DIY Detectives to the rescue: Melbourne cafe boss saves woman

Sweet Lovers Cafe owner Mark Montagnani noticed regular customer Iris Thomson (87) had not come in for her lunch one day. With another local trader, beautician Laura Acciarito. SOURCE: Moorabbin Leader.

Online Investigations would like to extend their congratulations to two Melbourne DIY Detectives after noticing elderly customer Iris Thomson (87) had not shown up for her regular appointments that Friday.

Mark Montagnani, owner of Sweet Lovers Cafe and beautician Laura Acciarito became concerned after Thomson did not show for lunch, something she had been doing for the past nine years.  After ringing around and confirming no-one had seen her, the pair went to her house to make further inquiries.  Finding her spare key, they eventually found Thomson lying on the floor inside – a result of tripping over her electric blanket cord and breaking both hips.

Three weeks of rehabilitation later, Thomson is now home and back at Sweet Lovers Cafe for lunch every Friday.

Aside from trusting in your gut instinct, there are some more important lessons which can be learnt from this.  If you are aware of elderly friends and family living alone, take the time to call on them regularly.  Some older people don’t want to be a bother and wish to remain independent without being a burden, however there are a number of ways to check on them without being so obvious such as ringing them, organising regular day trips and offering to do some of the household chores.

Maybe you have even lost touch with someone due to time or distance?  As private investigators in Melbourne, Online Investigations have put together a number of FREE resources which can be found over at the  If you are trying to locate someone in Australia, this is a great place to begin.  Failing that – you need the expert private investigators at Online Investigations.

Online Investigations Pty Ltd are a private investigation company based in Melbourne, Australia. Experienced private investigators and detectives in Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia and Worldwide. Servicing Canberra, Sydney, Darwin, Brisbane, Adelaide, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and International. 

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