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Desperate Final Email Aussie Woman Sent Mother Before Death

An Australian mother rushed to America to search for her daughter after she received a plea for help but tragically, was too late.

Queensland woman Meghan Godfrey, 27, emailed her mother from Washington DC where she lived.

Her chilling final email simply read, “Come take me home … ready to go back.”

Meghan's mother Janelle flew to the US on July 17 to try and find her daughter and bring her back to Australia.

Meghan Godfrey
Meghan sent her mother an email desperately asking for help. Photo: Facebook/ Meghan Godfrey.

Janelle spent 10 days working with Washington DC Police, Amtrak Police, Union Station security, the Australian Embassy, the Australian expat community and street outreach groups to try and locate Meghan. She vowed she would not return to Australia until her daughter was found.

It's believed the "charming, trusting, personable" 27-year-old from Yungaburra in north-east Queensland became homeless after her wallet and ID were stolen.

A local outreach group called HER Resiliency Centre released a collage of images of Meghan in the hope of tracking her down. One of the final images of Meghan shows her wearing a black and white striped top sitting at Union Square train station.

Meghan Godfrey
The collage of photos released by HER Resiliency Centre. Photo: Facebook/ HER Resilience Centre.

"The daughter is in a vulnerable state, had her wallet/ID stolen, and is currently living on the streets," Street Outreach Manager at HER Resiliency Centre Ami Angell said on Facebook.

"The daughter did send her mother an email two weeks ago asking her to come take her home...that she is 'ready to go back.' That is why her mother is here."

Just 10 days after Janelle arrived in the US to search for her daughter, the worst happened.

At around midnight on July 27 the body of a woman who matched Meghan's description was discovered and the next day on July 28 the body was formally identified as the missing Australian.

Meghan Godfrey
Meghan's body was found just 10 days after her mother arrived in the US. Photo: Facebook/ Go Fund Me.

Meghan's death is not being treated as suspicious by local police and now a Go Fund Me page has been set up by HER Resiliency Centre to help Meghan's family transport her body back to Australia.

"As you might imagine, Janelle and her family are quite overwhelmed by the unexpectedness of a beautiful life cut so short," Ami Angell wrote on the Go Fund Me page.

"I created this campaign in the hopes to ease some of the families burden in figuring out a way to take Meghan back to Australia, where she can be with family."

Over $3,000 was raised in the first 24 hours.

Meghan Godfrey
A Go Fund Me page has been set up to cover funeral costs for Meghan's family. Photo: Go Fund Me.

Arrangements to transport Meghan's body back to Queensland and funeral plans have not been confirmed at this stage.

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Contact Siobhan at skenna@networkten.com.au