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Murder of Gayle Woodford,56yrs - Fregon,SA - March,2016 - **ARREST**

Discussion in 'Australia: Crimes & Trials' started by MarlyWings, Mar 24, 2016.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    SA Police News

    5 hrs ·

    Police are conducting a land and aerial search in the APY lands in the vicinity of Fregon and Marla in the State's Far North for a missing health worker Gayle Woodford.

    Ms Gayle Woodford is 56-years old and normally resides at Fregon, APY Lands.

    Ms Woodford was last seen at about 9.40pm, Wednesday 23 March in the Fregon area.

    Serious concerns are held for her safety. CIB detectives are investigating her disappearance, while SAPOL STAR group officers are flying to the area to assist in the search.


    Anyone with information on her whereabouts or disappearance is asked to contact the police assistance line on 131 444 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 you can also report on line at http://sa.crimestoppers.com.au


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  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Missing nurse declared major crime

    Search under way for health worker Gayle Woodford missing in APY Lands

    an hour ago

    POLICE hold serious concerns for a nurse who was abducted from her remote home in South Australia’s Far North, with her disappearance declared a major crime.

    A huge search is underway for Gayle Woodford, 56, around Fregon and Marla, in the restricted Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands.

    The search is being coordinated by the STAR Group and involves the Police Airwing, crime scene officers, detectives from Major Crime and Far North CIB, local police and community volunteers from Marla and across the APY lands.

    Police believe she was taken from her home in an ambulance used by the health service where she worked

    They have arrested a man who allegedly stole the vehicle

    Supt Bray said police believed Ms Woodford was abducted from outside her home early on Thursday.

    “We’ve got grave fears for the safety of Gayle, very grave fears, and, at this stage, we are hoping for the best and we are doing everything we possibly can in case she is out there somewhere injured,” he said.

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  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

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  4. GarAndMo49

    GarAndMo49 Not A Sheeple

    Horrible! I'm very frightened for Gayle; it's so wrong that a health care worker who's devoted her life to healing was abducted in an ambulance...I'm heartsick. Praying, somehow, she'll be ok.
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  5. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    SA Police News

    9 hrs ·

    Update: 7pm Evening everyone please see the latest update on the disappearance of Gayle Woodford which has been a declared a Major Crime.
    We would really like to thank all the SES volunteers who have given up their Easter to help with the search in the hot conditions.

    An extensive air and ground search for missing health worker Gayle Woodford in the State's Far North has continued throughout today focusing on areas of interest identified on GPS data from the local ambulance....

    Gayle Woodford, 56, who normally resides at Fregon and drives the ambulance, was last seen about 9.40pm, Wednesday 23 March. Serious concerns are held for her welfare with her disappearance declared a major crime.

    The ambulance which is fitted with GPS and shows investigators the vehicle left Fregon shortly after midnight and travelled to Mimili.

    In the early hours of Thursday morning, the ambulance travelled via Indulkana to Marla, arriving around daybreak.

    The ambulance then arrived in Coober Pedy at 10.30am Thursday and was intercepted by police. The ambulance is being forensically examined.

    Two men and a woman in the vehicle were interviewed by police, with one man arrested.A 36-year-old Fregon man was arrested and charged with theft of a motor vehicle and drive while unlicensed.

    He has been remanded in custody and will appear in the local court on Tuesday.No charges were laid against the other two people.

    Police wish to speak with anyone who saw the ambulance from midnight on Wednesday 23 March and 10.30am on Thursday morning travelling between Fregon and Coober Pedy.

    The focus of the search will now move back to the community of Fregon and areas close to the community.

    This will include an aerial search along with police on the ground assisted by local SES volunteers.The emphasis of the search remains on doing everything possible to safely locate Ms Woodford.

    Police investigators wish to thank the valuable contribution of the SES volunteers that have assisted the search today in hot conditions and foregoing time with their families over Easter.

