Tragic couple’s smiles hid a painful secret

Ms Ebert, then just 19 years old, is found in South australia’s mid-north pastoral district, where she took casual work in a local pub to fund his travels.

One day, she crossed the path of Michael Burdon, a beautiful farmer nearly twenty years her elder, and his life was changed forever.

His friends say that the attraction was immediate and reciprocal.

“Mike was smitten from the start,” a companion said to The Advertiser. “He loved her.”

“She was the most beautiful person you will ever meet and he was a great guy — it was really a match made in heaven.”

Five years after they met, and just six months after their dream wedding, both Ms Ebert, 23, and Mr. Burdon, 41, appear death tragic and unnatural circumstances, leaving their two young sons orphaned.

The Police investigation into Ms Ebert mysterious of the August 8 disappearance say Mr. Burdon mortally wounded him-even the family of the remote sheep station, yesterday, after agents have revealed they suspected his wife had been murdered.

Detective Superintendent Des Bray has since revealed that the couple may have been hiding a painful secret behind the smiles on their faces — the disintingration of their perfect relationship.

Picture perfect: Six months after their marriage and idyllic family of the remote sheep station, at the time Tanya Ebert and Michael Burdon are dead. Photo: Facebook

Tanja Ebert, 23, and Michael Burdon, 41, pictured with their sons, aged one and three, he seemed happy and in love. Photo: Facebook

In 2012, Mr. Burdon lived a relatively solitary life of his family history Oulina Park sheep station, 400 square kilometres of the property, located over 100 km to the South Australia-new south wales border.

Undeterred by the relentless heat, dust and isolation, Ms Ebert threw himself on the life of the farm and building a future with Mr. Burdon.

In 2014, the couple celebrated the birth of their first child, a boy. However, tragedy struck a few weeks later, when Mr Burdon Peter’s father passed away on the property, 68 years of age.

Mr. Burdon Snr’s obituary indicates that he has formed a special relationship with his daughter-in-law (he said that he was “beloved by Tanya”), and refers to a second son, Marc — michel’s brother — in-law as a deceased person.

It is not known when or how Mark Burdon is death, but the death of their father led to Michael Burdon inherit and become the sole owner of Oulina Park and all the pressures and the responsibilities that went with it.

While Mr. Burdon has raced to the farm, Ms Ebert concentrated on creating as many opportunities as possible for their son.

She has joined a non-profit group called Remote and Isolated Children’s Exercise (RICE), which provides health, childcare and education services for families living on remote and rural properties in the South of the Australian outback.

Whenever possible, the couple took their boys to travel to Adelaide, where they attend museums, art galleries or the seaside.

Ms Ebert was also a member of the local amateur theatre group and took part in a handful of productions.

“For all intents and purposes, she appeared to have a normal, happy life,” Det supt Bray said.

Friends say the couple has been ‘hit’ with each other. Photo: Facebook

Detectives door-knocking homes and offices along Horrocks Highway in Roseworthy, clues about the whereabouts of missing mom Tanja Ebert. Picture: Bianca De Marchi

Four years and two children later, the couple apparently still crazy in love — have decided to take their relationship to the next level and marry.

Those who attended the union which took place at the farm in February of this year, described it as a “magical” event.

The photos of the bride and groom, dressed beautifully against such a uniquely Australian backdrop were superb.

In one, Ms. Ebert, dressed in silk-sleeveless-tulle dress, gazes into the eyes of her husband, who looks equally stylish in a grey checked suit brown RM Williams boots and an open-collar white shirt.

“It was truly a magical day — they were in love,” a friend who attended the wedding said The Advertiser.

But Ms. Ebert of the smiley exterior masked a sorrow secret, and, after a family visit to Adelaide, last week, she told her husband that she did not want to return home, the paper reported.

Det supt Bray said the Mr Burdon told the police that he and his wife had an argument, near Roseworthy, next to grain silos, approximately 1.5 km to the north of a gas station they stopped at on the Main North Rd, on the 8th of August.

He said Ms. Ebert became agitated and stormed off with a large amount of cash the couple was carrying to pay for bills and “the operation of the business”. He never saw her again, he said.

The Police believe that Ms Ebert had expressed the desire to leave his marriage until his death.

“There were problems in the relationship and we speak to different people, and we need to prove that those issues were, but it leads us to believe that she had the intention of leaving the family home,” Det supt Bray said to journalists this morning.

Mr Burdon pulled himself to the family property yesterday, just hours after police held a press conference revealing their suspicions that Ms Ebert had been murdered.

A massive search for Ms Ebert body is running Burdon sprawling sheep station and is expected to last several days.

A search of the Roseworthy area where Mr. Burdon stated his wife stormed out found no trace of the young mother.