Joy Vogel and her daughter, Moi, who is missing in Phuket.
Joy Vogel and her daughter, Moi, who is missing in Phuket.

They'll find my Moi

By NERIDA BLOK

MULLUMBIMBY mother Joy Vogel has strong faith her 32-year-old daughter Moi, who was honeymooning near Phuket when the tsunami hit, will be found alive.

Moi, who attended Mul- lumbimby High School, was working as a TV producer for Foxtel in Sydney when she took time off to celebrate her marriage three months ago to photographer Christian Nott, 34, of Pymble.

The couple checked out of the Meridian Hotel at Khao Lak, 80km north of Phuket, on December 21 and last contacted their families on Christmas day.

"They phoned with the most incredible gift, news Moi was pregnant," she said. "It will be the first grandchild on both sides."

Moi's only brother, Peter, 30, flew to Thailand on Wednesday in a desperate search to find his sister and brother-in-law.

Peter, a marketing and promotions manager in Sydney, was accompanied by his best friends from Mullumbimby High School, brothers George Fallon, 31, and Louis Fallon, 27.

Another Mullumbimby school friend, Kiwa Stevenson, joined them in Thailand for the search.

Speaking to Peter yesterday, Joy said her composed son told her he didn't hold much hope of finding his sister.

"He's been going around to all the morgues ? it's dreadful," she said. "He would be near the breaking point of breaking points, but he's a warrior. I am very proud of him."

Moi's father, Buko Vogel, who runs Bald Rock Bush Retreat near Tenterfield where the couple married, is said to be devastated.

"He is only wanting one phone call to say they have found her," said Joy.

Kneeling next to a shrine she has made from photographs of her daughter, son-in-law and family, Joy said she had a positive feeling Moi and Christian would be OK.

"I feel positive," Joy said.

"I have a peace it's going to be a miracle ? either that or it's a self-protective armour."

Joy said Peter is due to return to Australia on January 4 and Moi was booked to return today.



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