Launceston, Tasmania – A man accused of the murder of a teenager whose body was found in Tasmanian bushland has pleaded not guilty. Christopher Mark Jordan, 37, appeared via video link from prison in Launceston Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning. He was charged with the murder of 14-year-old Shyanne-Lee Tatnell, whose remains were discovered off a track near Nabowla in the state’s northeast about 12 weeks after she went missing.
The alleged murder took place on April 30 in the town of Scottsdale, which is home to a few thousand people. Shyanne-Lee was last seen on the night of April 30 near the North Esk River in the city of Launceston, about one hour’s drive from Scottsdale. Her disappearance sparked large-scale searches, including an operation involving 180 people – the biggest search ever conducted in northern Tasmania.
Jordan entered a plea of not guilty and is set to appear in court on March 12. In addition to the murder charge, he faces charges of failing to comply with ammunition storage requirements, and possessing a controlled plant and prohibited import. The case has garnered significant attention and has deeply impacted the local community.
The discovery of Shyanne-Lee’s body has brought some closure to her family and friends, but the legal proceedings will undoubtedly bring further challenges and emotions. The tragic loss of a young life has reverberated throughout Tasmania, prompting a collective sense of mourning and a renewed focus on the safety of young people in the area. The legal process will unfold as the community continues to grapple with the aftermath of this devastating event.
As the case moves forward, the memory of Shyanne-Lee and the quest for justice will remain at the forefront of the public’s consciousness. The details of the investigation and the upcoming trial will be closely followed by those seeking closure and accountability for the tragic loss of a 14-year-old girl.