The mother of missing girl Leonie Hutchinson told a friend
the world was ending and aliens were going to take her and
her daughter away, an inquest has heard.
Kate Hutchinson had previously spoken of a "wolfman" who
appeared to her and was going to lead her to aliens,
according to friend Jessie Ryan.
Leonie has not been seen since December 2001, when she would
have been two years-old, but authorities did not realise she
was missing from her NSW Hunter Valley home until January
Her mother has since refused to say what happened to her
Ms Ryan, who lived with Ms Hutchinson in 1998, said that her
friend - who used cannabis at the time - would visit what she
described as a "special place" at Gorokan.
"She told me the wolfman used to come to her from the sky,
out to her on the rock where she was at Gorokan," Ms Ryan
told an inquest at Parramatta Coroners Court.
"She also said the wolfman would one day come and take her to
When Ms Hutchinson told her she was pregnant with Leonie, she
also told her she had "stage four cervical cancer" and she
wanted her child to be adopted, possibly by Ms Ryan's mother,
if she did not get better.
Ms Ryan went to Scone after Leonie's birth and Ms Hutchinson
told her "the world was going to end in the year 2000 and
aliens were going to come and take her and Leonie away".
Adoption was not discussed, but on the topic of cancer Ms
Hutchinson said she was "in the clear".
When Ms Ryan went back to Scone the next year, she was told
by people who answered the door at Ms Hutchinson's unit that
she had moved a few doors away and given up her daughter for
At the new address she found blankets draped over the windows
and no one answered the door.
When Ms Ryan was alerted by police about Leonie's
disappearance, she found they were using a photograph of the
wrong girl in seeking information from the public.
Instead of Leonie, they were using a photograph of one of Ms
Ryan's daughters. Ms Ryan said she may have given the picture
to Ms Hutchinson at some point.
Another friend who used to live with Ms Hutchinson, Tammy
Bourke, told the coroner Leonie's mother would talk of
"aliens and lights" and became increasingly paranoid after
She believed neighbours were listening to the pair speak and
changed the lyrics of an Aerosmith song to sing "Katie's got
a gun", saying she was going to shoot the neighbours.
Ms Bourke told the inquest: "Half the time Kate spoke, she
didn't make sense anyway."
The inquest continues.