Husband dies never knowing what happened to slain wife
THE husband of a missing woman thought to have been murdered after she disappeared 16 years ago has died without learning her fate.
Eric Glassop, 66, died on December 5 after a long battle with leukemia, the body of his late wife having never been recovered.
His wife, Sabrina Ann Glassop, had vanished a few hundred metres from her home on May 29, 1999, in one of the Sunshine Coast's most mysterious missing persons cases.
Ms Glassop, a 47-year-old teacher's aide, was one of three women to go missing in a 19-month period between 1997 and 1999. Celena Bridge, a 28-year-old British backpacker, disappeared from Kenilworth in July, 1997, and Jessica Gaudie, a 16-year-old schoolgirl went missing from Nambour in August, 1999.
A horse trainer and indigenous tracker that was known to the Glassops, Derek Bellington Sam, was jailed in 2002 for the murder of Jessica Gaudie.
Police revealed links between Sam and all three women, but a Coronial Inquest in 2001 produced no closure for their families.
After the inquest, Eric Glassop said: "Ann was my life, and I've realised increasingly over the last 31 years that she was also my future."
The 16-year missing person case was revived by police at the start of the year, but no break-through had been found.
Sunshine Coast District CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said it was sad that both Mr Glassop and Ann Glassop's mother Joan Worsely, who passed away last year, died without "a result" on their case. Family and friends of Eric Glassop are preparing to farewell the retired forest ranger, and have created a memorial for Eric Glassop page on Facebook.
His son Steve, daughter Julie and partner Barb were at his bedside when he passed away.
"Dad never wanted a funeral," Julie wrote.
"We, his immediate family, will honour his wishes by spreading his ashes across the Mary Valley and Fraser Island.
"Anyone who knew him much at all knows that Dad had a great sense of humour.
"We all have a lot of good memories of Dad to share and we don't want this memorial to be morbid and miserable.
"Also, no one should feel any obligation to come, for as Dad would've said, it's not for him, it's for everyone left behind."
The memorial will be held on Saturday, near Eric's long time home on Booloumba Creek Rd.
The burden of the mystery was something that had been shared by many of Eric's friends as Rob Lewis mentioned in his words of condolence for the Glassop family, which he shared on the memorial Facebook page.
"Many lives are touched by tragedy, some more than most," he wrote.
"Eric's life had more than it's (sic) fair share as we all know.
"But through all that, every time I met him, times too few I have to admit, I always remember his voice, his measured words and his cheeky, infectious smile which will be a lasting memory.