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  • Renee Cluff

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    Tablelands woman in a ‘vulnerable’ state before her tragic death far from home


    The Atherton Tablelands community is mourning the shock death of a young local woman in the United States.

    The body of 27 year-old Meghan Godfrey, from Yungaburra, was found at the foot of a building at George Washington University campus in Washington DC on July 16.



    It was only identified as Ms Godfrey when her concerned mother arrived in the country a week later to take her daughter home.

    Local outreach organisation HER Resiliency Centre was involved in the search and said Ms Godfrey had been in a vulnerable state when she was photographed sitting outside a train station in the days leading up to her death.

    “At the beginning of this week our outreach team met with a woman who traveled here from Australia in search of her missing daughter, who was recently sighted in Washington DC last Friday in Union Station,” a social media post reads.

    “The daughter is in a vulnerable state, had her wallet/ID stolen, and is currently living on the streets.

    “The daughter did send her mother an email 2 weeks ago asking her to come take her home...that she is "ready to go back."”

    A day later there was a second post.

    “We are saddened that earlier this evening we leaned Meghan is no longer with us.

    “We hope she is in peace and pray for her family,” it reads.

    The news has saddened family and friends, who’ve remembered her online as a beautiful young woman.

    “I will miss you Meghan, my beautiful cousin,” said Shaylee McLeod.

    “God bless all of you, suffering through the loss of this beautiful young lady. RIP Meaghan. You are very loved.” said Teresa Fiala.

    Lolly Alexander said, “Gone too soon... may you rest in peace .. prayers for your family.”

    A GoFundMe page has been set up to help pay for repatriation of Meghan’s body and to cover her mother’s expenses in the United States.

    If this story has raised any issues for you, you can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14.