Friends and family of a mother whose body was found in a submerged car in Bunbury port are dealing with their second tragedy in less than three years.
Michelle Annette Welhan, known to friends as Shelley, died after her black Ford Fairmont crashed into the water and sunk about 4.50am on Saturday.
Her family are still dealing with the loss of her elder brother Gary, who was killed in an unprovoked one-punch attack as he walked his dog in Bunbury in November 2014.
Ms Welhan’s family were too distraught to speak publicly yesterday, but the 48-year-old’s mother Jennifer Martyn posted on Facebook that her two children would now be together.
“My beautiful daughter when they made you they broke the mould…always caring for others not yourself,” she wrote.
“My aunty Marg said you were the prettiest baby she had ever seen. You are with Gary who you loved so much. Please know I loved you so much for ever and ever. I will look after your children.”
David Jowsey posted on Facebook: “I really don’t know what to say. How can one family and extended family have so much cruel luck?”
Police believe Ms Welhan had been at home on Friday evening and it is unclear when she went out or why.
Her body was found by police divers unrestrained inside the sunken car, but it is not known if she was wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash or had taken it off in an attempt to escape.
A man seen in the water and leaving the area on foot after the crash is believed to have also been in the car at the time.
Police confirmed on Monday evening that a 44-year-old man from Withers had been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death and failure to report involvement in an incident occasioning death.
Anyone who saw the car in the hours before the crash can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.