The family of Claire Hockridge have thanked Alice Springs locals, NT Police and pastoralists for their help in the search for their loved one.
The family of Claire Hockridge have thanked Alice Springs locals, NT Police and pastoralists for their help in the search for their loved one.

‘Devastated and heartbroken doesn’t reach our pain’

The heartbroken family of Claire Hockridge, the woman who was found dead in the Outback, has spoken about the devastation of her death.

Ms Hockridge was one of three people who had found themselves lost in the Outback after their 4WD became bogged in the dry sand bed of the Finke River on November 19.

Her friend Phu Tran was found yesterday by pastoralist Ted Fogarty and partner Tamra McBeath-Riley was found on Sunday.

A map featuring estimates of where Tamra McBeath-Riley, Phu Tran and Claire Hockridge were found south of Alice Springs
A map featuring estimates of where Tamra McBeath-Riley, Phu Tran and Claire Hockridge were found south of Alice Springs

 

 

Ms Hockridge's two triplet siblings Sarah and Melinda travelled to Alice Springs to be there during the search and described the grief they were feeling in the loss of their sister.

"We are all grieving and exhausted from the emotional roller coaster that we've ridden over the past one and a half weeks," Sarah said.

"Even though Claire has died under terrible circumstances, we are glad that Tamra and Phu have been found alive and well and we are extremely grateful to everyone that was involved in that."

"My parents, brother, Melinda and I extend our gratitude to the Northern Territory Police for their skilful investigation."

 

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Ms Hockridge is survived by her partner Ms McBeath-Rley, two daughters and grandchild.

Phu Tran also addressed the media this afternoon and thanked NT Police and pastoralist Ted Fogarty for their dedication in the search.

"Thank you to the Northern Territory Police Force for their search efforts, a big thank you to Ted who was the land owner near the cattle farm who found me. He dropped everything to make sure I was all right," he said.

The daughter of Ms Hockridge, Teagan Eden-Street took to social media to share the heartbreaking loss of her mum.

 

 

Tahlz Hockridge-Haynes & would like to thank the Alice Springs Police for everything that they have done for our family...

Posted by Teagan Eden-Street on Tuesday, 3 December 2019

 

 

"Tahlz Hockridge-Haynes & would like to thank the Alice Springs Police for everything that they have done for our family over the last 2 weeks," she said.

"Devastated & heartbroken doesn't reach our pain in this time; we as a family appreciate the public's respect for our time of grief & while we come to terms with this reality.

"Mumma we love you!"



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