (Jordan) was there with his parents. The officers told him he had to leave the property for four days. They wouldn’t let him feed the horses,’ the man said.
‘Him and his mum wanted to go in the shed to get hay, but the officers said they couldn’t. They managed to talk them (the officers) around.’
Police could be seen on Thursday bagging evidence gathered from the expansive property – including a large axe. Police divers were also seen searching a dam.
Jordan faced Launceston Court on Friday for a brief appearance. Bail was not applied for and it was formally refused.
Shyanne-Lee’s mother reacts to body find
Moments before police announced an arrest had been made this week, Ms Ketchell uploaded a photo of her daughter on social media.
In the photo, Shyanne-Lee is seen smiling in her school uniform with a medal around her neck.
The caption read: ‘My baby girl I love you so much.’
Her grandmother said that Shyanne-Lee’s ‘mother’s heart’s ripped out’.
‘Bobbi-Lee should be organising Shyanne’s 15th birthday not her funeral, but sit and listen while her sons (aged) 16, 10 and four have their uncle inform them as best he can how their sister will never be home,’ she wrote.
Shyanne-Lee Tatnell’s mother uploaded a photo of her daughter on social media – smiling in her school uniform with a medal around her neck
Police and a cadaver dog investigated a shipping container (pictured) at the rundown property on the outskirts of Scottsdale in north-east Tasmania
Northern Tasmanian Police Commander Kate Chambers would not confirm the condition of the remains during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
‘I’m not going to talk about the condition of the remains,’ she said.
‘Shyanne-Lee’s family must be having a very traumatic time at the moment and I just want to extend my condolences to them.’
Commander Chambers would not say whether the 36-year-old had been a person of interest throughout the investigation, or whether he was known to police.
The commander was also asked about previous reports claiming Shyanne-Lee feared she was being followed a week before she disappeared.
‘Every single piece of information that was either provided to us or created by us in terms of through investigative techniques has been investigated,’ she said.
Human remains were discovered 50km from where the girl was last seen
Police sealed off the property near Scottsdale (pictured) on Thursday as forensic experts and search teams moved in
Earlier on Thursday, Daily Mail Australia witnessed detectives poring over the 36-year-old’s property – inspecting a shipping container dumped on the property and draining a dam.
Two police divers were seen inspecting the contents of a dam on the property, with work begun to pump water from a creek on the property.
Logged trees, rusty motor vehicles, tin sheds, and old shipping containers were littered across the block of land, about 3km out of town, which has been declared a crime scene.
Cows grazed in a front paddock next as officers searched the grounds with two dogs – one for cadavers, another for drugs.
One dog was seen excitedly running through a paddock as officers took it down to a stream that runs along the perimeter of the property.
Forensic tents were erected over a ute parked near the house while officers unloaded equipment from their nearby cars.
The grim breakthrough comes just days after it appeared all leads had dried up for detectives searching for the teenager.
Police spent weeks trying to track down all the cars seen driving past Shyanne-Lee in CCTV footage from Launceston’s Henry Street Bridge, in the hunt for clues.
But on June 30, police admitted they had finally managed to find the driver of the last car, a silver Honda Accord, without it leading to any new developments.
This week though police were tipped off with vital new information that triggered the largest ground search in north Tasmanian history.
‘It’s as a result of the investigation, the inquiries we’ve made and information we’ve received from the public,’ Detective Inspector Andrew Hanson revealed.
‘We’re acting on that information in that specific area.’
On Wednesday afternoon, a search team of 160 police officers, SES volunteers and a cadaver dog found the human remains.
Police officers and SES volunteers staged a massive search of bushland at nearby Nabowla on Wednesday (pictured) which led to the discovery with of the human remains
Shyanne-Lee – who would have been 15 on August 8 – vanished after she left the home of her mother in Burnie, north-west Tasmania, after a series of rows.
She moved in with her grandmother who lived nearby but later left there to stay at a youth centre in Launceston and had been there for two weeks before she vanished.
She was last seen on the Henry St Bridge over the North Esk River where the search has been focused before this week’s tip off saw it switch 50km east to Nabowla.
Ms Ketchell greeted the news of the grim discovery of the human remains with a series of broken hearts in a post on Facebook.
It came just 48 hours after she had lashed out at online trolls attacking her for not doing enough to find her missing daughter.
‘People these days are so cruel and quick to judge innocent human beings!’ she posted on Tuesday. ‘Like myself right now…’
She said critics had accused her of giving up on her daughter and not caring enough.
‘Stuff all you judgemental beings!’ she hit back. ‘Live one day in my shoes then happily judge – until then, shut your mouth.
‘You have something to say about me and my situation say to my face!’
Detective admit the hunt now has a ‘criminal element’ as the search at Scottsdale (pictured) continued
She said she still had hope of finding her daughter alive and backed the police investigation.
‘Just because my daughter isn’t headline news or on the media does not mean she is forgotten about or we have gave up on her.
‘(Detectives) are continuing to do all they can and more that you the public do not need to know, or my family and I need to share!
‘Shyanne’s case is still a priority 24/7. We will find my baby girl. No-one can feel my pain and understand how much I miss my daughter…every day is a struggle.
‘But I am still a fighting, grieving mother that is doing all I can for all my children, being strong in this situation is hard but I will never give up!’
Shyanne-Lee Tatnell tragic timeline
April: Leaves family home in Burnie to move into youth centre in Launceston
April 30: She is seen for the last time walking over the Henry St Bridge on the way to meet a friend in nearby Ravenswood
June 30: Police finally track down the driver of the last car to be traced from the footage and eliminate them from the enquiry
July: A crucial tip off from the public moves the search to Nabowla and Scottsdale
July 26: Human remains found in remote bushland near Nabowla
July 27: 36-year-old man arrested and charged with murder
August 8: Shyanne-Lee would have celebrated her 15th birthday