Name: Warren Meyer
LAST SEEN: Yarra Ranges, Victoria
Missing since: March 2008
Then aged: 57
FUN FACT: Canadian pancake extraordinaire
“I don’t really laugh anymore.”
There is a hole in Zee Meyer’s life.
Where once laughter was, now exists the silent space left behind since her husband of 31 years went missing.
The silence of a home once filled with the sound of his favourite country rock music or the corny TV shows he watched and that she would happily grin and bear if it meant he was there to watch them with her.
The empty space by her side once occupied by the tall, fit, smiling man who had been her companion on countless walks and hikes, and whose shadow lingered there in the years after his disappearance so that walking alone felt strange, uncomfortable, wrong.
Ironically, it was to be just such a hike that took Warren Meyer from his family over 12 years ago.
A seasoned hiker, Warren had traversed countless miles across the globe, including the ‘great trails’ of Machu Picchu and Kokoda. On Easter Sunday 2008, he had intended taking a simple hike from the Dom Dom Saddle carpark, near Narbethong, 80 kilometres north east of Melbourne, just another activity during an enjoyable, unseasonably-warm holiday period spent with friends.
“It is just as surreal and mind-numbing as the first day, because there are no answers. I try to exist day to day, but the cold fact remains; I cannot give my husband a dignified burial, I cannot find his remains.”
The week prior had been an exciting one for the Meyers, one in which they had signed off on a major house renovation and finalised plans for a much-anticipated trip to Canada, Warren’s country of origin.
Plans for the future were signed, sealed, delivered and ready to roll…
After the story, Loren and Zee discuss the challenges of dealing with police, media and members of the public whilst navigating the financial toll, the administrative obstacles and the psychological torment faced by partners left behind.
Hosted by Loren O’Keeffe
Additional writing for this episode by Erin Munro
‘Wildflowers’ by Jess Ribeiro
Audio production and music composition by Mike Migas
Graphic design by Maricarmen Rubí Baeza
Video and web design by Paulina Szymanska
Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN)