MysteriYES

A comedy mystery podcast in which two friends discuss a weekly mystery.

The Tromp Family

Family Road trip introduction

  • Last August an Australian family Tromp of farmers

    • Mother, father, three adult children

      • 29, 25, and 22

  • Owned a berry farm where they all worked 7 days a week

    • “Pick your own fruit”

  • Left home on a spontaneous road trip

    • Left without credit cards, cell phones, or passports

    • Left home unlocked and horses

    • Cash only trip

    • Meant to be off the grid

  • Family drove from Silvan (Outside Melbourne in Victoria southern Australia)

    • 8 hours north to Bathurst in New South Wales (3 hours outside Sydney)

  • Unlike the rest of the family, Mitchell Tromp brought his cell phone

    • Mitchell was told to throw his phone out the window 19 miles out the window

      • Convinced it was being used to track them

  • Mitchell left the family around 7 the next day

  • The family then left Bathurst and went toward the jenolan caves (which look lovely)

    • At the Jenolan Caves the two girls also escaped from their family

    • Stole a car and drove to Goulburn

      • Reported their parents to the police

      • Then Split up

    • The oldest girl (29) was seen again in the back of a man’s pickup truck

      • She was catatonic and did not know her name or where she was

    • The youngest girl (22) made it back home

      • Police were already there

      • The home was unlock and messy

      • Police discovered that the Tromp’s had been going through years worth of their own financial records before leaving town

        • Several piles of documents throughout the home

        • “The piles were very ordered and they were clearly looking for something”

    • The Boy (25) made it home shortly after on a train

  • Meanwhile, The two parents drove back toward their hometown before splitting up in a town called Wangaratta

    • The wife went back north while the husband stayed in the area

  • Around that time, a couple playing Pokemon go was tailgated by a car that was the same make and model and the Tromp’s

    • When they couple slowed down, the car did too

      • When they stopped, the man in the car got out, ran toward them, then stopped in the middle of the road and stared at them

        • Then walked into the woods and disappeared

    • Police searched the woods but didn’t find anyone

      • Car still had keys in the ignition

      • A nearby hotel had a room broken into as well

        • Police believe he may have stayed there for the night

  • Mrs. Tromp went back north via public transportation

    • Tried to book a hotel in Yass

    • Someone took her to a hospital

      • Hospital staff recognized her and called the police

  • Five days later, Mr. Tromp was found wandering down a road in Wangaratta

    • Questioned by police and given a mental health assessment before being let go

    • He flipped off the media who were waiting outside

  • The two younger children publicly thanked the police for finding their father

    • Said they still didn’t know what happened

  • In May of 2018, things seemed to be pretty back to normal

    • The farm has been dialed back a bit

Theories

  • Family didn’t have any history of mental illness

    • No drug use

    • No religion or cults

  • Poisoned

    • No real evidence to support theory

  • Maybe they owed someone money

    • Family planned originally to leave the country

    • Financial record had been gone through

    • Kids were allowed to leave

    • Everything seems normal again

  • Folie A Deux (Not the Fallout Boy album)

    • Psychiatric syndrome in which a delusional belief or hallucination is passed from individual to another

    • Most commonly diagnosed when the individuals live in close proximity

      • Often with social or physical isolation