Slain nurse's sister wonders what might have been
SLAIN nurse Wendy Evans' older sister Susan Vlismas has been left with the pain of wondering what sort of life the young nurse would have had in front of her had she simply heeded her older sister's advice not to hitch hike.
Good friends Wendy Evans and Lorraine Wilson had stayed with Mrs Vlismas and her husband and two small children at the family's Camp Hill home in the days leading up to their disappearance and murder.
"They were good girls, they didn't go looking for trouble," Mrs Vlismas said.
"Wendy got the highest score in her nursing class and they were both dedicated.
"I didn't like them hitch hiking but they were confident of being alright."
After Ms Wilson's car broke down in Goondiwindi en route to Brisbane, the girls had hitched a ride with a truck driver who dropped them at the door of Mrs Vlismas' home in Brisbane.
"I think because they had a good experience with that driver that they were confident of getting back safely," she said.
"They just thought it could be as easy going back as it was coming down.
"It was a Thursday (when they were leaving) and we wanted them to stay until the weekend so my husband Dimo could drive them to Goondiwindi.
"Lorraine had called Goondiwindi and the car was fixed and ready to be picked up.
"Their holiday was over and they were short of money and they had to get back to Sydney for work.
"Lorraine was from the country and so she was more confident of hitch hiking.
"My husband and I both tried to talk to them and stop them from hitch hiking and Wendy said she knew what we were saying but Lorraine wanted to get going."
The last Mrs Vlismas saw of her sister was watching her walk up the street after saying their farewells.
Though it is difficult for her to sit in court listening the details of her sister's death, Mrs Vlismas is pleased the case is closer to an end.
"Watching it is difficult, she said.
"I'm just trying to piece together what happened.
"In our family, Wendy was the closest to me."