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ONLY months before she disappeared without a trace, Amber Haigh told her family the father of her child wanted to use her as a surrogate mother, an inquest heard yesterday.
The teenager hasn't been seen since she was reported missing by Robert Geeves and his wife Anne on June 19, 2002.
The intellectually disabled young woman had been living on-and-off with the couple at their home in Kingsvale, near Young in the state's southwest, and was involved in a sexual relationship with Mr Geeves which produced a son, born in late 2001.
Counsel assisting the coroner Peter Hamill SC said the inquest would examine suggestions the Geeves had wanted to use Amber as a surrogate, as well as statements made by her relatives that the couple had wanted to keep the baby for themselves.
"They may have wanted to have a child ... and may have wanted to use Amber in some form of surrogacy role," he said.
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The court was also told the 19-year-old Amber claimed Mr Geeves had sexually abused her and that his wife knew the behaviour was going on.
The Geeves told police they last saw the teenager when they dropped her at Campbelltown railway station to visit her sick father in Sydney.
The inquest heard Amber had suffered from epilepsy since childhood and also had a "slight intellectual disability" which placed her mental age at between 10 and 13.
Mr Hamill said the long-running police investigation had "focused" on Mr and Mrs Geeves. Amber's aunt Patricia Haigh told the inquest her niece had claimed Mr Geeves had abused her and that the couple wanted to take the baby off her.
"She said he raped her, videotaped her and tied her to the bed," Mrs Haigh said.
She also gave evidence that, before she disappeared, Amber made a will saying she wanted her aunt to care for her baby should anything happen to her.
The officer-in-charge of the investigation, Detective Sergeant David Cockran said police had "suspicions" about Amber's living arrangement with the couple.
A search of the Geeves home in August 2002 found a doona with traces of blood that "could have come from a descendant of (Amber's mother) Rosalind Wright." Sgt Cockran told the court.
Blood that also could be traced to descendants of Mrs Wright were found on patches of carpet sprayed with tracing chemicals during another examination of the home in 2005, but Sgt Cockran agreed there was no way of proving it belonged to Amber.
The inquest continues.
Mommy to Damon TS to Kyle 10/07 GS for E and R--WE ARE PREGNANT!!
Try 1--Sept 2010 negative Try 2--Jan 2011 negative
Try 3--May 2011-miscarried at 5 weeks
Transfer 4---PREGNANT!!! BFP @ 5.5dp3dt Beta at 11dp3dt was 164.6
Ultrasound showed TWO BABIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!