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Murdered Gold Coast woman Tina Greer’s daughter Lili fights for answers a decade after her death

A mother and her daughter wait in line at dreamworld

Lili Greer has fire in her belly.

Finding out what happened to her mum Tina is ever-present in her thoughts.

“I literally can’t think of anything else … It’s all-consuming really,” she said.

Tina Louise Greer, 32, went missing from her Beechmont home in the Gold Coast hinterland on January 18, 2012.

A woman and a little girl with a teddy sit together
Tina and Lili shared hundreds of letters.(Supplied: Lili Greer)

She had gone to visit her Finks bikie boyfriend Leslie “Grumpy” Sharman at Spicers Gap and was never seen again.

He has been named by police and a Queensland coroner as the prime suspect in the young mum’s murder but the 60-year-old died in a car crash in the Gold Coast hinterland in 2018 and was never charged.

A renewed police investigation that led to a Queensland property being dug up in 2020 has so far resulted in no fresh leads.

A Queensland coroner earlier this year ruled there would not be an inquest into Tina’s death, saying it was not “in the public interest”.

Her body has never been found.

After being left without her mum at age 13, more than 10 years on, Lili has refused to give up. She has started a petition to hold an inquest, which has now been signed by thousands of people.

Missing woman Tina Greer smiles as she gives a 'peace' sign with her hand in a park.
Tina Greer went missing 10 years ago after leaving her Gold Coast hinterland home.(Supplied: Queensland Police Service)

The 23-year-old has also applied to have the coroner’s decision reviewed, which a Coroners Court of Queensland spokesman told the ABC in a statement the State Coroner was “currently considering”.

Violent relationship before death

Lili got her grit from Tina – just like she got her eyes and smile.

“It has been said to me before: ‘Why are you even, you even pushing this? Like, he [Sharman] was literally a professional criminal’.

Tina and Mr Sharman’s relationship was plagued by domestic violence.

A woman and her daughter stand side by side.
Tina had found a place for her and Lili to live shortly before she was murdered.(Supplied)

“My mum was quite an open person and we had a weird relationship because I was kind of a support person,” Lili explained.

“She’d often come to me when she was hurt and that type of thing.” 

The pair made a clean break just before Tina went missing.

“What’s so sad about it all is we made it so far — we had our own place, we got away from him,” Lili said.

A bad feeling from the start

Lili was with a friend the day her mum went out and never came home. 

A woman stands with a new baby
Tina with Lili shortly after she was born.(Supplied)

She said she tried not to think too much about that summer day in 2012, but the unbidden memories often returned.

“She went to his [Sharman’s] house and did the washing. Our car was vandalised, so she was supposed to sand it,” Lili remembers.

Tina would usually phone even if she was running five minutes late.

“After, two hours it was like: ‘What is going on?’,” Lili said.

“I kind of like blocked a lot of it out but from the get-go I felt: ‘This is bad’.”

A lethal relationship

It was not until May this year, authorities formally confirmed what Lili always knew – her mother was dead.

The 23-year-old has always believed Tina was murdered by Mr Sharman.

Queensland Coroner Christine Roney said Tina died somewhere near Clumber, where her car was later found.

She accepted the police theory that Mr Sharman killed the 32-year-old and concealed her body.

A redhaired woman holds a baby
Tina was a hairdresser before her death.(Supplied: Lili Greer)

Ms Roney’s findings noted there were “20 lethality risk factors present in their relationship”.

These included previously assaulting Tina with a weapon, holding her hostage, controlling her activities and isolating her.

“I find it is more likely than not that Leslie Sharman was involved in or caused Tina’s death, and that he concealed any evidence of involvement and her deceased body,” she said.

The court documents show a man known as “Mr X” disposed of items and a mattress on Mr Sharman’s request days after Tina went missing.

“The tricky thing is they’re all bikies so it’s that code of silence and it’s difficult to get answers from these types of people.

“But I feel like there’s got to be more people that know something and they’re just not coming forward.”

Daughter accuses coroner’s office of ‘victim blaming’

Lili has described some communication from the Queensland Coroner’s Court as “victim blaming” her mother.

Findings and a letter to Lili noted that with support or more information about domestic and family violence, a different outcome for Tina “would not have been achieved”.

“Although she had left Mr Sharman and set up a home for the two of you, Tina continued to feel the need to associate or have contact with Mr Sharman,” a letter from Ms Roney reads.

A 2003 maroon Holden Commodore sedan with Queensland registration 067-MDE.
Tina’s car, which was located at the end of a dirt road near Governor’s Chair Lookout, Spicers Gap Road, Clumber on January 21, 2012.(Supplied: Queensland Police Service)

“Tina sometimes told different people different stories about their relationship. This may have been the case even in relation to what she told you about whether she wanted to see him again.

“… Whatever the reason, her continued contact put her at risk, even when she managed to move on from him.”

Lili said the comments made her more strongly believe an inquest should be held, saying they failed to understand how victims may try to appease a former partner to protect themselves or their family.

“It’s quite laughable it was sent to me … The coronial team, they just are overlooking key elements of what is at play in these types of relationships.” 

Hundreds of letters shared

Lili and Tina were inseparable.

In old photographs they grip each other tightly, as if they both knew their time together would be short.

A pile of letters
Letters Lili has kept from her mum Tina.(Supplied)

They shared hundreds of letters and and when they lived apart for three years, Tina snuck Lili a phone so they could talk every day.

Excerpts of the letters show Tina, once a hairdresser, loved her only daughter fiercely.

“It’s quite amazing to look back as an adult and just think I never knew someone could love someone that much.”

‘Incredibly lonely’ decade

The years since Tina’s death have moved slowly for Lili.

“It’s definitely an incredibly lonely position to be put in,” she said.

A profile picture headshot of a young woman with long hair
Lili now works multiple jobs, including for a service that helps domestic violence victims.(ABC News: Supplied)

“No-one should just be forgotten about. I just need to make sure her case is taken seriously for my own mental health, I guess.”

Domestic violence ‘still stigmatised’

The inquest is important not only for Lili, who now works to help victims of domestic violence herself, but for women everywhere.

“We have a lot to learn about domestic violence and it’s still stigmatised heavily, particularly in Queensland,” Lili said.

“It’s very difficult, just conceptualising that she is dead because we don’t know where she is, we don’t have a body and at this point in time, nobody cares.

Lili Greer, 21, with a Queensland police detective alongside, speaks at a media conference in Brisbane.
Lili Greer at age 21 at a media conference when a $250,000 reward was announced for information that could help solve the case.(ABC News: Talissa Siganto)

“In a weird way, it would be like the second-best day of my life, finding out what happened to her.

“Because if we don’t take it seriously, it’s almost like she died for nothing.”

Reward on offer, investigation open

A Queensland Police Service spokesman said the investigation into the suspected homicide of Tina Greer remains open.

A $250,000 reward remains on offer for any information that could help police identify solve the case.

The Queensland Coroners Court did not comment on the allegations the letter contained statements that could be considered as “victim blaming”.

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