Cult fear over lost Melody

The family of missing British backpacker Melody O’Gara are convinced she has started a new life in a cult.

Melody’s father Hugh and brother Kevin revealed their belief as they arrived yesterday in Sydney, where the 28-year-old vanished more than two weeks ago.

They dismissed police theories that she committed suicide by leaping off a cliff.

And they said Melody may have decided to follow the teachings of German Eckhart Tolle, who believes people can find fulfilment by dumping their past.

A Tolle book was found among Melody’s belongings and she was said to be at a low ebb after a year’s working holiday in Australia.

Tearful Mr O’Gara, of Bolton, Lancs, said: “Melody had been promoting it to friends and it’s possible she decided to discover her spiritual side.”

He added there were cults that could help Melody disappear — and begged anyone sheltering her to contact cops.

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