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At about 2.30 am on Saturday, 13th May, 2000, Rosemary Brown, aged 33 years, and her daughter Melissa Brown, aged 15 years, left on foot, from a caravan they had been living out of, in the driveway of a friend's house at Blair Athol. At the time Rosemary's 11 year old son Nathan, was staying with a friend at Klemzig.
The caravan belonged to a male who the Browns had previously befriended, whilst residents at the Windsor Gardens Caravan Park. The male did not accompany the two women when they left the caravan as he had to go to work that day. By morning, neither woman had returned. The male, in company with Nathan, made numerous attempts to find them but to no avail. On Sunday, 14th May, 2000, Rosemary and Melissa were reported as missing persons to the Holden Hill police.
On 16th June, 2000, the male returned to his native state of Victoria, where he has remained. He took up residence in a caravan park in Dandenong, leaving Nathan to live with the friend at Blair Athol.
On 2nd July, 2000, Rosemary's decomposing body was found amongst mangroves at Garden Island. There have been no positive sightings of Melissa or contact from her since the time she allegedly left the caravan.
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