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NSW IAN HOLLIS: Missing from Minto, NSW - 16 May 1986 - Age 16

Discussion in 'Australia: Missing & Unidentified' started by Scorpio, Aug 8, 2018.

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    Circumstances of Disappearance
    Hollis was last seen on 16 May, 1986, in Minto in Sydney's southwestern suburbs. He never spoke to anyone about possible travel or relocation plans.

    Hollis was bashed and robbed by two men near a toilet block about two weeks before he went missing. Afterwards, Hollis became paranoid about his safety and stayed with his aunt and then his sister before returning home.

    Police have information Ian might have lived around the Northern Rivers area in Lismore, Tyalgum, Kyogle and Tenterfield. It’s possible he might have also spent some time at a youth hostel known as ‘Tooloom’ in the Tenterfield area. Police have also been informed that just prior to him being reported missing Ian Hollis may have been living with a man aged in his 30s or 40s who owned a light plane. They may have traveled to Melbourne about this time.

    Hollis was close to his mother and sister and it was highly unlikely, in the event that he ran away from home, he would not get in touch for so many years.
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    One boy, a secret lover and a mystery

    THE day before he vanished, 16-year-old Ian Craig Hollis allegedly gave an ultimatum to his secret lover, an inquest into his disappearance has been told.

    The teen's mother, Shirley Spaccavento, claims she overheard him on the phone telling 22-year-old Karlene Shaw she had to choose between him and the father of one of her two children.

    The next day, on May 20, 1986, Mr Hollis disappeared and has not been seen or heard from since, Glebe Coroner's Court has heard. Ms Shaw, who lived around the corner from Mr Hollis's home in Minto, has denied the affair took place and claims he was just a friend who came around to play with her children.

    She told police she last saw him the day before he vanished, when he left her house with some "local boys who were dags" in a brown car. Ms Shaw was with her young friend when he was bashed and robbed by two men near a toilet block about two weeks before he went missing.

    Afterwards, Mr Hollis became paranoid about his safety and stayed with his aunt and then his sister before returning home. The inquest heard Mr Hollis had confided in at least two friends that he was gay and that he had told a youth worker he once prostituted himself to a man in Cabramatta in exchange for drugs.

    The court also heard police failed to act on Mrs Spaccavento's missing person's report until three weeks after her son vanished. Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon said there was no explanation for the delay and it had hampered subsequent investigations.

    Mr MacMahon said Mr Hollis was close to his mother and sister and that it was highly unlikely, in the event that he ran away from home, he would not get in touch for so many years. He found that Mr Hollis was deceased, however he made an open finding on the nature and cause of his death. Outside court, Mr Hollis's family said they continued to hope and pray that he was still alive and had chosen to run away.
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    Missing Persons Week: Sister Debbie Dufour searches for answers about what happened to Ian Craig Hollis, who disappeared 31 years ago

    BIG sister Debbie Dufour has woken up every morning for the past 31 years and hoped that today her family would finally get the answers about what happened to her brother.

    Ian Craig Hollis, then 16, of Minto, was last seen getting into a mystery brown car outside his girlfriend’s Minto home on the afternoon of May 19, 1986, and he has not been seen since. In the decades since that day, his devoted family, including mum Shirley, now 71, have anxiously searched far and wide, questioned Ian’s friends and footy mates and even turned to psychics and Facebook in their quest for answers.

    “It was unusual for Ian to disappear like that because he’d always say to mum, I’ll be back in a couple of hours or I’ll be back soon,’’ Mrs Dufour said.

    Mrs Dufour said Ian’s disappearance had affected all generations of her family. “I want answers for my children and grandchildren as well. It’s affected everyone and we’ve all gone through hell,’’ she said.

    Now 52, Mrs Dufour, of St Andrews, was heavily pregnant with her third child when Ian vanished.

    “Two weeks before Ian disappeared, he was bashed in a toilet block at the community hall at Minto and he became very concerned after that. He went to stay with an aunt in Blackett,’’ she said.

    In 2013, the NSW Deputy State Coroner Paul MacMahon ruled Ian had died of unknown circumstances on or about May 19, 1986. “As to the place of death and the cause and manner the evidence available does not enable me to make a finding,’’ the coroner’s report said. Mrs Dufour said she was speaking out during Missing Person’s Week because the worst thing was not knowing what had happened to Ian, who would now be 49.

    “It’s horrible not knowing. Somebody out there knows something and we want to find out and have a proper burial place for Ian, somewhere we can go and put flowers,’’ she said. Mrs Dufour affectionately remembers Ian as a cheeky brother who loved playing footy for the Minto Cobras and who loved animals and collecting lizards from the nearby canal.

    “He’d go down to the canal and catch lizards and bring them home. He’d have the lizards running around the loungeroom and mum would yell, Get them out.’’ Ian would have turned 17 two weeks after he disappeared.

    He had finished school at Sarah Redfern High and was looking for work. Mrs Dufour said Ian had no money on him when he disappeared and the unemployment benefits he had been receiving were not touched.

    Ian was living with his mum and stepfather in Minto when he disappeared. “Mum lived in the same house for 40 years and she had the same phone number and she didn’t want to change anything (in case Ian tried to find her),’’ she said.

    Her mum moved to Leumeah two years ago but her desire to find out what happened to Ian remains. Anyone with information is urged to phone Macquarie Fields police on 9605 0499.

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