The family of a woman whose body was found in bushland four days after she went missing in a remote part of northern Western Australia says she enjoyed the outdoors and “died doing something she loved”.
Mother-of-two Felicity “Flik” Shadbolt, 36, was reported missing after failing to return home from a run at Mount Nameless on Sunday and her body was found on Wednesday about 500m from Tom Price Tourist Park.
Her husband Drew and their family said Ms Shadbolt had been fit since she was a teenager and had competed in Spartan events.
“When her girls were born, she would put them in their pram and run with them,” the family said in a statement on Friday.
“She has a love for life, love for the outdoors and she died doing something she loved. She ran until the very end.”
The family described Ms Shadbolt as “tenacious, stubborn and focused” and also a best friend to her seven-year-old twins Macie and Harper.
She had had a difficult pregnancy and was advised to abort one baby to save the other.
“That was not an option for Flik. She was determined she would walk out of hospital with two babies, not one, and her fight paid off,” the family said.
“She talked of living in a big house so her girls could stay with her forever so they could always be together.”
Family members – some of whom travelled to Tom Price from Victoria, Queensland and Tasmania – thanked everyone who helped search for Ms Shadbolt and the community for their support.
They said she would be remembered for her beautiful smile, immaculate appearance, desire to stay young and the smell of her favourite perfume.