Reported Missing A True Story of Family and Murder

What's it like to have your mom charged with murder?

In 2009, a yacht was found sinking on its moorings, Sarah Bowles’ step-father was missing and her mother was charged with his murder. There was no body, no murder weapon, no witnesses and no motive. In The Nib’s first serialized work of longform comics journalism, cartoonist Eleri Harris delves into a family’s emotional nightmare and Tasmania’s most controversial murder conviction.

Comics in the series

Reported Missing — Part One: The Disappearance

On the morning of January 27, 2009, the Four Winds is sinking with nobody on it. Bob Chappell has vanished.

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Reported Missing — Part Two: The Lie

Investigators close in on making an arrest as Sue reveals a secret.

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Reported Missing — Part Three: The Arrest

What’s it like to have your mother arrested for murdering your stepfather?

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Reported Missing — Part Four: Bob and Sue

Searching for clues in family history.

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Reported Missing — Part Five: The Conviction

A case for murder rests on no body and no murder weapon.

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Reported Missing — Part Six: Reasonable Doubt

Unanswered questions linger — who really killed Bob?

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Reported Missing — Part Seven: The Aftermath

A family learns to live with the fallout. A campaign to free Sue gains steam. And a final dramatic twist could change everything.

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