Wife of missing woman will never be whole after body found in submerged car

A grieving wife has said she will "never be whole again" after a car with human remains inside was found underwater.

Rebecca Schulkins has paid tribute to her wife Amy after she disappeared in her pyjamas on New Years Eve.

Mum Rebecca who had five children with Amy, was told by police on Friday that a vehicle had been found off the coast of Bribie Island in Queensland, Australia.

Despite the body not being formally identified as Amy's, Rebecca reacted to the news in the belief it was her wife, MailOnline reports.

Ms Schulkins wrote: "My beautiful wife Amy, you are my soulmate. The happiest moments of my life are with you.

"A piece of my heart went with you. Our time was cut short, and although I'll never be whole again I'll do my best to live on for you, for us."

Police said in a statement: "A submerged vehicle, believed to be a four-wheel-drive belonging to missing woman Amy Schulkins, was located around 11am and pulled from the water."

In response to the news, Rebecca posted to a Facebook page set up to help find Amy.

She said: "Family and friends, I am writing this with a very heavy heart. Today, the 20th August police divers have recovered our car in a passage of water close to where you were last seen.

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"Police are yet to confirm, what we regretfully expect is our Amy also with the car. Just 10 days short of 8 long months of the unknown.

"I would like to thank all of my family and friends for your support and efforts to help find Amy.. please accept apologies if I can't reply to everyone. "

Her post has been engaged with by over 5,000 of the page's 31,000 followers with many sharing their condolences to Amy's loved ones.

The 36-year-old had not been seen since leaving her and Rebecca's Caboolture, Queensland home in her pyjamas last New Year's Eve at about 11pm.

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A massive public effort was documented by The Official Search Team for Amy Schulkins Facebook page which local residents updated where they had looked.

The hashtag "findamy" was seen on cars across northern Brisbane.

Rebecca Schulkins told Daily Mail Australia in April: "She was in a different kind of mood that night [that she disappeared]… all of that day actually. She was not herself.

"Her parents made a comment, when we visited them on that day, that she was out of sorts, but it wasn't anything that I was concerned with because Amy does have some mental health issues.

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"She suffers from type 2 bipolar so each day was different but it was a part of her and I loved every bit of her…"

Ms Schulkins said their kids Dakota, Mika, Matilda, Zoe, and Jensen, aged from six to 15, had been "asking a lot of questions".

She added: "It's something no family should have to go through."

Police continue to conduct forensic examinations on the vehicle.

For emotional support, you can call the Samaritans 24-hour helpline on 116 123, email [email protected], visit a Samaritans branch in person or go to the Samaritans website.

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