The mother of missing Gold Coast woman Novy Chardon says she worried about her daughter’s relationship with businessman John Chardon when the pair met in 2001.
In an interview with The Jakarta Globe, Estralita Aler said she had concerns about the relationship because Mr Chardon was 30 years older than Novy and had been married four times before.
“I know John was her first love because she had never dated anyone before; that’s why I couldn’t stop her [from marrying Mr Chardon],” Ms Aler told The Globe.
She said the pair met while Mr Chardon was on a business trip to Indonesia and Novy - whose maiden name was Aristananda - was working at a car rental company in the city of Surabaya.
Ms Aler said after the pair wed in 2002, Mrs Chardon would return home to Surabaya every three months for a holiday.
But when the marriage turned sour, Ms Aler said the family unsuccessfully tried to convince Mrs Chardon to walk away and give up a battle for a share of the couple’s assets.
Ms Aler said one of the factors in the relationship breakdown was her daughter refusing Mr Chardon’s request to acquire a loan to expand his lubricant business, INOX.
“John threatened to divorce her when she refused to grant her approval to get the loan,” Ms Aler said.
Mrs Chardon was last seen on February 6, 2013 at her Upper Coomera home and her car was found abandoned near the Nerang train station five days later.
Police believe she was murdered and more than one person was responsible.
Mr Chardon - who is a person of interest in the case - has always proclaimed his innocence. At the time Mrs Chardon was reported missing, he was overseas on a business trip.
Ms Aler said she exchanged text messages with her daughter on the day she went missing, and had seen her less than two weeks earlier in the Indonesian city of Surabaya.
“If only I knew that it was the last time I would see her, I would have stopped her from going back to Australia,” Ms Aler said.
Police last week dug up the backyard of a Gold Coast hinterland home in search of a white ute that may be connected to Mrs Chardon’s disappearance.
While they did find a white ute, police are yet to say whether that specific vehicle is linked with the case.
The male occupant of the house is an acquaintance of Mr Chardon but denied anything to do with Mrs Chardon’s disappearance.