— With AAP.
1. Police are searching for 58-year-old grandmother Ruth Ridley after her estranged husband’s body was found.
Ruth Ridley has been missing for a week, with fears growing for the Port Macquarie grandmother.
The 58-year-old left her home on the New South Wales coast and headed to Tumbarumba in the state’s south west to visit her estranged husband and their children in October, but her last known whereabouts were in a supermarket in Albury on the 24th.
Their son Steve told 9News his parents were attempting to rekindle their relationship and had planned to go camping together. He also added that they had a “rocky relationship”.
The Daily Telegraph reported the couple had taken out apprehended violence orders against each other before she moved to the coast.
On October 29, the body of Gary Ridley was found inside his wife’s Mitsubishi Pajero near the border of NSW and Victoria. The caravan she’d been towing was discovered the next day.
The 61-year-old’s death is being investigated by police, while the search is still at large for Ruth.
Police want to speak to anyone who may have been camping at or in the vicinity of Neil’s Reserve along the Murray River on the weekend of the 26/27th of October, which is where they think the estranged couple set up camp.
“Mum is a loving grandmother to ten grandchildren and we are holding hope she’s found,” Steve told 9News.
Anyone with information is urged to call 1800 333 000.
2. Fewer people attended the Melbourne Cup this year.
Melbourne Cup: how Australians fell out of love with ‘the race that stops the nation’ https://t.co/cIzqYIF4eh
— The Guardian (@guardian) November 1, 2019
The number of people attending the Melbourne Cup has dipped again, for the fourth year in a row.