Exclusive: Sara Zelenak's Mum Shares Her Heartbreaking Plea
It’s a parent’s worst nightmare.
Their adult child is overseas, living life to the fullest – and then a phone call comes through.
There’s been a terror attack, their daughter was at the scene and has not been seen since.
That is the tragic reality of Julie Wallace who is desperately seeking information about her 21-year-old daughter, Sara Zelenak, who has been missing since the London terror attacks.
Sara’s Au Pair family who she boarded with called Julie on Sunday night to break to news; Julie’s daughter never came home after a night out.
What’s more worrying, she was last seen running from the scene on the London Bridge with friends – but they lost each other in the panic of the crowd.
"The last time I spoke to her was our time friday afternoon at 4:42 and she said, 'Oh mum! It's only 28 days until you and I and dad can have baguettes and cheese and croissants in Paris. I'm so excited to go to Paris!' because she hasn't been," Julie told Bianca, Terry and Bob on 97.3FM's breakfast show this morning.
"She's a very smart, sensible girl, she is healthy, fit, trim, taut, terrific - she doesn't do anything wrong in any way.
"She's very sensible, far more sensible than I was at her age."
Julie's first reaction was to jump on a plane to London but after speaking to the police and Australian consulate in London, she was told to wait 24 hours before boarding.
No doubt the past two days have been the longest in Julie and her family's life.
"The police in London just said give it 24 hours because... the Australian [consulate] are closed over the weekend, so they don't do anything, so London actually didn't start working on finding Sara until 7am Monday morning," she explained.
"So they didn't have that information and they told me to wait 24 hours.
"Regardless, if I have information or not, I have to go over and do something, I have to go over there.
"My husband and my boys are insanely distraught we are a very close family but I have to stay strong for them, because that's what I have to do."
Julie recounted the moment that she found out her daughter was missing in the wake of the London terror attacks.
"Absolute terror - we were counting down the days to see her, I haven't seen her for three months, she went in March on this wonderful trip away, life experience," she said.
"Saying that, I was encouraging her to do it because life experience at 21 is so good.
"But horror, absolute horror."
Wallace is holding out hope that her daughter is okay, but there's an eerie element to Sara being caught up in these attacks.
"The [terrorist attack] where policemen were stabbed three months ago, she was there the day before in the exact same spot," Julie said.
"The one with Ariana Grande's [concert], she was going to go to the concert.
"Everything she has just missed."
After hearing Julie's story, all of us at 97.3FM wanted to help.
So we reached out to the worried mother as to how we could help.
And her response left us speechless.
"It's just the flights for my husband, they don't want me to go by myself to a strange country, no support, no phone, I don't know anyone searching for my daughter and I don't know where she is," she said.
"I don't know if her heart's beating.
"I haven't slept for two days, so [I feel] I won't be much good [in the search]."
Heartbroken by the current state of events, the least 97.3FM can do is supply Julie with the money to help her husband, Mark, who is Sara's step father, fly to London with her, so she is not forced to search for her daughter on a foreign continent alone.
"That would be the best thing anyone could do," Julie said upon receiving the news.