Wife testifies at diamond dealer’s disappearance inquest

The wife of an Australian businessman, who vanished nine years ago while negotiating a million dollar diamond deal, testified Tuesday about why she didn’t report her husband’s disappearance to police as soon as it happened.

In what it sounds like the plot for a Hollywood blockbuster, Wayne Drewett’s wife told the inquest her husband vanished in April 2003 from a Scarborough hotel where he was staying to "carry out arrangements" for an alleged black market diamond transaction on which he had been working.

She added her husband’s investors dissuaded her from reporting Drewett’s disappearance to police because they told her she would put him in serious danger, reports ABC News.

Drewett, who spent 20 years working in the armed forces, may have become involved in an underground network that was attempting to raise a large amount of money to buy diamonds from non-conventional sources.

Romanian Nick Stuart, also known as Niculae Stoian, is the main suspect. He is wanted in Romania for allegedly being involved as the “facilitator” in a Bucharest diamond deal in 1996, when another man disappeared and his car was found abandoned weeks later.

According to ABC, when police searched Stuart's house in Australia, they found an arsenal of weapons and a book titled "Be Your Own Undertaker: How to dispose of a dead body."

The inquire continues.