Grieving husband of woman found in Tom Price bushland says she died “doing something she loved”

Drew and Felicity Shadbolt.
Drew and Felicity Shadbolt.

THE grieving husband of a woman found dead in bushland in Tom Price after a four-day search said his wife “lived for her girls”.

Drew Shadbolt said his daughter’s, seven-year-old twins Macie and Harper, described their mum as “their best friend” and “rock”.

“She fought a difficult pregnancy and the twins were born premature,” he said.

“She was advised to abort one twin to save the other but 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.”

Mr Shadbolt said Felicity, who was affectionately known as Flik, died “doing something she loved.”

“She has been fit and active since she was a teenager,” he said.

“She has competed in Spartan events, and exercise is a way of life for her.

“When her girls were born she would put them in their pram and run with them.”

Mrs Shadbolt had recently been promoted at her job at WorkPac.

Mr Shadbolt thanked the Tom Price community for their support, the SES volunteers, Mrs Shabolt’s employer, his employer Rio Tinto, the WA Police, Shire of Ashburton, DFES, local paramedics and everyone else who assisted in the search.

“The generosity, the volunteers, they are blown away,” he said.

“No one gave up searching for Flik, the searchers remained positive every day in their hope for finding Flik.”

Mrs Shadbolt’s family have flown to Tom Price from around Australia.

“Flik will be remembered to them for her beautiful smile,” Mr Shadbolt said.

“Her immaculate appearance, her love of make-up, her desire to stay young and never grow old, and the smell of her favourite perfume.”

Homicide Squad detectives and Forensic Officers were sent to Tom Price from Perth yesterday to find out Mrs Shadbolt’s cause of death.