A black magic curse, ‘secret’ second vessel and a Freemason ‘worshipful master’: Case of missing mother and son takes a bizarre twist
- Felicity Loveday, 83, and Adrian Meneveau, 56, haven’t been seen since last year
- The pair believed Ms Loveday was woken with black magic after meditation
- It was thought the dementia sufferer would be purged of evil spirits by salt water
- The empty boat was found submerged near a boat ramp three days after they left
An elderly woman and her son were lost at sea after embarking on a boat trip to purge themselves of black magic as part of a mysterious meditation ritual, after secretly buying a second vessel.
Felicity Loveday, 83, and her son Adrian Meneveau, 56, set off in a small boat from Olivers Hill Boat Ramp in Frankston, south Melbourne, at 7am on Wednesday December 11 last year.
They were reported missing when they hadn’t returned by the Saturday – a day before the empty boat was found submerged by a fisherman near Ricketts Point about 24km north of where they set off.
The pair told their family they were going on a three-day boat trip to rid Ms Loveday – a former ‘worshipful master’ at the notoriously secretive fraternal society Co-Freemasonry – from evil spirits.
Felicity Loveday, 83, and her son Adrian Meneveau, 56, set off in a small boat from Olivers Hill Boat Ramp in Frankston, south Melbourne, at 7am on Wednesday December 11 last year
Investigators are questioning whether Ms Loveday was already dead in a picture taken of the pair at the boat ramp before the doomed trip (pictured)
A worshipful master is the most powerful elected official in the Masonic lodge at the Co-Freemasonry – an offshoot of Freemasonry with religious roots that admits both men and women.
‘Adrian and Felicity were practicing meditation for some time and believed Felicity had woken black magic and Adrian felt responsible for it,’ Senior Constable Chris Obst told the Herald Sun.
‘The boat trip was a means of reversing it – they needed to be on the salt water to get rid of the black magic.’
Little is known about the meditation ritual they practiced, or about what happened during their mysterious voyage, but Mr Obst previously revealed the boat had no sleeping quarters and offered no shelter.
Felicity is pictured centre with other member of the Southport Co-Freemasonry lodge
Mr Meneveau bought a second vessel (pictured) from an online seller between Melbourne and Adelaide weeks before the voyage
Ms Loveday’s daughter Christina grew up surrounded by her mother’s spiritual beliefs, but did not practice.
She was the last known person to see her mother and brother alive at the boat ramp and felt comforted by the fact that Mr Meneveau said he would keep in touch.
On Friday December 13, he messaged her and said they were having a ‘good time’.
She reported them missing the following day.
New information has revealed Mr Meneveau applied for a boat licence and bought a second vessel from an online seller between Melbourne and Adelaide weeks before the voyage.
He mysteriously drove to Adelaide alone after collecting the boat – which is now missing.
Police believe tracking it down could solve the mystery of their disappearance.
The empty boat was found submerged 24km from where the pair set off. It had no sleeping quarters or shelter (pictured)
Emergency crews retrieved the boat in December last year. Police do not believe the mother and son are alive
Investigators are also questioning whether Ms Loveday, who suffered from severe dementia, was already dead in a picture taken of the pair at the boat ramp before the doomed trip.
Mr Meneveau had been Ms Loveday’s full-time carer for seven years, but sources told police he was ‘gentle and caring’ with his mother and would take her on day trips.
Police have found no evidence to suggest the pair are alive, but said they are not ruling anything out.
‘There are many aspects to this investigation that appear suspicious and strange,’ Mr Obst said.
Police are urging anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.