A MAN who earlier described his missing wife as "crazy" and told
her to get her "a---" home yesterday said he was "extremely worried and
concerned" about her.
whose wife Novy Chardon is missing from their Gold Coast home, said
however that he had no immediate plans to return from a business trip to
Indonesia. The 65-year-old took their two children to Jakarta last Friday on
a pre-booked business trip two days after his 34-year-old wife went missing.
His comments follow reports that a witness said he saw clothes strewn
around Mrs Chardon's car, which was found abandoned in Nerang on Monday, and
a group of people acting suspiciously.
"I don't know when I'm coming back," Mr Chardon told The Courier-Mail
by phone from the Indonesian capital. "The police have said they don't need
to talk to me at the moment - I'm not the suspect they thought I might have
"I don't know anything (about what happened to Mrs Chardon). I'm still
extremely worried and concerned and all the media ringing is just more
stress for me and the kids."
On Monday, Mr Chardon said his wife had left home before and would be
back. Police said they were having discussions with Mr Chardon but would not
say if they had asked him to cut short his business trip and come home.
Regional crime co-ordinator Superintendent David Hutchinson
said police were becoming increasingly concerned for Mrs Chardon.
"I think it's fair to say that the longer this lasts, the more concerned
we become," Supt Hutchinson said.
Meanwhile, witness Karl Kristiansen said he saw a group of people acting
suspiciously and clothes strewn around Mrs Chardon's late model Volvo wagon,
which was found abandoned in Bowden Court, near Nerang railway station.
"It was about 10am on Sunday morning - there was a bit of activity going
on," Mr Kristiansen said. "A balding, stocky bloke and a young woman were
trying to jump-start a little white Corolla with a Falcon. They were looking
across the road (at Mrs Chardon's car) and there was another older lady
standing there, looking anxious.
"It looked suspicious, especially with all the clothes around the car. I
just kept my eye on them."
Mr Kristiansen said police had knocked on his door on Sunday night and
took his statement.
Police are conducting forensic tests on the Volvo, with crime scene
investigators expected to comb the Chardons' Bridie Drive home for several
There were unconfirmed sightings of Mrs Chardon yesterday, including one
of a woman matching her description hitchhiking on the M1.
Supt Hutchinson said police welcomed any information and were especially
keen to hear from anyone who saw her vehicle.
Detectives from the Homicide and Major and Organised Crime squads are
involved in the investigation.
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GOLD Coast mum Novy Chardon would have turned 35 last Monday.
But instead of celebrating with her, sad friends turned to her Facebook
page to post heartfelt birthday messages to a woman they know in their
hearts is almost certainly dead.
"Happy Birthday Novy, wishing you well wherever you are xox," one friend
Another posted: "to dear . . . friend Novy . . . wishing you a happy
birthday my friend! hope your are safe and please come home your kids need
you and we all miss you my beautiful friend."
It has been more than two months since
Mrs Chardon, a mother of two young children, went missing from her Upper
Coomera home, sparking a large-scale murder investigation.
Ironically, one of her favourite TV shows according to her Facebook
profile, is Cold Case.
But police say that while leads have dried up, the investigation remains
"This doesn't go anywhere near a cold case," police acting regional crime
co-ordinator Brian Swan said. "We still have a team of detectives from the
Coomera CIB and Homicide and Major and Organised Crime squads working
diligently on the investigation."
With Mrs Chardon having made no contact with family or friends, used her
phone or accessed bank accounts, police are convinced she is dead - most
likely as a result of foul play.
"We don't have an identified suspect but we are certainly looking at
persons of interest," Acting Superintendent Swan said.
Mrs Chardon's husband, John, who took their two children, 9 and 7, on a
business trip to Indonesia two days after she went missing on February
6, has been quizzed by detectives and also provided DNA samples.
But Mr Chardon, 65, has publicly denied any involvement in the
disappearance of his younger Indonesian-born wife.
Contacted last week by The Sunday Mail, Mr Chardon said: "I don't
talk to the media. I don't even read newspapers."
Mrs Chardon's late model Volvo SUV was found abandoned near Nerang
railway station soon after she disappeared. Police say her belongings,
including two suitcases, remain missing.
Speaking from her home in Indonesia last month, Mrs Chardon's mother told
The Courier-Mail her daughter loved her children too much to just
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Novy Chardon: Search for Gold Coast woman 'not over'
two years after disappearance
It has been two years since Gold Coast woman Novy Chardon
disappeared, with police fearing she was murdered.
Detectives are convinced more than one person is behind her death and her
killers are still at large.
Her husband John Chardon has previously been named by his own lawyer as
the chief suspect, although Mr Chardon denies any involvement.
Timeline of Novy Chardon's disappearance:
- February 6, 2013: Disappears, last seen at a Coomera service
- February 8, 2013: Husband John Chardon goes to Indonesia with
their children for a business trip.
- February 10, 2013: Missing person alert issued.
- February 11 2013: Her car found near the Nerang train
- February 13, 2013: Bushland close to her Upper Coomera home
- February 20, 20013: Police search Mr Chardon's business.
- February 25, 2013: Mr Chardon flies back from Indonesia and
is interviewed by police for several hours.
- March 4, 2014: Police start digging up a Mt Nathan backyard.
- March 6, 2014: Police find parts of a white ute. A model seen
near Ms Chardon's abandoned car.
- January 28, 2015: Police search Gold Coast hinterland
property for Ms Chardon's remains, but don't find items of interest.
Ms Chardon, 34, was last seen on security footage paying for fuel at a
Gold Coast service station the night she vanished: February 6, 2013.
Her car was found abandoned at Nerang train station days later.
The mother of two's body has never been found despite
an extensive search of a property last week at Advancetown in the Gold Coast
Just two days after Ms Chardon disappeared, her husband travelled to
Indonesia on business with their two children.
The couple was on the brink of divorce after an 11-year marriage, Mr
Chardon was 31 years her senior and had made his money on industrial lubricants.
Police said he was still one of many suspects, despite Mr Chardon denying
any involvement in her death.
Detective Superintendent David Hutchinson said her killers were still at
A $250,000 reward is on offer and anyone who knew how she was killed but
was not directly involved would be offered indemnity if they came forward.
"We are convinced that there are people out there in the public who know
more information and haven't come forward," Det Supt Hutchinson.
"We have progressed quite significantly over the last two years and we
still have a number of avenues to follow.
"The efforts we've put in so far would show the commitment that the
detectives have. It's not over yet, we still have inquires to go."
There have been a number of breakthroughs in the case, but they are yet to
lead to any real evidence that would result in a conviction.
Last year, police dug up a yard at Mount Nathan in the Gold Coast
hinterland after a tip-off; where they found parts of a ute which they believe
was in the area the night Ms Chardon disappeared.
Police have also made inquiries in Ms Chardon's home country of Indonesia,
where she met her husband and where her family lives.