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Mark Tromp’s children say road trip that led to search ‘a family matter’

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Mitchell and Ella Tromp relieved to have father back after road trip that led to five-day search for him

Mark Tromps children are relieved to have him back but still cant explain the bizarre family road trip that led to a desperate five-day search for their father.

While elated Tromp has been found safe, Mitchell and Ella say theyre confused about how the family of five came to get in the car almost a week ago, leaving passports, credit cards and many of their mobile phones behind.

I didnt feel in danger, Mitchell told reporters outside the familys Silvan home on Sunday. But I had to go with the family because I wanted to see where they were going.

It was tough to see your family like that and Ive never seen anyone like it.

Ella said: I think our state of mind wasnt in the best place.

Tromp and his wife, Jacoba, drove off to New South Wales with their three adult children, Riana, Mitchell and Ella, on Monday.

Mitchell was the only one to bring a phone but that was voluntarily thrown out of the car window to placate tensions. By Tuesday, all three children abandoned the trip and authorities were called in to investigate.

Mitchell, who made his own way to Melbourne from Bathurst, said hed had enough and thought getting out was the best idea at the time.

Riana and Ella left their parents at Jenolan Caves and headed to Goulburn. There, the two daughters split up; Riana was found catatonic hiding in the back of a local mans ute and Ella drove herself back to Melbourne.

On Sunday, she said: I was still confused about the whole situation. But I needed to get home to feed my horses.

Jacoba Tromp was found on Thursday in Yass hospital and has since been transferred to Goulburn hospital where Riana is also being treated.

Mark Tromp was found safe about 6pm on Saturday in Wangaratta after being spotted by a passerby and is being cared for by relatives and friends.

Mitchell said his father was just how he always is when he spoke to him.

He mentioned possible things that might have led to the panicked trip, but wouldnt comment on whether a family dispute or mental health issues were the catalyst.

I can see everyones questions, Mitchell said. I can see why they want to know but its a family matter.

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Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2016/sep/04/mark-tromps-children-say-road-trip-that-led-to-search-a-family-matter

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