STATEMENT BY MS WENDY MUDFORD
The Department of Defence has been requested to release this statement on
behalf of Ms Wendy Mudford, the widow of Lance Corporal Richard Parker.
Ms Mudford has requested her privacy be respected and that she will not be
conducting any media interviews at this time.
I am truly happy knowing that both Tiny and Peter have been found and
returned home to their own country where they belong.
It's been a long time since I lost Tiny and almost unbelievable to know he
has been found which is due to the perseverance of some very special people.
It's been a major task for the team of Operation Aussies Home headed by Jim
Bourke. I can not speak highly enough of what they have been through and
I have some very special friends, Jim, Trevor, Peter, Gordon and they are
only the ones I know. There are many more and I thank them all most
I am happy for the Gillson family and can especially relate to Lorraine as I
know and understand what she is going through. You can't help reliving this
time 41-and-a-half years ago.
It's a very private and emotional time for me and to share my feelings and
thoughts with those close to Tiny and myself. I am so fortunate having such
special friends, and my husband, here supporting me.
Tiny can now rest peacefully and we will all have peace of mind.
I trust you will respect my wishes.