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Coober Pedy search for Karen Williams continues in heat

With the temperature reaching 40c today, the search for the remains of murder victim Karen Williams continued at Coober Pedy in the State’s Far North with excavation of a new mine shaft.
Major Crime Detectives assisted by SES Mines Rescue officers and local volunteers commenced a search of an additional mine that was located yesterday.
Over time the opal field diggings have altered with new mines added and old ones filled in, however the Major Crime Investigation Branch and the local Coober Pedy volunteers remain committed to retrieving the teenagers remains.
The current search is expected to be finalised today pending anything of interest being located.

cooberpedyregionaltimes.wordpress.com (27-11-2013)

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Heavy equipment brought in for Karen Williams search

With temperatures expected to reach 40C this week, Major Crime Detectives and Coober Pedy Mine Rescue volunteers recommenced the search for the missing teenagers remains today using heavy duty equipment.
One initial mine shaft has been searched today and further work is needed to find several other inspection points in the area near Coober Pedy.
Supt Des Bray, officer in charge of the Major Crime Investigation Section has been overseeing the search and understands that even though the first shaft had no results he is confident that the search will continue in numerous shafts over the following days.
Supt Bray continues to praise the hard work of the team on this case and also the State Government for supporting them to bring closure for the family of Karen Williams and the community of Coober Pedy.

cooberpedyregionaltimes.wordpress.com (26-11-2013)

Search for Karen Williams to resume Tuesday 26 November

Police will resume their search for the remains of missing teenager Karen Williams in Coober Pedy tomorrow.
The 16-year-old was last seen sometime between 5am and 6am on Saturday 4 August, 1990 with her disappearance declared a major crime in October 1990.
Earlier this month police used ground penetrating radar to examine an area of land, and this week they are returning to the outback town to conduct a further search.
Police are concentrating their efforts on the same area of the town examined in July.
On 7 November police arrested a 42-year-old man in Mt Gambier and charged him with the murder of the teenager.
A $200,000 reward is still on offer to anyone who can lead police to the discovery of her remains.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.sa.crimestoppers.com.au

cooberpedyregionaltimes.wordpress.com (25-11-2013)

Man's arrest leads to new search for missing Coober Pedy teenager Karen Williams

The search for the remains of missing teenager Karen Michelle Williams will resume in Coober Pedy on Monday, after a 42-year-old man faced court charged with her murder.
Detectives are hoping to solve the 23-year-old mystery of the 16-year-old's disappearance from the outback town by running a ground penetrating radar over a transport yard next to the area searched during July and August.
The survey equipment is expected to pinpoint the location of any old shafts which have since been filled in, with Major Crime detectives saying digging is likely to commence the following week.
Two detectives from Adelaide travelled to the State's South-East to arrest 42-year-old Nikola Novakovich , from Kongorong, on Thursday.
Representing Novakovich, lawyer Herman Bersee said his client had been interviewed several times in relation to the matter of Karen's disappearance, and had maintained his innocence throughout, despite witness claims that he was the last person to see Miss Williams alive.
Police prosecutors alleged Novakovich offered to give Karen and her friends a lift in his vehicle on the morning on Saturday August 4, 1990 after they had attended a nearby hotel and restaurant.
Her friends were taken home first, leaving Karen alone in the car with Novakovich.
They told police they had expected him to drive Karen to her mother Eva's house 250m away, but the 16-year-old girl never arrived, and has not been seen since.
Police prosecutor Craig Otterspoor told the court "the allegation is of cold blooded murder where a 16-year-old has been raped and murdered and her body disposed down a mine shaft".
He said Novakovich had provided several conflicting versions of events during police interviews between 1990 and 2013, and that ultimately, he had denied being involved in Karen's disappearance.
Concerns were raised that Novakovich could interfere with the search beginning on Monday, and that he may intimidate witnesses if he were to be released on bail, but no bail application was made.
Novakovich will next face Port Augusta Magistrates Court on January 20, and will answer the murder charge in Port Augusta on February 17.

www.adelaidenow.com.au (8-11-2013)
Gretel Sneath

Karen Williams disappeared 22 years ago.
New lead in missing teen cold case

Police believe they are a step closer to solving the disappearance more than two decades ago of Coober Pedy teenager Karen Williams.
Major Crime detectives say they have identified a suspect and taken a sample of his DNA.
It is 22 years since teenager Karen Williams, 16, was last seen alive.
Her disappearance from the South Australian outback opal mining town in the early hours of August 4, 1990 has baffled detectives.
Now a review of the case has given them a new lead, says Detective Brevet Sergeant Paul Ward of SA Police.
"As a result of those enquiries early in August this year, Major Crime detectives interviewed a person who we are now treating as a suspect," he said.
"As you can imagine the family of Karen has gone through some pain over the past 22 years and it's our aim to bring the investigation to a satisfactory conclusion."
The suspect, aged in his 40s, was spoken to during the initial investigation.
He used to live in Coober Pedy and knew Ms Williams and her family.
The man has provided police with his DNA, but detectives still need more information to solve the case.
There remains a $200,000 reward on offer for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest.
Detectives say a red or orange Datsun 180B was seen in the area at the time of Ms Williams' disappearance.

www.abc.net.au (20-8-2012)

$200,000 reward for information on Karen Williams whereabouts

Major Crime Detectives have identified a suspect in the 1990 disappearance of Karen Michelle Williams from Coober Pedy
The suspect was identified following a review of the historic case. New information was unearthed and as a result the suspect was identified. He has been spoken to by Detectives and a sample of his DNA has been taken.
This month marks the 22nd anniversary of her disappearance. There is a $200,000 reward offered to anyone who provides information that leads to an arrest.
Major Crime Detective Brevet Sergeant Paul Ward is leading the review and said that inquiries have also taken place in Victoria and Western Australia.
Detectives can’t at this stage reveal what the new information is, as it may compromise the investigation.
“We believe that these new enquiries may identify more people who know something. I hope that after 22 years someone will have the moral courage to now come forward,” he said.
“We now have a renewed focus and direction to this investigation.”
Karen’s story
16-year-old Karen Michelle Williams disappeared from near Dawes Street and Medway Drive, Coober Pedy on Saturday, 4 August 1990 between 5am and 6am.
In October 1990 her disappearance was declared a Major Crime.
Major Crime detectives established that Karen had been at the Opal Inn, Coober Pedy on the evening of Friday, 3 August 1990 and into the early hours of Saturday, 4 August.
At about 3am, Karen left the Opal Inn with a number of friends and went to Sergio’s Restaurant on Hutchinson Street.
Sometime around 5am, Karen left the restaurant with three friends and they were all driven to the corner of Medway Drive and Lehman Place by a young local man.
Karen’s friends got out of the vehicle there and went to a nearby property, while the local man drove Karen a short distance further to Dawes Street, where she was allegedly dropped off. Karen has not been seen since.
During that time, more than 115 statements were taken, with police enquiries also conducted in the Northern Territory and New South Wales.
Police are particularly interested if anyone saw a red or orange Datsun 180B in the vicinity of Tomcat Road and Oodnadatta Road in the early hours of August 4.
If you know anything about this crime it’s not too late to come forward. Please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or report online at www.sa.crimestoppers.com.au if you can help

cooberpedyregionaltimes.wordpress.com (19-8-2012)

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