A WA detective has told the Coroner’s Court police investigated a report that two men were at Iveta Mitchell’s home on the night she was last seen alive.
- The inquest into the 2010 disappearance of Iveta Mitchell is over
- The Deputy State Coroner said she believed Iveta is dead
- Her son issued a stern warning to whoever is responsible
Detective Sergeant Gregory McDonald was the last witness at the inquest into the disappearance of the 37-year-old in 2010.
Her husband Chad Mitchell said he last saw her near their home in Parmelia, in the early hours of May 3, 2010, following an argument.
Det Sgt McDonald told the court someone contacted the police to say they’d spoken to a man who claimed he and another man were at Ms Mitchell’s home on the night of May 2.
The detective said one of the men identified was interviewed and denied having anything to do with Ms. Mitchell’s disappearance, and denied even having a conversation about it.
He said “no links whatsoever were found” between the two men and the Mitchell family and both were later eliminated as suspects.
The detective described the investigation into Iveta Mitchell’s disappearance as “thorough”, with every reasonable opportunity explored.
Gone without a trace
Det Sgt McDonald told the court police believed Ms Mitchell died around May 2 or 3.
“It’s unfortunate we have no answers,” Det Sgt McDonald said.
The court also heard from Detective Sergeant Justin Meeres, who said banks and other financial institutions found no evidence Ms. Mitchell had accessed any of their services since 2010.
There was no sign of any involvement with government agencies, and police databases had been checked.
There was no evidence that Ms. Mitchell, who was born in Czechoslovakia, traveled overseas.
Foul play ‘likely’
The Deputy State Coroner Sarah Linton said she was satisfied, beyond reasonable doubt, that Iveta Mitchell was deceased.
“Foul play is certainly a likely option,” she told the court, although she had yet to conclude that.
Speaking outside the court, Iveta’s daughter Alana Iveta Kilsby said it was an outcome she’d expected.
“She’s not the type of woman that she’s going to walk away, especially not for this long,” she said.
“But I also feel like this is the start of a very slow snowball.”
“(I) definitely don’t feel like this is the end.”
Ms Kilsby had told the court how she’d had a fractious relationship with Iveta’s husband Chad, who, on one occasion, had slapped her face.
“I finally got to say what I needed to say, and no home is perfect,” she said.
“But I’m glad I said what I said and I meant every word of it, and to every one of those out there having trouble at home, just talk.
“If it’s your teachers at school, if it’s your friends, if it’s your friend’s parents, even a youth worker — talk, it could save a lot.”
Children in ‘waiting game’
Ms Mitchell’s eldest son, Peter Read, said it was now a “waiting game”.
Mr. Read said while there were a few things that came out during the inquest, he considered them “insignificant”.
He believed the investigation needed to continue.
“Until there’s a body, you have to,” he said. “It’s not like there isn’t a body, there is somewhere.
“Until that’s found, you don’t get closure, you don’t get the chance to go to sleep at night without that thought.”
Blunt warning for offender
Mr. Read had a message for anyone who knew anything about what happened to his mother.
“Your day’s coming,” he said.
“It’s been 12 years and nobody’s said a word, if someone out there does know something, the longer time goes on, the more hate there is, the more anger there is.
“An emotional roller coaster is coming straight at you from multiple people.”
Iveta’s son with Chad Mitchell, Kyle, said he was happy with the way the inquest had proceeded.
“There is a lot of evidence for her to flick through,” he said.
“After 12 years, in my eyes, what’s another six months to actually figure out what her verdict’s going to be?”
He said while he had an open mind about what may have happened to his mother, he still loved his father.