Family searches for answers to disappearance

Gareth McKnightSound Telegraph

A bereaved family member of a Kwinana woman that went missing six years ago, feared murdered, has called for answers and asked the WA Police to allocate more resources to find her.

Parmelia mother Iveta Mitchell vanished in the early hours of May 3, 2010 after storming out of her home and across a nearby park following an argument with her husband.

She has not been seen since, with husband Chad Mitchell previously saying he believes police think he is the prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance, but he has maintained his innocence.

Mr Mitchell’s family believe he is innocent and think progress in the case has not been made because police have focused too narrowly on him.

Mrs Mitchell’s brother-in-law Troy Mitchell toldThe Telegraph he thinks he has potential evidence of what happened to the missing woman, but police have not heeded his calls for assistance.

He said the same weekend the Parmelia woman went missing, he knew of another act of violence that occurred in Kwinana.

Mr Mitchell said he felt the incident could be linked to his sister-in-law going missing, but the victim refused to go to the police.

When presenting this information to the police, Mr Mitchell was told to write a letter detailing what he believed, but has not heard anything back.

With the family marking the six-year anniversary of the 37-year-old mother’s disappearance earlier this month, Mr Mitchell has admitted that he is desperate for answers.

“I am really lost as to what to do or how to get help; it’s driving me crazy,” he said.

“Chad is a mess, I don’t think he will ever recover from it.

“The whole time I have thought it is a complete joke that they think he had anything to do with it.”

Mr Mitchell said he had taken it upon himself to try to find out what happened.

“I have set everything aside for two years to try and work this out,” he said.

“All I am after is the truth, but the police don’t seem to want to help.”

A WA Police spokeswoman confirmed that Mrs Mitchell’s case was being treated as a suspected homicide and that the investigation was active and ongoing.

She did not comment on Mr Mitchell’s claims.

Anyone with information on the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a report online at www.crimestopperswa.com.au.

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