Missing Persons - Niamh Maye
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Missing teenager - Niamh Maye.

The playful smile on the face of Niamh Maye (pictured) belies the tragedy of her disappearance and the anguish endured by her family.
Niamh was just 18 years old when she disappeared from Gocup Road near Tumut on March 30, 2002.
The Armidale teenager had been fruit picking in the Riverina before her first year of university and had phoned her family at Easter, assuring them she was safe and telling them she was travelling from Batlow to Sydney to visit her sister.
She vanished without a trace.
A coroner’s inquest last year determined she was murdered, which provided little solace for her family.
“We miss our beautiful Niamh,” the Maye family said after the inquest. “Each of us carries her with us every day and our greatest hope is to one day bring her home.”
As part of Missing Persons Week – which runs from July 28 until tomorrow – Cootamundra Local Area Command (LAC) has released an image of Niamh, renewing calls for information.
“It is imperative that if anyone knows anything they come forward,” Detective Sergeant Matt Packham, who is crime co-ordinator of the Cootamundra LAC, said.
“The slightest piece of information could make a difference – it could provide us with a further line of inquiry.”
Three serious missing persons cases have occurred in the command in the past decade.
The circumstances surrounding Miss Maye’s disappearance include the involvement of Jason Paul Nicklason, who is believed to have been one of the last people to see the teenager alive.
On October 18, 2002, following the bashing and rape of a woman in Brisbane, Niklason died while trying to evade police officers. He leapt to his death from a high-rise building.
Detective Sergeant Packham said despite the circumstances surrounding her death, finding Niamh meant closure for her family.
A spokesperson from NSW Police said it important people told family members where they were going even if the trip was only short.

www.dailyadvertiser.com.au (1-9-2013)

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Niamh ‘a homicide victim’

To her family, Niamh Maye will always be with them.
The 18-year-old Armidale girl disappeared in 2002, and an inquest in Glen Innes this week found that she is deceased, a victim of homicide.
But for her parents Brian and Anne, sisters Catherine, Susan, Justine, Thomasine, Fionnuala and brother Kieron, “this is never over for us”.
“She is with us every day and is part of our family,” Mrs Maye said.
The official finding by Deputy State Coroner Hugh Dillon was that Niamh is deceased, a homicide victim, by a person or persons unknown, cause of death unknown, at or near Tumut on March 30 or 31, 2002.
Niamh had been fruit picking in the Riverina area to save money before embarking on a film production course at university.
On March 27, she had told her mother she was leaving for Sydney and was expected at her sister’s home on March 31, but failed to arrive.
A statement issued by the Maye family following this week’s inquest said: “We miss our beautiful Niamh.
“Each of us carries her with us every day and our greatest hope is to one day bring her home.
“This is never over for us.
“The findings of this inquest are not unexpected. We recognise it as an important step in the process of investigating Niamh’s disappearance.
“We would like to thank the police for their dedication over the past 10 years and for their continued commitment to finding Niamh. We would also like to thank the communities of Tumut, Batlow and surrounds, and of Armidale, for their assistance and support.
“We could not have managed over the years without the love and care of our family and friends.”

www.armidaleexpress.com.au (9-3-2012)

Snowy Search For Girl Missing 3yrs

Police will search bushland in southern New South Wales for a teenager who went missing more than three years ago.
Niamh Maye, 18, was last seen on Gocup Road, between Tumut and Gundagai on March 30, 2002, and is feared to have been murdered.
The Armidale teenager disappeared after phoning her parents just before Easter, 2002, to say she was travelling from Batlow, in southern NSW, to see her sister in Sydney.
Despite extensive publicity, no trace of the teenager has ever been found.
About 60 local police and volunteers will this weekend conduct an extensive search of bushland near Tumut, in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, by foot, motorbikes and horseback.
Police said the search follows a review of the investigation, which has identified four possible sites where the teenager's body or belonging's may have been disposed of.
Niamh's parents, Anne and Brian Maye, will attend the search.
Jason Paul Nicklason, an acquaintance of Niamh, is believed to be one of the last people to have seen her after giving her a lift and dropping her off on the roadside en route to Sydney.
The pair met in early 2002 when they were both fruit-picking at Batlow.
Nicklason was arrested on October 18, that year, following the bashing and rape of a woman at West End, in inner Brisbane.
But he fell to his death while being escorted to a Brisbane jail cell on the day of his arrest.
Police said at the time they believed it was likely Niamh was murdered and have never ruled out Nicklason as a suspect.

AAP (2-12-2005)

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