A Tasmanian man has revealed he was one of the last people to see missing teenager Shyanne-Lee Tatnell alive.
The 14-year-old’s remains were discovered a week ago on a bush track near Nabowla in the state’s northeast during a large-scale search.
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Yochanan Gordon, a Launceston-based rabbi, said he saw her on April 30 while he was heading home from delivering necessary items to a homeless family staying in the yard of a friend’s home.
He drove across the Henry St Bridge and back about 8.30pm.
“I don’t think anything I can say about my drive that evening can help the family of Shyanne-Lee in the difficult time they are going through,” Gordon told 7NEWS.com.au.
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Shyanne-Lee was last seen walking near the North Esk River that same night, and was believed to be on her way to visit a friend.
“Shyanne-Lee was walking down the hill from Ravenswood, and it turned out to be the last time she was seen alive,” Gordon shared in a post online.
“This made me one of the last people to have seen her alive.”
Subsequent searches of the river failed to uncover any trace of the teenager.
CCTV footage from the bridge was released by police, in a bid to speak to anyone who saw her. Gordon immediately contacted police.
“This heartbreaking story deeply affected me,” he said.
Shyanne-Lee Tatnell was last sighted on CCTV near the North Esk River in Launceston, about 50km southwest of Nabowla. Credit: 7NEWS
On July 26, Tasmania Police launched one of the biggest searches in the state’s history in bushland near Nabowla, about 50km northeast of Launceston.
A forensic crime scene investigation was set up where the remains were found, as well as at a property in the nearby town of Scottsdale.
Tasmania Police northern district commander Kate Chambers said police had been in regular contact with Shyanne-Lee’s family and her thoughts were with them and the community.
Scottsdale man Christopher Mark Jordan, 36, was then charged in relation to her death the next day.
He briefly appeared in Launceston Magistrates Court last Friday and did not enter a plea to one count of murder.
Jordan has been remanded in custody and is expected to appear in court on August 16 via video link.
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