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NSW LOIS ROBERTS: Murdered in New South Wales - 1998

Discussion in 'Australia: Cold Cases' started by Kimster, Nov 29, 2016.

  1. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Lois Martha Roberts (c. 1960 – c. July 1998) was an Australian murder victim, whose death in 1998 remains unsolved.

    Roberts was the daughter of Pastor Frank Roberts, a minister with the Church of Christ and an Aboriginal activist, and Muriel Roberts.[1] She was the twin sister of the arts administrator and broadcaster Rhoda Roberts, and the sister of Philip and Mark. Brought up and educated in the Lismore region in northern New South Wales, Roberts trained as a hairdresser until, at age 20, she was seriously injured in a car accident sustaining permanent brain damage. She was rehabilitated sufficiently to care for herself and went to live on her own near Lismore. Subsequently she had two children who were raised by her mother and twin sister.

    Roberts was last seen outside Nimbin Police Station on 31 July 1998. It would appear that she was abducted whilst hitch-hiking between Nimbin and Lismore and then tortured and abused before being killed. Her badly mutilated body was found about six months after her disappearance in January 1999. A bushwalker found the remains in Whian Whian State Forest, near Dunoon, deep in thick bush some way off a fire trail.[2]

    The perpetrator or perpetrators of the crime have never been identified. An inquest was held in June 2002. The senior stipendiary magistrate of the Lismore Court Circuit, Jeff Linden, sitting as a coroner returned an open finding after a two-week hearing.

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  2. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    It always feels sadder to me when they leave a twin behind :(
    I thought Milat when i first read this, but Lismore is about 10 hours away from Belanglo State Forest and the timing is out by a couple of years.
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  3. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Something about her smile captivated me.

    Have you heard of this case before, @MissyMoo?
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    MissyMoo Bronze Member

  5. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

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  6. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    Morning @Kimster yes her smile was lovely.
    I remember because she was a twin (dunno why that always sticks with me - Im not a twinnie) it just seems to add another layer of sadness.
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