Missing Persons - Daniel Sheppard
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He loved heavy metal, was into Pearl
Jam and silverchair, was a fan of Port
Adelaide Football Club and an enthusiastic fisherman.
Daniel Sheppard, 19, also loved partying and had celebrated hard until
3.30am on New Year's Day, 1995.
A non-driver, Daniel, his twin
Michael, and other mates had used
public transport to do the pub and
club rounds, starting at Lennies Tavern, Glenelg.
They visited the Liberty Night Club
in Hindley St at 2.45am and their last
stop was the nearby Jules Bar. Daniel
walked from Hindley St to Adelaide
Railway Station and boarded the
4.13am train to Port Adelaide.
His destination was his home at Lord
Hobart Way, West Lakes, where he
lived with his mother.
Detectives later determined he was
on the train with 30 other commuters,
including three females he knew from
The atmosphere was boisterous but
On the train Daniel told two of the
girls: "I'm partied out ... I'm going
home to crash."
The girls left the train at Alberton and
he waved to them.
At 4.35am Daniel left the train and was
seen on the southern pedestrian ramp
walking towards Baynes Place.
The walk home should have taken 10
So how reliable was the sighting of a
person answering to Daniel's description hitch-hiking 2km from the railway
station on Grand Junction Rd?
Twin brother Michael is certain Daniel
was going home.
"I knew he was going home and
nowhere else after he left the station," Michael said. Hard-working and reliable
was how Duncan Ollier described his
young employee at a Wingfield powder-
"It's like he's been plucked out of the
sky and disappeared," Mr Ollier said.
"He was loyal, reliable and trustworthy."
Daniel's workmates said he was "a
good laugh, a funny bloke to be with'.
There was no hint of depression or
Two weeks later, with no leads. Major
Crime used his non-identical twin to
"walk through" Daniel's last hours.
Wearing a blond wig and identical
clothing, Michael re-created the trip
from Platform 5 at Adelaide Station to
where Daniel left the train and walked
towards Baynes Place.
Models of Daniel were put up around
West Lakes and Port Adelaide shopping precincts.
Divers searched the Port River and in
April, 1995, police raided !he city
homes of known sex offenders after information Daniel had been seen with
"It seems he walked into oblivion,"retired detective Alan Arthur, who spear-
headed the Investigation, said.
Police now believe it likely Daniel was
snatched and murdered.
Sunday Mail (28-12-2003)
Anna Merola/ Peter Haran
The disappearance of Daniel Sheppard -
Coroners Inquest (SA - 2005)
'How Could Anybody Have That On Their Mind?'
On New Year's Eve, as revellers
party their way through to 2005, the
family of Daniel Sheppard will be
remembering the day 10 years ago
the teenager disappeared.
The 19-year-old boarded a city
train early on January 1, 1995, after
celebrating with friends - but he
never made it home.
His mother Pat has all but given
up hope of her son being found.
"It's been nearly 10 years - it
seems like it's hopeless," she said.
"Too much time has passed."
However, with the case remaining
an open file as part of the SA Police
Missing Persons Investigation
Branch, there still is a possibility
someone knows about the circumstances surrounding Daniel's mysterious disappearance.
Mrs Sheppard acknowledges the
chances are slim, even with the
$100,000 on offer as a reward.
"How could anybody have that on
their mind and not say anything,"
"If they had any sort of conscience, they would come forward.
They don't even have to give their
The reward was posted in April,
1997, more than two years after
Daniel was reported missing.
However, Mrs Sheppard said it
took a long time for the money to
"I wrote a letter to the premier at
the time- it was (Dean) Brown I
think- and (current Police Minister
and Deputy Premier) Kevin Foley
helped me, as I was one of his
constituents - and I still am," she
said. "It's a very substantial
Mrs Sheppard says lack of closure
has been hardest for her and her
family - including Daniel's twin
brother - to deal with.
"He's gotten on with his life, but
there's not a day that goes by when
we don't think about Daniel and
what might have been," Mrs
What police and Mrs Sheppard do
know about Daniel's disappearance
is that he caught a train from the
city on January 1, 1995, getting off
at Port Adelaide Railway station
just after 4.30am.
He had been seen earljer that
morning with friends at nightclubs
in Hindley St and earlier in the
evening of New Year's Eve at
He was seen walking along the
platform and the last confirmed
sighting was outside the Rosewater
Bowling Club on Grand Junction
Rd at 5am, Police believed he may
have been hitchhiking at the time,
heading east, down Grand Junction.
Rd. There was another unconfirmed sighting of him on Grand
Junction Rd, Rosewater, between
6.30am and 7am.
The West Lakes home where he
lived with his mother was only a
10-minute walk from the Port Adelaide station.
Just over a week later, Daniel's
disappearance was declared a
Sunday Mail (24-10-2004)
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