It was the middle of spring 2015 in Queensland, Australia, and local girl Tiahleigh Palmer had been away from home for six days. State police had been treating the girl’s disappearance as a missing person case, until three fishermen on a nearby river made a gruesome discovery. As the police investigation became a murder hunt, it proved to be the start of a mystery that fascinated and repulsed Australia for many months.
In October 2015, Tiahleigh Alyssa Rose Palmer – known as Tiah – was a 12-year-old schoolgirl living in Logan City, close to Brisbane in Southeast Queensland. Although she was a popular and friendly student at Logan’s Marsden State High School, Tiah’s outgoing personality masked a less-than-perfect family life.