Leaving the Northern Territory alongside Karlie’s boyfriend of two months Daniel Holdom, the pair’s sudden departure left Karlie’s family “shocked”.
“The whole decision to leave town was a bit of a shock,” Karlie’s Aunt Sharon told 60 Minutes.
But just weeks after leaving Alice Springs in search for a new job, 20-year-old Karlie was sexually assaulted and murdered by Holdom, before her body was dumped in the infamous Belanglo State Forest.
Four days later, two-year-old Khandalyce was killed by Holdom as well.
On September 4, 2009, Karlie’s mother, who has since passed away, filed a missing persons report for her daughter.
Five days later, however, she withdrew the report after being reassured her daughter was safe and well but did not want contact from her family at the time.
For years following the horrific deaths of Karlie and Khandalyce, Karlie’s family and friends believed she was alive.