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Natasha Ryan: Girl who hid in her older boyfriend’s closet for years after running away from home is found dead


A woman at the center of one of Australia’s most notorious and bizarre disappearances has been found dead on a golf course.

Natasha Ryan’s body was found on a Rockhampton golf course on Sunday. There are no suspicious circumstances.

Ms Ryan, then 14, ran away from home in 1998 to be with her 21-year-old boyfriend, Scott Black.

Former missing person Natasha Ryan (pictured during her ’60 Minutes’ interview on April 27, 2003) has been found dead

Mrs Ryan hid in her boyfriend's cupboard (pictured) when other people were in the house, sparking a massive missing person investigation that spanned five years.

Mrs Ryan hid in her boyfriend’s cupboard (pictured) when other people were in the house, sparking a massive missing person investigation that spanned five years.

Mrs Ryan was believed to have been murdered by serial killer and rapist Leonard John Fraser.

But after police were alerted, she was found hidden in a cupboard in Mr Black’s home in central Queensland in 2003, five years later.

The pair stood trial on charges of falsely implicating a police investigation.

In 2005, Mr Black pleaded guilty to perjury for telling police he did not know where Ms Ryan was and was jailed for 12 months.

Ms Ryan was also found guilty of causing a false police investigation and fined $1,000.

They later married and had four children.

Natasha Ryan was found alive in 2003 after being believed murdered by Leonard John Fraser.

Natasha Ryan was found alive in 2003 after being believed murdered by Leonard John Fraser.

Mrs. Ryan is a portrait
It sparked a huge search effort

Ms Ryan (pictured left and right) sparked national concern when she disappeared but was hiding at a friends house within walking distance of her parents’ property

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Emergency services searched the Rockhampton region for several hours on the ground and in the air for a missing person on June 2.

The RACQ CapRescue helicopter service helped search the Rockhampton Golf Course area in West Rockhampton near the Zoo and Botanic Gardens this morning.

A statement from Queensland Police said emergency crews searching for the 40-year-old woman found her body this morning.

«Police will prepare a report for the coroner following the sudden and suspicious death of a woman in Rockhampton,» it said.



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