'We just want him home'
The wife of missing Dee Why man Nick Eade pleads for his return and stresses how 'out of character' his disappearance is. Nine News.PT1M37S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2zaz5 620 349 December 13, 2013
On the weekend before he vanished, Nick Eade and his wife, Trish, took their excited two-year-old daughter to see Santa Claus.
Now, all his young family wants for Christmas is to see the 37-year-old television producer walk through the door of their Dee Why home and back into their lives.
Nothing is making sense. I don’t know if he’s had a mid-life crisis, a meltdown, depression, I wish I had the answers. I wish I knew.
‘‘I’m just dreading Christmas. I’m really, really dreading it,’’ Mr Eade’s wife, Trish Heagerty, said tearfully.
Emotional plea: Trish Heagerty with husband Nick Eade. Photo: Facebook
‘‘I just really hope that every time I come home he’s sitting there and it’s just been a really bad dream. But every time I open up the door it’s empty and he’s not there.’’
Mr Eade left the family home about 6.30am on November 26 to go to work as a producer on Channel 7’s Fast Ed cooking show.
In the afternoon he sent an upbeat text message to his wife, telling her he had just had a successful work meeting, adding: "Actually it was prob the best one I’ve done to date".
Missing: Nick Eade. Photo: Facebook
He wrote that he expected to have a busy afternoon at work and would return home slightly later than usual, signing off: "Love you heaps xx"
Those words were the last that Mrs Heagerty heard from her husband.
‘‘I thought it strange that he wasn’t home by 7pm, and I just sort of dismissed it for a bit, keeping in mind that he was busy. I get it, I didn’t want to hound him. At about 9.30pm, I was really at my wits ends.’’
On Tuesday, Mr Eade’s Toyota Corolla station wagon was found abandoned in Cremorne. His mobile phone was inside the vehicle.
But the car had been parked at the location for more than a week, and Mrs Heagerty was only able to track it down when a parking fine arrived in the mail.
Mr Eade has three daughters - two from a previous relationship and two-year-old Ruby, who is too young to understand what is happening.
‘‘She’s devastated. She’s crying in her sleep,’’ Mrs Heagerty said.
‘‘If someone knocks on the door she bangs on it and and shouts, ‘daddy, daddy’. I’m trying to explain to her, ‘daddy’s missing, daddy’s lost’. It’s hard, I don’t really understand how a two-year-old thinks and I’m just trying my best. I cry in front of her. I’m trying to be happy in front of her and trying to continue to have a stable environment with routine so it’s not disruptive for her. I still have to go to work to pay the bills and pay the mortgage, because I don’t know if I’m ever going to see my husband again.’’
She said her husband did not have a history of depression, and was a ‘‘respectful, loving family man’’ who would text or call her to say if he was held up at work.
Mrs Heagerty, a cook book author and stylist, met her husband in 2006 when they were both working for Women’s Weekly at the Royal Easter Show. It was love at first sight, she said.
‘‘It sounds corny, but as soon as I laid eyes on him I knew that I was going to marry him and we married within a year,’’ she said.
‘‘This is the longest we’ve actually ever been apart from each other. We’re always together. Not in a [bad] type way. We choose to be together. We want to get home from work and spend quality time with the family, so it’s just so out of character.
‘‘We’ve got a really loving relationship. If there’s something wrong we communicate it, but there’s not, there hasn’t been. Nothing is making sense. I don’t know if he’s had a mid-life crisis, a meltdown, depression, I wish I had the answers. I wish I knew.’’
On November 30, there was a reported sighting of Mr Eade at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club, near Byron Bay.
A family friend of Mr Eade and Mrs Heagerty flew to Mullumbimby to meet the man who claimed to have seen Mr Eade. That man was adamant that the man he saw was Mr Eade, but police have not confirmed this.
His family said Mr Eade’s bank account was accessed from Brookvale on Monday this week, however there was no CCTV footage to confirm that it was Mr Eade accessing the funds.
His family fears another person may have been using his card.
Mr Eade, an avid cricket fan and keen surfer, has worked as a producer on numerous television shows including Better Homes and Gardens, Ready Steady Cook and My Kitchen Rules.
His colleague Johanna Griggs tweeted for help to find him.
"Please keep a look out 4 our colleague Nick Eade, Missing for 2 weeks now. Thinking of him & his family," @JohGriggs7 tweeted.
"Please pass on. We are hoping our much valued colleague is found soon."
Mr Eade is about 170 centimetres tall, with a stocky build, shaved head and a large tattoo on his left arm.
Mrs Heagerty said she prayed that her husband had suffered a breakdown and would return home.
‘‘I pray that we find him, and I really pray that that’s the worst-case scenario, that there is something mentally going on and he’s scared and ashamed or lost within himself. I’m hoping that that’s the case and that someone’s looking after him, and that he knows that we love him and that no matter what happens that we’re here for him, we always are, and that’s what I’m holding on to,’’ she said.
Police have appealed for anyone with information about his whereabouts to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.