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SA ANNA ROSA LIVA: Missing from Coober Pedy, SA - 28 Nov 1991 - Age 30

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by Scorpio, Oct 26, 2018.

  1. Scorpio

    Scorpio Bronze Member



    REWARD $200,000
    Anna Rosa Liva, aged 30 years, was an Italian national who was in Australia travelling. She was last seen alive walking north along Hutchinson Street, Coober Pedy, around midday on Thursday 28 November 1991. She had just visited the Coober Pedy Council Office.

    Ms Liva was an experienced traveller, and was backpacking around Australia. Her disappearance was out of character. Ms Liva has not been seen since this time.

    Police suspect she has been murdered.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on
    1 800 333 000, on-line or email an investigator.

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    Police believe 30-year-old Italian tourist Anna Rosa Liva met with foul play in South Australia’s outback opal mining town Coober Pedy on 28 November 1991.

    The experienced traveller, who arrived in town on a bus the night before, was last seen near the council offices at the corner of Hutchinson and St Nicholas streets near the centre of the bustling township. From there she simply vanished and has never been seen again.

    Detective Sergeant Paul Ward, from the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch, said police believe her disappearance was as a result of foul play for a number of reasons

    “We know she had plans for the days ahead – she was booked on a tour of the town that afternoon, she’d made plans to attend a Jehovah’s Witness meeting that night and she had made inquiries about attending a similar meeting in Ingle Farm, Adelaide,” he said.

    “The dangers of open mine shafts in the area had been made clear to her and there is no indication that she was in any personal strife or difficulties.”

    Newspaper reports from the time show that police also searched the area extensively, with the help of both Aboriginal trackers and police dogs, without success and her younger brother Constantino travelled out from Italy to help in the search.

    “Also in more recent years police – with the assistance of local mining experts – have searched 12 or 13 mine shafts within 500m of where she disappeared as part of a separate inquiry,” Detective Sergeant Ward added.

    “We’re confident she hasn’t just fallen into a nearby mine shaft. “Unfortunately, we believe she may have got into someone’s car willingly, given that we have no reports of any disturbance in that area.”

    Dtv Sgt Ward has conducted a case review of the investigation as part of the Major Crime-led cold case campaign, Operation Persist.

    “We’ve had very few calls on this over the years which suggests very few people know what happened to her,” he said. “But someone knows what happened to Anna and any information in relation to her disappearance would be helpful to us.”

    Media coverage of cold cases is just one avenue being explored by police through Operation Persist. Others recent strategies include reviewing forensic evidence linked with unresolved cases, and the distribution of playing cards highlight outstanding cases – and the rewards offered in connection with those – to prison inmates.

    In relation of Miss Liva’s disappearance, a reward of $200,000 is on offer for information that leads to the recovery her remains and/or the apprehension and/or conviction of the person, or people, responsible for the suspected murder.
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    Coober Pedy: Cold case disappearances in outback mining town could be linked

    The cold case disappearances of a teenage girl and a woman from the outback mining town of Coober Pedy in the early 1990s could be linked, police have revealed. For decades, detectives have treated the suspected murders of Karen Williams, 16, and Anna Rosa Liva, 30, as unrelated cases but they're no longer so sure.

    "We cannot rule out that they're connected," Detective Sergeant Paul Ward said. "The location where Anna Rosa Liva disappeared from is certainly interesting."

    9NEWS can reveal Ms Rosa Liva, an Italian backpacker, was last seen a very short distance from where one of the suspects in the Williams murder lived at the time.
    The significance of that fact is yet to be determined, but police are looking to explore all connections.

    "We keep an open mind on these things. It's important to consider any possible links," Det. Sgt Ward said.


    Karen Williams disappeared around 5am on August 4, 1990, after a night out on Coober Pedy's main street. Police say she'd been celebrating with friends and family at a restaurant, when a man offered to drive her and some friends home.

    "We don't believe she ever made it," Det. Sgt Ward said. Police believe Karen was murdered, and dumped down a mine shaft. They arrested Nikola Novakovic in 2013 but after a trial, he was found not guilty. The search for Karen's body, and the person responsible for her death, continues.


    Anna Rosa Liva vanished just 15 months after Karen Williams on November 28, 1991. Just before lunch time that day, the 30-year-old visited the Coober Pedy Visitor Centre, where she picked up two tourist maps, organized to attend the Jehovah's Witness church in the evening, and go on a mine tour early in the afternoon.

    Ms Rosa Liva never made either of those two appointments. Detectives are desperate for information about all of Coober Pedy's unsolved murders.

    Anyone who can help is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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    Scorpio Bronze Member



    Coober Pedy, South Australia

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