Lili Greer was just 13 years old when her mother, Tina, vanished.
Authorities have now accepted she was likely murdered by her bikie boyfriend, Les “Grumpy” Sharman, though he was never charged.
Now, 10 years on, Ms Greer is still pushing for justice for her mother, with the 23-year-old taking her fight all the way to the Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman.
A petition started by Ms Greer calling for an inquest into her mother’s death has gained over 21,000 signatures.
The last time Ms Greer saw her mother was on January 18, 2012, when she dropped her and her friend off for a sleepover in Canungra, Queensland.
The 32-year-old then went to see Sharman, a long term member of the Finks bikie gang and the man Ms Greer said had been terrorising her mother for years.
After heading out to Sharman’s property in Boonah, a 90 minute drive from Surfers Paradise, Tina was never heard from or seen again.
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“On the January 19, 2012, she was due to pick my friend and I up for another sleepover. She never came back,” Ms Greer told news.com.au.
“The last day I saw her she was stressed and visibly worried – at this time our house was being stalked and her car was vandalised.”
The 23-year-old said her mother had been trying to get away from Sharman, but the stalking and vandalism had rattled her.
Ms Greer described Sharman as a “malicious man” who “relied on physical violence, manipulation and intimidation to get what he wanted”.
“He thought he was untouchable,” she said.
The morning of her disappearance, Ms Greer said her mother announced they would be moving back in with Sharman.
A few days after her disappearance, her mother’s car was found abandoned at the end of a dirt track a few kilometres from her boyfriend’s house.
Tina was reported missing, with Sharman being a suspect in her disappearance, though he was never former interviewed.
In 2018, the 60-year-old bikie died in a car crash in the Gold Coast hinterland, meaning he was never charged.
Sharman’s death caused Ms Greer to fear that justice would never be found for her mother and she would never truly find out what happened to her.
However, in 2020, police announced a $250,000 reward for anyone who had information that could lead to a conviction of a person for her murder.
A three day search was also carried out at Sharman’s property, though no fresh leads were uncovered.
Finally, in May this year, Queensland Coroner Christine Roney confirmed that Tina was likely dead, accepting the police theory that she had been murdered by Sharman, with the deceased bikie then concealing her body.
Findings from Ms Roney noted there were “20 lethality risk factors present in their relationship”, including previously assaulting Tina, holding her hostage and isolating her.
Ms Greer claimed to have heard Sharman threaten her mother on multiple occasions.
“Some examples of the violence he inflicted on my mum included a broken nose, arm and cheekbone,” she said.
“He made sure my mum was financially dependent on him and isolated.”
In her findings, Ms Roney said it was “more than likely” that Sharman was involved in or caused Tina’s death and that he “concealed any evidence of involvement and her deceased body”.
Court documents also noted that a person referred to as “Mr X” disposed of a number of items, including a mattress, days after Ms Greer’s mother vanished.
Despite all of this, Ms Roney refused Ms Greer’s request for an inquest, claiming it would not be of “public benefit”.
“It can’t be concluded that if (Greer) had more support, she would have stopped seeing (Sharman),” the coroner said.
Ms Greer said she felt “enraged and shocked” by the decision.
“I swore to myself and mum I will do what ever it takes for justice to occur,” she said.
The 23-year-old will be meeting with Queensland Attorney-General Shannon Fentiman on Wednesday where she will present her petition and all the facts on why she believes not enough was done to keep her mum safe.
Along with requesting an inquest into her mother’s death, Ms Greer also hopes there can be a “systematic review of the corners court policies and procedures relating to how victims families are treated”.
Ms Greer currently has just under 22,000 signatures on her Change.org petition, but is hoping to reach 30,000 ahead of the meeting.
She said if an inquest is granted, she also wants a review into the police investigation prior to Ms Sharman’s death.
Ms Greer is determined to get justice for her mother and has vowed to continue her fight regardless of the outcome of Wednesday’s meeting.
“Regardless of how the meeting goes, I will continue to advocate for my mum, and bring awareness to issues surrounding victims of homicide, domestic violence and missing persons,” Ms Greer said.
Losing her mother at a young age and in such a horrific way changed Ms Greer’s life “dramatically”.
“I was suicidal for a long time and didn’t have a reason to be alive in the months following her disappearance,” she said.
“The only thing that stopped me from taking my life was the hope of finding her.
“Thankfully as an adult I now have the power to advocate on her behalf and continue to bring awareness to not only her story but domestic violence, homicide and missing persons.”