MOTHER, sister, grandmother, friend.
Johann Morgan was many things to her family and on Monday they came together to mark what would have been the missing Tamworth woman’s 43rd birthday.
Johann was last seen alive in August, 2015 and, in July this year, her boyfriend Troy Jason Ruttley was found guilty of her murder.
Her body has never been found, but it took the Tamworth jury less than two days of deliberations to find him guilty of murder.
While Ruttley’s conviction has lifted a weight from Johann’s family’s hearts, they say they will never get closure until they are able to lay her to rest.
Vivienne Morgan, Johann’s sister, is in Bathurst visiting family and decided to hold a candlelight vigil to mark Johann’s birthday.
Ms Morgan said it had been a difficult day for the family, who continue to feel the effects of her death.
It was a hard day, every day has been hard since she went.Sister Vivienne Morgan
“It was a hard day, every day has been hard since she went,” she said.
Ms Morgan said Johann was missed and loved by her eight children, and extended family, all of whom struggle with their loss.
Following the guilty verdict in court, Oxley detectives and Ms Morgan’s family made an emotional appeal to find the missing mother.