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SA Police offer $1 million rewards for 13 child murder cases
Police will offer $1 million rewards in a bid to solve 13 of the state’s highest profile cold case child murders.
The rewards will be paid for information leading to an arrest or conviction, or recovery of a body, in the murders
of 18 children dating back to 1966.
It is the first time police have agreed to pay rewards for information which leads to the discovery of victims’ bodies.
Police assistant commissioner Paul Dickson said recent cold case murder arrests proved that cases were never closed until they were solved.
“Over time, relationships and loyalties between people break down and we know that in some cases in these matters there is
a small group of people with vital information that can be provided to the police to assist with those matters being solved,” he said.
“When you are talking about people who may be involved in a criminal group or with people who have
committed the most serious crimes, often they need a bit of inducement to (come forward)
and that’s why the reward of $1 million is a fair inducement.”
The 13 unsolved murder cases are:
THE BEAUMONT CHILDREN - Jane, 9, Arnna, 7, and Grant, 4, disappeared from Glenelg on January 26, 1966.
PATRICIA SCHMIDT - the 16-year-old’s body was found off a dirt track at Hallett Cove on December 18, 1971.
JOANNE RATCLIFFE AND KIRSTE GORDON - Joanne, 11, and Kirste, 4, disappeared from Adelaide Oval on August 25, 1973.
MARILYN QUALMANN - the 14-year-old disappeared from her Moorook home on September 21, 1975.
ALAN BARNES - the 17-year-old’s body was found under the South Para Bridge near Williamstown on June 24, 1979.
PETER STOGNEFF - the 14-year-old’s remains were found at a Two Wells property on June 23, 1982, almost 10
months after he disappeared.
MICHAELA GODAU - the 15-year-old disappeared from her Elizabeth Field (now Davoren Park) home overnight on December 19, 1982.
RICHARD KELVIN - the 15-year-old’s body was found near an airstrip at Kersbrook on July 24, 1983, 19 days after he was abducted
from a North Adelaide laneway. Bevan Spencer von Einem was convicted of his murder, but police believe others were involved.
THE PEARCE FAMILY - the bodies of Meredith Pearce and her three children, Adam, 11, Travis, 9, and Kerry 2, were found in
burnt-out remains of their Parafield Gardens home on January 6, 1991. Police have been searching for the children’s father Stuart Pearce since.
JUAN MORGAN - the 15-year-old disappeared in 1992 and, although he was not reported missing at the time, police
in 1999 identified him as a potential murder victim.
RHIANNA BARREAU - the 12-year-old was last seen at her Morphett Vale home on October 7, 1992.
HEATHER TURNER - the 16-year-old’s body was found partly submerged in a Port Gawler creek on
January 31, 1998, about two weeks after he was last seen.
MELISSA BROWN (aka TRUSSELL) - the 15-year-old was last seen leaving a Blair Athol
address with her mother Rosemary Brown on May 13, 2000. Rosemary Brown’s body was found at Garden Island on July 2, 2000.
Suzie Ratcliffe, whose sister Joanne Ratcliffe disappeared from Adelaide Oval in August 1973, said the rewards were a major incentive.
“If this helps the vital to bringing our girls home or other children then that is all that matters,” she said.
“Living day by day not knowing where our children are is incomprehensible. It is a pain no one should have to endure.
“My family have missed out on seeing my sister grow up, go to school ... getting married and having children of her own.
“Not having a body to bury and actually grieve for her properly ... this reward could mean the answers my family and
so many other families have been waiting for for so long.
“Please find it within your heart to ring Crime Stoppers and put an end to our pain.”
Premier Jay Weatherill said the rewards were designed to attract people with any information to come forward and reveal what they knew.
“Even the smallest piece of information can lead to a chain of inquiry, which can lead to an arrest of the perpetrator or indeed
crucial information that might allow us to understand the final resting place of these children,” he said.
Mr Weatherill pleaded for anyone with information to help “allow us to bring closure” to the families of missing children.
“They deserve justice and they have been deprived of that all of these years,’’ he said.
“If we can do anything that can allow us to bring closure for them or to allow them to at least
understand the final resting place for their children after all these years, that would be an enormous relief for these families.
“I think it would not only be an important relief for the family, but an important sense of relief for the whole South
Australian community if these people could be brought to justice or if we could know just a little more about the final
resting places of these victims.’’
Mr Weatherill said as a father, he could not understand what the parents of the five missing children had endured since they were taken.
