Heartbreaking Mother’s Day ahead for Edwards family

Press conference at the Grafton Police Station in April. Three sons are Josh, Zac and Eli with their Dad John Edwards.
Press conference at the Grafton Police Station in April. Three sons are Josh, Zac and Eli with their Dad John Edwards. Leigh Jensen

MOTHER'S Day is a time to celebrate the women who raised us, but to say it will be a difficult day for Eli Edwards is an understatement.

It has now been seven weeks since his mother, beloved teacher and Grafton woman Sharon Edwards, went missing, and Eli and his brothers Josh and Zac are still waiting for answers.

Multiple searches of the three properties owned by Mr and Mrs Edwards, and areas between Grafton and Lawrence, by Strike Force detectives, police divers and SES personnel last month, have not yet produced any findings.

Eli said he and his brothers were still in regular contact with investigating officers, while their dad was trying to keep himself occupied.

"He's got a lot of jobs to keep him busy," he said.

"It's definitely gone on too long, but it's good to know they still have a lot of people on the case."

On Sunday, Eli will make the most of spending time with his fiance and their daughter Harlow, who recently celebrated her first birthday. 

"I'm sure she'll put a smile on my face," he said.

"She does this smile now where she scrunches up her nose."

But the day won't be without its difficult moments.

"To think she's going to grow up without a grandmother - I'm grateful she did know her and that I could give (mum) a grandchild, but that's when it sort of hits home," Eli said.

HAPPIER TIMES: Four generations of the Edwards family, including Eli (centre) and his missing mum Sharon.
HAPPIER TIMES: Four generations of the Edwards family, including Eli (centre) and his missing mum Sharon.

"It will hit a nerve but I'll just try to make it as enjoyable as I can."

Police are still asking for any information people might have on Mrs Edwards' disappearance.

"The focus remains on those movements in and around Sunday morning between Grafton and Lawrence," Coffs/Clarence crime manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said.

"Somebody out there knows something that may be able to assist us."

Phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Topics:  editors picks, missing person, mothers day, sharon edwards

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