23-year-old Tanja Ebert was reported missing just over a week ago. The German-born beauty had travelled to Australia on a gap year at age 19, where she had met her now-husband, Michael Burdon, a man 18 years her senior.
Tanja and Michael lived on a farm in rural Australia, where they raised their two young children in a seemingly happy marriage. However, just over a week ago, Tanja's family in Germany reported her missing and police began to investigate.
The last time she was seen alive was leaving the South Australian Museum with her husband, Michael Burdon, and their two sons. Footage shows the young woman visibly upset as Michael pushes their children in a pram.
When questioned, Burdon told police Tanja had become upset on the drive home from the museum, and had said she didn't want to return to their farm. Burdon says he pulled over to let his distressed wife out of the car and hasn't seen her since, the Adelaide Advertiser reports.
Though there have been no leads into Tanja's case, her husband, Michael, committed suicide yesterday at his home while police were questioning him about the disappearance and searching the property.
"During the course of the afternoon police momentarily lost sight of Michael and very shortly later heard a muffle gunshot...and found him dead a short distance from the home," Det Supt Bray said in a media conference, reports The Daily Mail.
He also said that while Burdon is still the only suspect in the case, they haven't found anything yet to link him to Tanja's disappearance.
Police will continue to search the 410sq km farm for any signs of the young woman.