‘Girl in the cupboard’ runaway teen, Natasha Ryan, found dead on Queensland golf coarse

Matt Shrivell
The Nightly
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The Queensland woman once known as "the girl in the cupboard" has been found dead at a Rockhampton golf course.

The ‘girl in the cupboard’ saga was one of the most intriguing police investigations in Australian history and the subject of those attentions, Natasha Ryan, has been found dead on a golf course in Rockhampton over the weekend.

More than 25 years ago, Ryan, went missing following reports she was seen smoking out the front of a cinema and chatting to an older man.

A full-scale search was launched for the 14-year-old runaway and was later presumed to have been killed by serial rapist Leonard John Fraser, who stood trial for her murder.

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Ryan was missing for over four years until police were alerted via a letter with information supplied about her existence, and she was discovered hiding in a cupboard at her boyfriend Scott Black’s house.

Following her discovery she paid a $1000 court fine and went on to marry Black and have four children.

Ryan, 40, was found dead by police at a Rockhampton golf course on Sunday morning.

Emergency services had been searching, via land and air, for a missing person in the Rockhampton region for a number of hours on June 2 reports said.

The RACQ CapRescue chopper service was searching the Rockhampton Golf Course area in West Rockhampton near the zoo and botanical gardens.

Officers will prepare a report for the coroner and say the circumstances surrounding her death are not suspicious.

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