Mystery revealed as to why Tromp family made bizarre diappearance

When Mark Tromp and his family went missing for five days, that had triggered alarm bells sending the Victoria and New South
Mark Tromp - the father of the family who disappeared. Photo: NSW Police

When Mark Tromp and his family went missing for five days, that had triggered alarm bells sending the Victoria and New South Wales police searching for them.

Not only the police were involved, their family, friends and community also went on a searching mission to determine what had happened to the family who fled their home but leaving behind bank cards and mobile phones.

Now, the search has ended and Mark Tromp was found running along a street in Wangaratta in “good health”.

According to Mr Tromp’s son Mitchell, his parents were scared and thought they were being followed when they left their farm at Silvan, east of Melbourne, over a week ago.

On Sunday, Mitchell Tromp and his sister Ella said the road trip and subsequent separation of the family members was “a family matter”, reports ABC.

In a statement released by a relative, Mark Tromp said his family had been through “a difficult period”.

“We will soon be reunited and together,” he said.

“I hope that we will begin to make sense of our ordeal and return to a normal life,” he said.
Mr Tromp expressed his gratitude to Victoria and New South Wales police for their help.

“Without reservation, I apologise for the hurt and concern caused by these events,” he said.

He also thanked health care professionals who had looked after the family’s “physical and mental wellbeing”. Mark Tromp, the man at the centre of a bizarre interstate family trip last week, has apologised for the “hurt and concern” caused by the saga.

Mother Jacoba Tromp and another daughter Rhiana remain in hospital where they are being treated by mental health professionals.

The youngest daughter, Ella Tromp, has been charged with stealing a car it was alleged that she used to drive from New South Wales back home after she left her parents near Goulburn.

“More than anything, my family and I need time to recover and receive appropriate assistance, including mental health services,” Mark Tromp said.

Timeline of the family road trip according to ABC News

Monday, August 29

The family of five leave their Silvan redcurrant farm in a grey Peugeot station wagon with a large amount of cash, but bank cards and mobile phones are left behind
Heading towards New South Wales, son Mitchell Tromp has his phone thrown out of the car window at Warburton, east of Melbourne
Tuesday, August 30

Mitchell leaves the family trip at Bathurst
The rest of the family travel to Jenolan Caves in the NSW central tablelands before the two daughters leave their parents at Goulburn
Daughter Rhiana is hospitalised with stress-related health issues at Goulburn
Police visit the Tromp family home after Mark and Jacoba are reported missing and find the house unlocked and paperwork everywhere

Wednesday, August 31

The family’s car is found in Wangaratta in Victoria’s north-east after police receive a report that it was seen following another car
Police pull the car over and a man, believed to be Mark Tromp, runs away into a nearby park
The area is searched with sniffer dogs, but he is not found
Mitchell and Ella Tromp make their way back to Victoria and arrive to find police at their farm

Thursday, September 1

Jacoba Tromp is found and taken by a member of the public to Yass hospital where she is assessed for stress-related health concerns
Mitchell and Ella appeal to the public for help to find their father
Mitchell says his parents had mounting business pressures and were scared and paranoid when he left them on the trip

Friday, September 2

Jacoba Tromp is transferred to Goulburn hospital to be treated alongside Rhiana

Saturday, September 3

Mark Tromp is found on a street near the Wangaratta airport in “good health”

What do you think actually happened? Share your thoughts in the comments.

  1. Anne Wolski  

    None of our business. We don’t know what distress this family was suffering.

    • Ann Furber  

      True Anne, none of our business at all.

  2. Helen  

    It will be drug related, they either owe money or they’ve ripped off the big boys

  3. rickie barnes  

    Probably found some magic mushies somewhere

    • Joy  

      Exactly what I thought, magic mushrooms!

  4. ken  

    apologetic my arse. when filmed by news crews this cretin give us all the finger.,

  5. Irma  

    Don’t know. Don’t care. Waste of resources.

  6. Robin Eaton  

    The headline says “Mystery Revealed”. Now they want us to say what we think actually happened? So what mystery has been revealed ? just a diary of events. Come on, how about some non attention grabbing headlines.

    • Lisa  

      exactly…it’s the only reason I read the article – very deceptive

    • Jan  

      We knew all that from TV. Click bait.

  7. Joyzabell  

    I understand there must be underlying problems but – why would you give “The Bird” to everyone after the exhaustive search that took place to make sure the family was safe?
    I read that as “ungrateful”!

  8. Wayne Watkins  

    Maybe they were trying to find Timothy Leary . The entire family is definitely not the full quid . Think there may be acid in their water tank which would explain their actions .

  9. Sally Scott  

    Personally it isn’t our business, and the real reason for their ‘behaviour’ could be reason enough for those involved in thesearch for the missing members.
    It would be morally right to explain, if the family haven’t already, to the police, what really happen.

  10. Phil G  

    Just waiting for a better offer from New Idea!

  11. Vince P.  

    Mark Tromp’s words don’t match his actions. Waste of public money. Maybe they should be made to foot the bill.

      • Sue  

        I Think all the time that was spent on the search should be added up an the Tromp family should pay the bill…..

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