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WA GERARD ROSS: 11-year-old schoolboy kidnapped and murdered - 1997

Discussion in 'Australia: Cold Cases' started by MarlyWings, May 23, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Bruce Morcombe calls for inquest into unsolved 1997 murder of WA schoolboy Gerard Ross

    May 22, 2016 12:00am

    THE father of Daniel Morcombe has formally appealed to the State Coroner for an inquest into the 1997 unsolved murder of WA schoolboy Gerard Ross, saying it might lead to a breakthrough.

    In a letter the WA Coroner Ros Fogliani will receive this week, Bruce Morcombe urges her to conduct a probe into Gerard’s death and the adequacy of the police investigation.

    Gerard’s case is strikingly similar to Daniel’s murder – both boys were snatched off the street in broad daylight and both cases sparked intensive yet fruitless police investigations for many years.

    Gerard, 11, vanished while walking along the Rockingham foreshore in October 1997. His body was found dumped in a pine plantation 15 days later.

    Mr Morcombe, who became a child safety campaigner after his 13-year-old son’s 2003 murder, said he felt compelled to stand up for Gerard.

    Daniel’s killer Brett Peter Cowan was only brought to justice in 2014, thanks partly to a sophisticated undercover sting by WA Police that nabbed a confession.

    “I respect the WA Police and our family acknowledges their amazing efforts in the covert operation that led to the arrest of Brett Cowan for (Daniel’s) abduction and murder,” Mr Morcombe states in his letter, which has been obtained by The Sunday Times.

    “I have no doubt that the WA Police have worked tirelessly to solve Gerard’s case but given that almost two decades has passed without progress, I believe it is now the time for a coroner to review the matter and make recommendations about the police investigation.

    “An inquest proved crucial in providing a breakthrough and the eventual recovery of Daniel’s remains and I believe an inquest could prove similarly invaluable in revealing the truth in Gerard’s case.”

    Mr Morcombe told The Sunday Times yesterday his interest was sparked in 2009 when he learnt a person of interest in his son’s murder was also investigated in Gerard’s case.

    He last spoke to the Ross family, who moved back to their native Scotland after Gerard’s murder, a couple of years ago and said they kept faith in the police.

    “People’s memories fade, their health fades, forensic testing has changed, people move overseas – to wait nearly 20 years is just not right for Gerard,” he said.

    “We owe that young boy some justice.

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  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

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  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    “We owe that young boy some justice."

    Absolutely!! After all he's been through, with the horrific murder of Daniel, what an amazing champion Bruce Morcombe is to launch an appeal for an inquest into the murder of Gerard with State Coroner!!!

    Here's hoping that appeal is successful!!

    I'll get to adding some historical reports as soon as time allows.
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  4. SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

    SheWhoMustNotBeNamed Administrator Staff Member

    New reward for Gerard Ross murder information, 21 years after schoolboy's disappearance
    October 2018

    Schoolboy Gerard Ross was abducted while on holiday in Rockingham on October 14, 1997. The 11-year-old's body was found dumped in a pine plantation two weeks later.

    A murder investigation at the time, and a cold-case review launched in 2014, have yet to see anyone charged despite police saying in 2017 several "persons of interest" had been identified.

    But today — on the 21st anniversary of his disappearance — the WA Government has announced an overhaul of its rewards system that it is hoping could lead to a breakthrough.

    Police Minister Michelle Roberts said $250,000 was now being offered to anyone with information that leads to a conviction in the case.



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