Felicity LOVEDAY and Adrian MENEVEAU
A 'cleansing ritual' and a chilling photo: Everything we know
about the mum and son who disappeared at sea.
On December 11, 2019, Felicity Loveday and Adrian Meneveau set off in a boat
from Frankston, Melbourne.
The mother and son were reportedly on a three-day journey to undertake a
"cleansing ritual," to rid themselves of the evil spirits they believed they had
But the Victorians were never seen again, and the circumstances surrounding
their disappearance have police stumped.
83-year-old Felicity used to be a "worshipful master," the most powerful elected
official for the Co-Freemasonry, a group which is linked to the secretive
fraternal Freemasons society.
With an estimated six million followers around the world, Freemasons is adamant
about the fact it is not a religion, or substitute for religion, it is a
"In a world often dictated by hate and segregation, membership of an
organisation capable of uniting men of all religions, colours and even accents
is more relevant than ever," their
Australian website reads.
It's hard to work out what exactly the society does, its origins come from
literal stonemasons responsible for constructing Europe’s castles and cathedrals
during the Middle Ages. These days, they claim "Freemasonry means different
things to each member".
Nonetheless, this mother and son were on a mission, determined to rid themselves
of the "black magic" they'd disturbed during meditation, reports the Herald
Sun. They believed they needed to be on salt water to destroy the
Days after they set off, their boat was found submerged near Ricketts Point,
about 20km from the boat ramp from which they left.
Their bodies have never been recovered, but as the investigation continues a
creepy theory has emerged.
A photo was taken by the pair's sister and daughter Christina the morning they
left, showing a pale-faced Felicity waiting for her son to get the boat ready.
According to the Herald,
Victoria Police Marine Investigators have considered the theory that she may in
fact have been dead when the photo was taken.
“There are many aspects to this investigation that appear suspicious and
strange,’’ Sen-Constable Chris Obst told the paper.
The 83-year-old had severe dementia and relied on her son for full time care.
His sister told police she'd expressed concerns for her elderly mother on the
journey, but her brother assured her that she would be okay and even texted her
on December 13 to tell her they were "having a good time".
But the story gets murkier still.
Police have noted that for a three day trip, the boat was "definitely not"
suitable for sleeping in, especially for an elderly woman. It had no sleeping
quarters or even shelter. The story gets stranger still with the revelation, as
told to the Herald,
that Adrian bought a second boat just weeks before their trip.
It was purchased online and Adrian drove it to Adelaide by himself (for reasons
that remain a mystery), but detectives have failed to locate it since.
Investigations continue and anyone with information is urged to call Crime
Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Melbourne mum Felicity Loveday and son missing in Port Phillip Bay: Inquest
hears of suspicious photo and internet search
A mother and son who disappeared on a boat trip in Port Phillip Bay in an
attempt rid the elderly woman of “bad magic” didn’t stand a chance.
The boat that 83-year-old Felicity Loveday and Adrian Meneveau, 56, left
Frankston on for a three-day trip on December 11, 2019 was recovered but the
pair have never been found.
Loveday believed in and practised Buddhist mysticism for the greater part of
her life, an inquest in the Victorian Coroners Court was told on Wednesday.
For the last seven years of his life Meneveau had also followed his mother’s
spiritual beliefs, while acting as her full-time carer.
Loveday had dementia as well as other medical conditions and had suffered a
stroke a year before her disappearance. Meneveau had a history of mental
The inquest has heard Meneveau believed his mother had incited bad magic by
practising her spiritual beliefs and it could only be dispelled with salt
Meneveau bought a boat, which he registered and insured in his sister’s
name. He gave his sister Christina his online passwords, banking credentials
and document appearing to be a will, leaving his estate to her.
Detective Chris Obst said in the days before the duo disappeared, searches
for “sea burial” had been made on Meneveau’s computer.
Christina Meneveau helped her mother onto the boat on December 11 and saw
them off, both wearing life jackets.
She reported them missing on December 14.
Obst said he was immediately suspicious about the circumstances.
