Mourners have gathered to say goodbye to a ‘beautiful’ teenager whose alleged homicide in rural Tasmania sparked a months-long manhunt.
Shyanne-Lee Tatnell was discovered lifeless final month close to a mountain climbing path within the northeastern a part of the state after disappearing from Launceston in April.
Tasmania police have since arrested Scottsdale man Christopher Mark Jordan, 36, who was charged with the alleged homicide of the 14-year-old.
Hundreds of individuals gathered on the Chapel of Parkside Funerals in Burnie on Saturday, with almost 1,000 folks watching through a web based reside stream.
The service started with the lighting of candles in honor of Mrs Tatnell and the grief of her household and the close-knit Tasmanian neighborhood.
Shyanne-Lee Tatnell was discovered lifeless close to a mountain climbing path within the state’s northeast final month Photo: Facebook.
Mourners have been advised the funeral was a ‘harder moment’ than anticipated provided that many questions on Ms Tatnell’s loss of life have been left unanswered.
Ms Tatnell’s father, Nathan, described the younger teenager as his ‘little puddin’ and mentioned in a publish that he was proud to have seen her develop right into a ‘young lady’.
“You’ve always made me so proud—aside from stealing Nan’s car,” he mentioned.
“I have to say I was a little impressed with how far you’ve come at fourteen.
Bobbi-Lee Ketchell with a young Shyanne-Lee Tatnell, whose remains were found last month. Photo: Facebook
“I laughed a lot telling people what you did.
“The pain I feel now is tearing me apart knowing I can no longer watch you grow up.
“You were taken too soon.
‘You’ll always be daddy’s pudding bear.
‘See you soon.’
Ms Tatnell’s father described one of the last times the couple spoke, with the young teen describing her excitement about returning to school and making friends.
Born in August 2008, Mr Tatnell was described as a ‘chubby bubby’ who brought love and light to her family and loved being the center of attention.
A person close to the family described the difficulties the stubborn teen faced after she started high school, before recently moving to Launceston.
“Shyanne became strong-willed and rebellious, resisting the limits placed on her and finally deciding she could do whatever she wanted,” they mentioned.
Police formally recognized Ms Tatnell’s stays by way of DNA testing final week. Photo: Facebook
“The lessons Shyanne leaves for all of us, how to do everything in your power to keep your children safe, listen with open ears and hearts, and never stop loving.”
A neighbor of the household, Gina, described Mrs Tatnell as her ‘dear neighbour’ and reminisced watching her ‘grow up laughing and just having fun’.
Even while you left, you’d by no means hesitate to cease and say hi there together with your stunning smile. That will at all times stick with me,” Gina advised the service.
Ms Tatnell’s stepsister, Lakeisha, mentioned she couldn’t describe how she felt that her “her only sister” had tragically handed away.
“There were so many different emotions, and eventually it became total overload and too much for me to handle,” she mentioned.
“My little sister, my little girl, the one person I used to fight with, and then sit there and laugh because the fight was funny and it was gone.”
Ms Tatnell’s household inspired mourners to deliver written notices to be positioned with the teenager at a funeral service.
Mother Bobbi-Lee Ketchell, who was lively on social media throughout the frantic search, broke her silence in a Facebook tribute final month.
“Heaven has now gained two of my beautiful children. Their wings were ready, but my heart wasn’t,” mentioned Mrs. Ketchell.
My little woman, I’ll keep sturdy and stay your voice – defending you was one thing I couldn’t do or prevent.
“I’m blessed to be your mother and you’re coming home, just not the way I hoped.”
A GoFundMe account arrange earlier this month has to this point raised $2,300 to assist Ms. Ketchell.
The teenager’s disappearance and subsequent loss of life despatched shock waves by way of Tasmania’s tight-knit communities. Mother Bobbi-Lee Ketchell, proper. Photo: Facebook
Organizer Joanne Nicholls mentioned Ms. Ketchell didn’t need flowers or presents.
“(This is) an opportunity for members of the public to show their support,” Ms Nicholls mentioned.
“In lieu of flowers or gifts, please donate here. All donations go directly to the family’s needs.”
More than 180 support employees, together with Tasmanian police, have been concerned within the search.
Police formally recognized Ms Tatnell’s stays by way of DNA testing final week.
The teenager’s disappearance and subsequent loss of life despatched shock waves by way of Tasmania’s tight-knit communities.
The Mercury reported seeing flowers, teddy bears and heartfelt messages on Henry St bridge in Launceston.
Mr. Jordan has been remanded in custody, the place he’ll stay till his subsequent trial on August 16.
No pleas have been entered.