“It would have the cruellest and most painful thing imaginable to have your child taken and never quite know
what has happened to them,’’ he said.
“Never really being able to fully grieve for them because you really just don’t know, and as unlikely
as it seems, whether they are still alive. There must be an awful dilemma about just letting go of the idea of them still being alive.’’
The new move also has been welcomed by Kirste’s parents, Greg and Christine, who said they had never given up hope there would one day
be a breakthrough in the case.
“You can’t give up hope. They have got to be somewhere, whether they are
alive or whether they are not, they are somewhere,’’ Mrs Gordon said.
“You can’t give up hope that someday there is going to be an answer.’’
Mr Gordon, 72, said he hoped increasing the reward and extending it to
recovering the remains of the missing children “does have the desired effect’’ while Mrs Gordon,
69, said she wanted to know where Kirste now was.
“I think any parent in the situation we are in, or any parent that doesn’t know
where their loved ones are want that answer,’’ she said.
Mr Gordon said they had dealt with the loss of Kirste by not regarding themselves as victims.
“Right at the very start of things we made our personal decision that we were going to be survivors and not victims,’’ he said.
“We have always adopted that attitude, that we will live our life as survivors. That’s what we have done and we
have got on with things and made sure our family is well supported.’’
Mr Gordon said the family also believed “the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.’’
He said he “frequently’’ thought about Kirste and it was always “just underneath the surface.’’
“For me, it’s often just listening to music at some time. Music is all about emotion and that
can trigger things quite quickly and easily,’’ he said.
Major Crime detectives will be available to take Crime Stoppers calls on these matters today
and tomorrow from 11am to 10pm.
Anyone with any information on the two cases is urged to contact Crimestoppers on 1800333000 or at www.sa.crimestoppers.com.au.
Child Killer's Link To Beaumont Probe
Sadistic child killer
Derek Percy will be quizzed at an
inquest that could unlock the secrets of Australia's most
baffling child murders - including the fate of the
In a dramatic move, the sex killer will be subpoenaed to give
evidence at the inquest into the 1968 murder of Sydney toddler Simon Brook.
It is hoped that details to emerge during the hearing may shed
light on other unsolved cases.
Breaking his silence after more than 30 years, the boy's father,
Donald Brook, said he hoped justice would be done.
"It is in the public interest that the facts should be
established ... even after such a long time," Professor Brook said in a statement.
"This is partly because it encourages trust in the
police and in the judicial process.
"It is also partly because, assuming that the facts
can be reliably established, it may become possible
to make sure that no other child will ever suffer the same fate, at the same hands."
Professor Brook will testify at the Sydney hearing
It follows a push from the Victoria Police cold case
unit to re-examine the suspected crimes of Derek Percy.
Simon Brook's is one of several unsolved child murders
or disappearances over which Percy was recently questioned.
The three year old's body was found in bushes near the
family's Sydney home on May 19, 1968.
In 1969 a coroner ruled the boy died from suffocation
caused by an unknown person. Now, another coroner will
decide whether, on the balance of probability, Percy was that person.
Percy is one of Victoria's longest-serving prisoners
after his conviction for the murder of 12-year-old
Yvonne Tuohy at Western Port Beach in 1969.
He was found not guilty on the grounds of insanity,
but jailed indefinitely.
Victoria Police has been working with detectives in
three jurisdictions to investigate Percy over the
other unsolved cases.
They are: Linda Stillwell, who vanished from the St
Kilda foreshore in 1968; Alan Redston, six, found
strangled in Canberra in 1966; the three Beaumont
children, who vanished from an Adelaide beach in 1966;
and Marianne Schmidt and Christine Sharrock, both 15,
murdered at a Sydney beach in 1965.
Police believe Percy was in each of the cities when
the children were killed.
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After Nearly Four Decades, The Beaumonts Remain A Mystery
Their case has captivated Australia
for almost 40 years.
The disappearance of the three
Beaumont children on Australia Day
1966 is one of the country's
greatest mysteries, fuelled by endless speculation and bizarre
Only the Azaria Chamberlain case
comes close to its place in Australian history.
The disappearance of Jane, 9,
Arnna, 7, and Grant Beaumont, 4,
from an Adelaide beach on that hot
summer's day changed the way children were raised. No longer was it
considered safe for children to play
Despite thousands of calls to
police and reported sightings from
around Australia, the fate of the children remains unsolved.
A tall, thin, fair-haired man was
spotted talking to the children but a
massive search failed to reveal their
In the past four decades there has
been an abundance of new leads,
rumours and theories.
