Hope lost for missing Mullum woman
By SAMANTHA TURNBULL
"I'M sorry, mum."
When Joy Vogel heard her son Peter whisper those words on the phone from Thailand yesterday she knew it was over.
The Mullumbimby mother had been waiting for news that her daughter and Peter's sister Moi, 32, had survived the tsunami that killed thousands of others in Phuket.
Moi, a television producer, and her new husband Christian Nott, of Pymble, were honeymooning in the tourist isle and announced on Christmas Day they were expecting their first child.
Since the Boxing Day tsunamis, however, the couple have been missing.
Peter and his best friends from Mullumbimby High School, brothers George and Louis Fallon, flew to Thailand on Wednesday to search for Moi and Christian.
Yesterday morning that journey came to an end.
"His voice was croaky and he just said 'I'm sorry, mum'," said Joy. "He didn't find them and he said there was nowhere else to go."
Joy said that phone call was the moment she realised her daughter was gone.
"The shock hasn't allowed it to penetrate into me completely," she said.
"I don't want to think about funerals.
"They were the happiest couple in the world at the highest point of their life."
Joy said she was worried about the effect of the trip on her son.
"I don't know how he will cope," she said.
"He's taken everything on his shoulders.
"The boys have put all their time, effort and money into this."
Peter and his friends were due to fly back to Australia today, but decided to head to northern Thailand to recuperate from their devastating mission.
Moi's father, Buko Vogel, of Tenterfield, is said to be devastated.
Joy said it was a miracle he had spoken to their daughter on Christmas Day.
"His phone was disconnected some time between Christ- mas Day and Boxing Day," Joy said.
"I couldn't get through to him on Sunday to tell him about the news, but Moi had somehow managed to speak to him on Christmas Day."
Joy spent yesterday surrounded by friends looking through photos of Moi and Christian.
"Moi was always a perfectionist," she said.
"She gave everyone the best Christmas presents and they had a beautiful three-day celebration before their wedding," she said.
"She was a lover of life, she always gave 150 per cent."