The woman at the centre of a poison meal tragedy that left three people dead and a fourth fighting for his life has gone missing as her lawyers camped outside her home trying to provide legal advice.
Erin Patterson, 48, did not return to her Leongatha home on Thursday after telling the media just before 10am local time that she was visiting her lawyers.
But lawyers of Ms Erin Patterson were then spotted standing outside her home on Thursday afternoon — waiting to hand her a letter amid the Victorian police investigation into the deadly lunch.
Her lawyers were then seen leaving the property once it got dark when she had still not returned home.
The Daily Mail claimed one lawyer told them that visiting her home was the only way she could be contacted after her phone was confiscated by the homicide squad.
Ex-husband Simon Patterson shares two children together with Erin Patterson did not go to the fateful lunch on July 29.
His 70-year-old parents Gail and Don Patterson died following the meal. Mr Patterson’s auntie, Heather Wilkinson, 66, also died while her husband – and pastor at the local church – Ian Wilkinson, 68, fights for his life and reportedly needs a liver transplant.
There have been reports that Erin Patterson initially told police that she bought the mushrooms from a local shop near her Leongatha home in country Victoria.
Ms Patterson was crying as she briefly spoke with reporters outside her home earlier this week.
“I didn’t do anything, I love them,” she said.
It has also been reported that Simon Patterson, who almost died from a mystery gut illness in 2022, “suspected” his ex-wife Erin had tried to poison him through an “ingested toxin”.
The Herald Sun reported that a source close to the family claimed that Simon believed he had ingested the poison through nightshade plants — a family of herbs, shrubs and trees that include tomatoes, eggplants, potatoes and peppers.
Eating nightshade plants containing poisonous alkaloids can be fatal.
The West Australian and PerthNow are not suggesting that Erin tried to poison Simon.