It is almost 50 years since the world as they knew it came to an end for the Richardson family.
Their beloved daughter and sister Bronwynne had been sexually assaulted then killed, her body found in a lagoon off what is now Waterview Road at Splitters Creek.
Just exactly what happened to the 17-year-old after she was abducted in central Albury on October 12, 1973, has remained largely a mystery in the decades that have since passed.
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It was a tragic event that has been compounded over the years by the failure, despite enormous efforts, to bring the perpetrators of this terrible crime to justice.
The closest investigators came to closing the case and to at least giving her mother and other family members what they and, most especially, Bronwyne deserved was the charging of Colin Newey in 2014.
But in a major setback, the charges were dropped and Newey died in 2019 without the crime against his name.
Such has been the considerable time that has gone by that all that was left to the Richardson family was the finding of the third and final coronial inquiry into Bronwynne's death.
And so it came to be on Monday that Newey and Max Martin, coroner Carmel Forbes said, were responsible for this despicable, evil act.
It was they, she found, who were involved in Bronwynne's abduction, in the brutality of her physical and sexual assault and who, in an ultimate act of depravity and disrespect, murdered her and then dumped her body.
It hardly needs saying that the finding, through no fault of anyone involved in the many probes into Bronwynne's death, will ring hollow.
Much of that is because, ultimately, no one was made to pay for her suffering, but also because it will always be that Bronwynne never got to live the life that she herself no doubt had dreamed about.
So much about the case is draped with sadness, but we hope this finding nevertheless gives Bronwynne's family comfort through providing them with some of the answers they so deserve.
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