THE best friend of Sylvia Pajuczok – who disappeared shortly before Christmas 2008 from near Rockton – will be in Bombala today on a quest for justice.
Rachael Bush, who was friends with the 53-year-old Eden grandmother for 20 years, will arrive in her car covered with Sylvia’s photos in the hope that it may jog someone’s memory.
Ms Bush will put up fresh posters of Sylvia and wants to talk to as many people as possible.
“Someone must know something,” Ms Bush told the Bombala Times on Monday.
“They might not even think it’s important but it could be the one small piece of information that will help lead police to a breakthrough.
“The reality is that someone very dear to me met with foul play in your area,” she said.
It was Ms Bush and her family who first found Sylvia’s abandoned Tarago on the road between Rockton and Bombala, just after Christmas Day in 2008.
Today’s visit will be the first time she has returned to the town.
Ms Bush believes that Sylvia is no longer alive.
But that does not stop her from wanting justice for her friend.
“It was so out of character for her to not contact her family or friends on Christmas Day,” she said.
“And as soon as I saw the position in which the car was left I knew that she had met with foul play.
Ms Bush is pleased the Coronial inquiry into Sylvia’s disappearance will resume in Bombala on October 20.
It has been set down for at least four days.
“I’m pleased they’re coming to Bombala so they can get a grip on how big an area they’re dealing with,” Ms Bush said.
“Her body could be anywhere between Bombala and the Brown Mountain.
“The mountain has been logged recently and it makes me feel sick to think that her remains may have been disturbed,” she said.
Ms Bush said that Sylvia was her “rock” when her own teenage son went missing in the surf in 1999.
“I remember Sylvia saying to me at the time, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be your eyes and your legs’.”
“Now it’s my turn to be there for Sylvia, to get justice for her and her family,” she said.
Ms Pajuczok, 53, went missing from a male friend’s home in Rockton on Christmas Eve in 2008 and is presumed to have been murdered.
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.