A disturbing new theory in the case of a missing mother and son who vanished on a boat trip in December is reportedly being investigated after it emerged the elderly woman may be dead in the image.
Felicity Loveday, 83, and her son Adrian Menevau, 56, were last seen at a Frankston boat ramp in Melbourne as they prepared to leave for a three-day cleansing ritual on December 11, 2019.
Police have reportedly not ruled out that the pale-faced Ms Loveday may have been dead in the last photo taken of the duo as they prepared to leave for the boat trip, the Herald Sun reports.
"There are many aspects to this investigation that appear suspicious and strange,” Victoria Police Marine Investigation Unit Senior Constable, Chris Obst, told the publication.
"We just can't rule anything out at this stage," he said.
It has emerged Ms Loveday was once a senior Co-Freemasonry figure and served as the “worshipful master” at the Southport Queensland lodge presiding over rituals and ceremonies in the mid 2000s.
Full details of the meditation ritual practised by Ms Loveday and her son is not yet fully understood by police.
“Adrian and Felicity were practising meditation for some time and believed Felicity had woken black magic and Adrian felt responsible for it,” Constable Obst told the Herald Sun.
"The boat trip was a means of reversing it, they needed to be on the saltwater to get rid of the black magic.”
Ms Loveday's daughter Christina Loveday was the last person to see her brother and mother at the Frankston boat ramp, and took the photo of them leaving.
She told police although she was initially concerned about the three-day trip she was reassured when her brother said he would keep in contact.
On December 13 she received a text message saying they were having a "good time", one day later she reported them missing to police.
On December 15 the empty boat was found submerged about 20kms from where the pair left, Constable Obst described it as “definitely not” suitable for sleeping in for a three-day trip.
“Why an 83-year-old woman was put on that boat is the first question that’s been raised,” he said in December 2019.
Ms Loveday had dementia and was dependent on her son and full-time carer Mr Menevau. Police have said he often took his mother on day trips and was described as “gentle and caring” with her.
It’s been revealed Mr Menevau purchased a second boat shortly before the trip, which is missing and police believe finding it may provide answers.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a report online.
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