Eden grandmother’s disappearance still a mystery

The inquest into the disappearance of Eden grandmother Sylvia Pajuczok in 2008 has reopened.

The inquest into the disappearance of Eden grandmother Sylvia Pajuczok in 2008 has reopened.

An inquest into the disappearance of Eden grandmother Sylvia Pajuczok has heard police are still no closer to finding out what happened to her.

Ms Pajuczok, 53, went missing from a friend’s home in Rockton, near Bombala, on Christmas Eve in 2008 and is presumed to have been murdered, but her body has never been found.

Police offered a $100,000 reward for information on the case and launched a fresh search of farmland and waterways in the area earlier this year, but found no new leads.

At the time of her disappearance, an extensive ground search involving the police rescue squad and a police cadaver dog was conducted.

The inquest into her disappearance reopened in Sydney’s Glebe Coroners Court on Monday after being adjourned to allow police to continue their investigation, and has again been adjourned until October.

Counsel assisting the coroner told the inquest it was likely she “met with foul play”, given that many of her belongings including her phone, glasses, food and cigarettes were still inside her green Toyota Tarago van, which was found abandoned on the Monaro Highway 10km south of Bombala three days after her disappearance.

The inquest was also told there was evidence that Ms Pajuczok was suffering from an emotional or psychological disturbance at the time, but police do not believe she committed suicide.

Coroner Mark Douglass advised James Hawes, the friend who last saw Ms Pajuczok alive, to continue to have legal representation when the inquest continues in October.

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