While most believe the children
were probably murdered, there have
been suggestions they were
abducted by a cult.
Others believe the children were
buried under an Adelaide warehouse. In 1996 the floor of the
warehouse, which had been identified by a Dutch clairvoyant, was
excavated but no evidence was
In 1997 police opened a new line
of inquiry after a former detective
who worked on the case claimed he
had found Jane Beaumont, the eldest of the three children.
The detective said a mystery Canberra woman had admitted she was
the missing girl but the claims were
dismissed after police found her
birth date did not match.
In May last year New Zealand
police located a man who thought
he had lived next door to the Beaumont children in Dunedin.
He had recognised the children
from a photograph he saw in a
newspaper but nothing was ever
Last week two documentary
makers claimed pedophile prisoner
James O'Neill had confessed to killing the Beaumont children.
The Age (3-2-2005)
Man Questioned Over Beaumont Mystery
Detectives will question notorious child killer Derek Ernest
over the disappearance of the Beaumont children in Adelaide
almost 40 years ago.
The disappearance of
Jane- 9yrs, Arnna- 7yrs,
and Grant- 4yrs, near
Glenelg Beach, Adelaide, on Australia Day 1966, remains one of
the nation's most baffling mysteries.
In an unlisted hearing in Melbourne Magistrates Court today,
homicide detectives from Victoria's cold case unit and police
from three other states were granted permission to quiz Percy
over the crime.
Percy, in his late 50s, is Victoria's longest-serving prisoner.
He has spent 35 years in Ararat prison for the rape, torture and
murder of 12-year-old Yvonne Elizabeth Tuohy.
He abducted her from a spot near the beach in the Warneet area
of South Gippsland on July 20, 1969.
"This application has been sought following investigations by a
multi-jurisdictional taskforce set up in early 2004," Inspector
Craig Walsh said.
"The task force includes detectives from Victoria, New South Wales,
ACT and South Australia who are reviewing a number of unsolved murders
and suspicious disappearances of children between 1965 and 1968."
Media reports last week suggested Tasmanian Police Commissioner Richard
McCreadie believed convicted child killer James O'Neill could have been
responsible for the Beaumont abduction.
But Mr McCreadie and South Australia police rejected the reports, saying
O'Neill had been investigated and there was no evidence to link the
prisoner to the case.
New Zealand police
are ready to search
Dunedin for people a
witness claims helped
raise three children kidnapped in Adelaide
almost 40 years ago.
Senior Sergeant Fiona
Prestige of New Plymouth said the witness
was specific about the
names of the people who
raised the children and
where they had worked,
but was sketchy about
where they lived and for
how much of the 1960s
they lived there.
The Beaumont children - Jane, 9, Arnna, 7,
and Grant, 4 - disappeared during an outing
to an Adelaide beach on
January 18, 1966.
The lead in Dunedin has now been discounted.
SA Police are working to
establish possible links between the murders of two
Townsville schoolgirls and
the abduction of five Adelaide children.
They are co-operating with
Queensland colleagues and
the Canberra Bureau of Crime
intelligence, and have established a special file with their
Crime Stoppers office to assess
calls from the public.
Major Crime Task Force
chief, Supt Paul Schramm,
confirmed yesterday a joint inquiry was under way into any
possible connections between
the 1966 abductions of Jane,
Anna and Grant Beaumont,
the 1973 disappearance of
Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste
Gordon and the arrest of
Arthur Brown, 86.
Brown was arrested in
Townsville two weeks ago
for the alleged murder of
MacKay sisters Judith, 7,
and Susan, 5, in 1970.
The arrest followed
statements to police by
He has denied the
It was a picture of
police sketches of the man
seen in the Beaumont and
Gordon-Ratcliffe cases that
prompted media attention and
revived SA police interest in
Supt Schramm told interstate media: "We are taking it
seriously and we are seeing if
there is any connection. We
have analysts working very
closely together to try and
piece together the past 30
Since the Queensland arrest,
police have opened a new file
in its Crime Stoppers office
and reports a "significant"
number of contacts from the
public volunteering information.
Mr Schramm said the number of calls to Crime Stoppers
indicated an on-going interest
in the two SA abduction cases.
"We are quite happy for the
public to volunteer useful information and will look closely
at what comes in."
Browns trial for the murders of the Mackay sisters did not reach a verdict
and a 2nd trial abandoned as Brown had become unfit to stand trial. Brown died in 2002.
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