‘I don’t have a life in town without Gail’
THE sister of a woman believed to be murdered at the hands of her boyfriend says life in Warwick is a painful reminder of her sister's death and her own shattered future.
Lyn McMillan said she and her sister, Gail Lynch, moved to Warwick from Caboolture with grand plans to retire and enjoy life together.
While they should be taking trips and spending time together, Lyn is left to face each day without her sister.
Gail's former partner, Ian Hannaford, is accused of killing Gail in July 2012 and was due to face trial next month.
The matter was this week adjourned yet again, with the Supreme Court saying the upcoming sittings did not have enough time to hear the matter.
It is not known when the matter will be heard.
Lyn is disappointed she isn't any closer to knowing where her sister is, someone she shares a unique and special bond with.
For much of their lives they had nobody in the world but each other.
When they were just three and five years old, Lyn and her big sister were placed into a group home.
From that moment on it was them against the world.
"Being raised in a home with 300 kids, we had to look out for each other," Lyn said.
"She was my big sister and would look out for me but she also got me into a lot of trouble.
"But then I got older and got into trouble and she was the good girl.
"She would tell me her secrets and I would tell her mine, we would laugh and do everything together.
"We have stories I would never tell anyone but we would talk about it and laugh and say 'how did we survive?'. But we did survive."
When they grew older and their lives took them in different directions, their bond didn't waiver.
They both got married on the same day at opposite sides of Brisbane, just hours apart.
They each had a child just one day apart and two others within weeks of the other sister.
Lyn is now making plans to move away from Warwick because she is haunted by the thoughts of what could have been.
What should have been.
"We had our life all planned out and everything we were going to do together - I can't do it anymore," Lyn said.
"I want to go to the country music but I can't because Gail and I used to do that. I want to go to the car races but I can't because Gail liked to do that."
Compounding her heartbreak is the fact Gail's body has never been found and she can never be properly farewelled.
Lyn said she needs to know what happened to her big sister.
"Every day I wake up and think, 'Is today going to be the day he is going to plead guilty?', or 'Is today the day somebody is going to stumble across some bones?'," she said.
"Christmas Day comes, her birthday comes, Mother's Day, and nothing; it's like she never really existed.
"She doesn't have a place in this world - like when we were kids and we floated around and never had a home. I thought we finally had a home in Warwick."