Son demands answers for mum missing 20 years
THE son of a woman who went missing from Maroochydore 20 years ago has called for witnesses to be compelled to give evidence at inquests.
Dwayne Cunningham believes he may have been spared years of pain if his mother's boyfriend had been forced to answer questions at a 1997 inquest into her death.
Deidre Joan "Donna" Cunningham, 49, was last seen at a party at Hinley Ave, Maroochydore, on June 12, 1994.
Her boyfriend at the time, Colin Rossow, declined to answer questions at an inquest three years later.
Mr Rossow died in 2011 and Mr Cunningham fears he may never know what happened to his mother.
"At the inquest, there were all the people from the party on the stand and they told the court as best they could what happened that night," Mr Cunningham said.
"The last person that went on the stand was the supposed three-month boyfriend of my mother.
"He never told the court what happened. He did not want to say anything that may incriminate him.
"He walked out of court a free man.
"If someone goes to an inquest, they should have to tell the courts what happened.
"That's why they have an inquest - to tell the relatives what happened.
"This has to stop. It's a get-out-of-jail-free card and it's just not on."
Mr Cunningham holds out hope that there is still someone alive who might know something about his mother's disappearance and who might come forward.
"For me to know now would mean a good night's sleep. I haven't had a good night's sleep in 20 years," he said. "I think it would be the best thing in the world to know what happened to mum."
After laying flowers at a park on the corner of Anzac Ave and Phillips St, where he believes his mother might have been on the night she disappeared, Mr Cunningham said he would not stop trying to get answers.
"I'll never give up, if it takes 20 years, 30 years, as long as I live."
Anyone with information about Ms Cunningham's disappearance should phone 1800 333 000 to contact Crime Stoppers.