“Our hearts have a thousand cuts and we will remain your strength.”
Ms Pearce-Stevenson’s father and her stepbrother, Luke Povey, left a touching tribute in the NT News yesterday.
“No more looking to see if that gir (sic) is you, as we saw someone else in a crowd.
No more waiting to hear.
No more waiting to see you show up smiling again as usual. No more laughter, giggles and pranks.
No more late nights just talking with the music playing.
You are the only one that knows, and you can tell your Mum, Nanna and Grandma when you see them again.
Our hearts have a thousand cuts and we will remain your strength…
Give Khandals a hug for me and Luke sweetie.
Love forever Dad & Luke.”
The family learned only in recent weeks that bones discovered in NSW’s Belanglo State Forest in 2010 and in a dumped suitcase by a South Australian highway just months ago belonged to Ms Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce respectively.
The duo were last seen in late 2008 and police yesterday revealed that several suspects assumed the identity of Ms Pearce-Stevenson and accessed her bank accounts, mobile phone and welfare payments.
At least three people are suspected of being involved in the fraud — and potentially the murder — of the mother-daughter duo and misleading family members and authorities so they believed Ms Pearce-Stevenson was alive and well.