Trow Street Katoomba: Belinda's last residence. Photo: Supplied
Much has been said and written about the last weeks and months of Belinda Peisley's life - the heroin addiction, the bursts of anger and despair, the final, sudden end almost certainly brought by an act of violence.
But with the conclusion of the inquest into the 19-year-old, a sadder and more nuanced story has emerged.
The mother of two was last seen leaving Katoomba hospital, west of Sydney, on September 26, 1998. For more than 13 years police were at a loss to explain what happened until investigators uncovered information suggesting the young woman may have been the victim of foul play, a discovery that led to the opening of a coronial inquest into her death.
(From left) Belinda's son, Cody Peisley with his grandfather Mark Wearne, and Belinda's former partner William Moffett (white shirt) with their son Billy Moffett. Photo: Peter Rae
Following the revelation at Glebe Coroner's Court on Wednesday that charges will not be laid against two ''person's of interest'' suspected of involvement in Peisley's death, her family have opened up about the circumstances surrounding it.
''Just nine months before all of this, she was completely different,'' the young woman's former partner, Andrew Morfett, said. ''She was never into drugs before she met those people; she was just a bright, normal person.''
''Those people'' were the group of drug-addicted, damaged youths, Peisley fell in with after moving to the Blue Mountains.
Life lost: Belinda Peisley. Photo: Supplied
Among them were the two principal persons of interest during the inquest - Jeremy Douglas and Saxon Holdforth.
Counsel assisting the inquest, Phillip Strickland, told the inquest that while there was strong evidence that Peisley's death was a homicide, there was insufficient evidence to lay charges against anyone involved.
Peisley's relatives stopped short of making public accusations. But they believe that the ''bad crowd'', including Mr Douglas and Mr Holdforth, were partly attracted by the inheritance Peisley had received from her great uncle about a year before she disappeared.
Mother of two: Belinda Peisley with her sons Billy Moffett on her lap and Cody Peisley. Photo: Supplied
''The inheritance was supposed to help her out but I think she was too young to have inherited that sort of money,'' her uncle, Roc Versace, said.
The submission by counsel assisting the inquest that there is insufficient evidence to lay charges is a blow to the family, but they remain hopeful.
''Always there's hope,'' Peisley's father, Mark Wearne, said.
''There wasn't 100 per cent evidence against any one person. There was a lot of suspicion, but no proof.
''Belinda has lost her life but we still have our lives to lead.''