1. Tromp family may receive $200,000 to tell their story.
It is the story that has captivated Australia – the mysterious tale of the Tromp family – and it may be their payday with reports the big current affairs giants are chasing the family for an exclusive deal for their story.
Both Sunday Night and 60 Minutes are rumoured to be keen for the story with the bidding to convince the Tromps to talk to start at $100,000 and expected to go up to $200,000.
“As interview talent, this family is as good as it gets,” one source told News Limited.
“They’re an attractive, seemingly well-off family with a bizarre story to tell. There are so many questions remaining, which only they can answer.”
The story is said to be worth “at least $100k — possibly much more if a bidding war breaks out. They’d be willing to go up to $200k — keeping in mind that budgets have been cut”.
“It would certainly be worth spending the money, as it’s intriguing and bizarre” said a TV executive.
Jacoba and Riana Tromp both currently remain in hospital for mental health issues with Mark Tromp expected to return home this week.
2. Police identify woman whose body was found in a suitcase in the Swan River in early July.
Police in Western Australia have identified a woman whose body was found in a suitcase in the Swan River at North Fremantle in early July as Mosman Park mother Annabelle Chen.
Ms Chen, 57, is described as an artist from a wealthy family who lived alone.
Ms Chen was an Australian citizen and had more than one child.
The suitcase containing Ms Chen was weighed down with tiles and was found by a fisherman in the Swan River at North Fremantle on July 2.
Police say Ms Chen had a violent death with a post-mortem revealing significant injuries. They identified her after her daughter travelled to Perth from Melbourne last week because she was worried that she had not been able to contact her mother since June 30. When she found her mother’s car at home but her mother missing she called police.
Ms Chen had a complex relationship with her estranged family reports the ABC.
“It’s a very extended family but it’s a very complex situation which I won’t go into,” Detective Senior Sergeant Tom Mills said
“She did remain in contact via other means and her worried relatives reported her missing after an unusually long break in communication, which was out of character for her,” Detective Mills added.
Police are now searching her home for clues.