“For me it was the significant delay in the report, it was Felicity being 83
years old and frail and believing that she was going to be OK on a vessel
for three days on Port Phillip Bay,” he said, describing the boat as a lake
fishing vessel at best.
“I can categorically say from December 11 to 15 when the vessel was located,
that vessel in those conditions would not have stood a chance.
He was also suspicious about a photo taken at the time of departure.
The boat was found switched off, in neutral and capsized on December 15.
Loveday and Meneveau’s life vests were both found.
The inquest heard Christina Meneveau made a claim on the insurance policy in
January last year and was paid out the insured value.
Obst said there were exhaustive proof of life checks for both Loveday and
Menevea - who had talked about living off the grid after his mother’s death
- but nothing has been found.
Police close creepy case into Loveday ‘evil spirits’ disappearance
The mystery of a black magic-practicing mother and son who vanished in a trip at
sea to rid themselves of ‘evil spirits’ may never be solved, police say.
A mother and son who disappeared after venturing out to sea to rid
themselves of “evil spirits” may never be found.
Felicity Loveday, 83 and her 56-year-old son Adrian Meneveau were last seen on
December 11, 2019 as they set off in a boat from Olivers Hill Boat Ramp in
Police have said they believed Mr Meneveau was planning to ‘cleanse’ Felicity –
the South African-born former ‘worshipful master’ of a sect known as the
Co-Freemasons – of evil spirits on the planned three-day boat trip.
But despite an extensive investigation, where police questioned the whereabouts
of a mystery second boat and even probed whether Felicity was already dead
before the pair set off, the case has now been completely closed.
Felicity and Adrian told family they were going on a trip that was expected to
last for just a couple of days.
Five days later their empty boat was found submerged by a fisherman at Ricketts
Point about 20km from the boat ramp where they had left.
Detectives from the Marine Investigation Unit now believe the pair is dead and
found no substantive evidence of foul play, Victoria Police confirmed to NCA
The Frankston mother and son were
into sorcery and
investigators were told Ms Loveday believed she had evoked a harmful presence
and that the only way to get rid of it was to venture out to sea. Ms Loveday was
born in South Africa and had practised spiritual rituals most of her life.
She was formerly a senior figure of the secretive Co-Freemasonry society, where
she held positions such as the “Worshipful Master”.
Ms Loveday was known on the Gold Coast for participating in local choir and yoga
groups, but suffered severe dementia and moved to Melbourne to be with her two
“Adrian and Felicity were practising meditation for some time and believed
Felicity had woken black magic and Adrian felt responsible for it,” Senior
Constable Chris Obst told the Herald Sun last June.
“The boat trip was a means of reversing it – they needed to be on the salt water
to get rid of the black magic.”
Australia’s Freemason society has publicly distanced itself from the black magic
beliefs held by “Sister Loveday”.
“The personal beliefs and practices are in no way associated with Freemasonry
nor are they associated with her role as a former presiding officer of one of
our Lodges,” said Australian Federation of Freemasons Grand Commander Richard
Early in the investigation police questioned whether Felicity was already dead
when the pair left after a creepy photo emerged of a pale Felicity sitting in
Ms Loveday‘s daughter Christina rubbished the speculation, telling the Daily
Mail her mother had been “very much alive.”
“For the sake of accuracy, I took the photo and Felicity was very much alive,”
Christina Loveday said.
“She has dementia, and had spent a lot of time indoors, so she generally looked
pale, and was mostly napping.”
Mr Meneveau also purchased a second boat weeks before he and his mother went
He bought the vessel from an online seller but police have not been able to
Ms Loveday’s daughter Christina was the
last person to see her brother and mother before the trip, and told police
she expressed concerns about the voyage.
Her 83-year-old mother had severe dementia and relied on Mr Meneveau for full
But when Christina expressed her concerns, her brother reportedly told her he
would keep in contact.
On December 13 he sent her a text message saying they were having a “good time”.
Christina reported them missing a day later and their boat was found submerged
the following day on December 15.
The case will now be handed over to the Coroner’s Court.