    Anyone with information on her whereabouts or disappearance is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at https://sa.crimestoppers.com.au

  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

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  7. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    That's it @GarAndMo49 I hate that as well - when people do the best things and then they cross paths with people who do the worst things.
    I'm waiting to see if there are any midday updates, hoping for an Easter miracle for Gayle.

    The bloke who stole the ambo comes off as extremely stupid though (did he think a government medical vehicle would not be trackable?)
    I think we will know soon, SAPOL wont give up on her.
  8. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    SA Police find body of abducted nurse in APY Lands in South Australia

    March 26, 2016 5:14pm

    POLICE have found the body of a remote nurse abducted from her home in the Far North of South Australia in a stolen bush ambulance.

    The grim discovery follows a huge search for Gayle Woodford, 56, who went missing from Fregon, in the APY Lands, just after midnight on Thursday.

    Ms Woodford’s body was found on Saturday about 1.5km east of Fregon.

    Forensic experts will fly to the APY Lands on Sunday to examine the crime scene, which is under police guard.

    Detectives used GPS tracking data from the stolen ambulance to track its movements as they searched for Ms Woodford, who was reported missing on Friday morning.

    Their search began at Marla before focussing on Fregon, where she was last seen on Thursday night before being abducted and driven away in the ambulance, usually driven by Ms Woodford.

    “Around 2 o’clock people searching on foot along GPS lines located what they believed to be a shallow grave,” he said.

    “Some further investigation located another crime scene about 500m away, I can’t disclose what happened at those scenes but certainly there are two distinct areas that we are looking at.”

    The first crime scene was about 70m from the roadside, while Ms Woodford’s body was found in a shallow grave 500m further into the scrub.

  9. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Supt Bray said GPS coordinates taken from the stolen ambulance were vital to the discovery.

    “Just look around the countryside, without that data ... it’s unlikely that she would have been found searching from the air,” Supt Bray said.

    He said the local community had pulled together to help in the search, including local residents who used dirt bikes to search tracks off the main road into Fregon.

    “Everybody liked her and everybody was hoping she would be found safe somewhere, unfortunately that wasn’t to be.

    “The efforts of everybody in the community has been commendable, people have given up their Easters and left their own families to come out and try and find Gayle.

    Supt Bray said the 36-year-old Fregon man in custody for stealing the ambulance was the only suspect.

    “We are fortunate because he has been arrested for stealing the ambulance and he has been remanded in custody, so there is no risk to the public.,” he said.

    “That gives our investigation the opportunity to get a lot of work done, so when we go back to talk to him we are armed with all the information we need.

  10. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Just tragic!!

    I wish the lunatics of this world would just do themselves in and leave the innocents alone.

    Rest in peace Gayle.....

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  11. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    My sentiments exactly.
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  12. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Family of Gayle Woodford, outback nurse found dead near Fregon, speaks out

    March 27, 2016 7:24pm

    GAYLE Woodford gave her heart and soul helping those most in need, only to have her life robbed by what police have described as an act of “evil”.

    The popular nurse’s son and daughter fought back tears on Sunday as they spoke publicly for the first time of their anguish at their mother’s murder.

    “We are having difficulty coming to terms with this ... premature end to mum’s life, anyone who knows mum would appreciate the kind, generous, loving, devoted and beautiful person she was,” son Gary Woodford said.

    “She has always devoted her life to not only her family and friends but has given so much back to the community.

    “She wanted to make a difference to people’s lives through her nursing and caring for others.”

    Mr Woodford said his family wanted to “express our devastation at the loss of a beautiful, loving wife and mother”.

    Supt Bray said police would not rest until they had a complete case to take to court.

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  13. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Man charged with murdering 'popular' outback SA nurse

    27 Mar 2016, 2:44pm

    A 36-year-old man has been charged with the murder of outback nurse Gayle Woodford in South Australia's Far North.

    Mrs Woodford's body was found in a shallow grave about 1.5 kilometres east of her home town of Fregon on Saturday after a three-day search.

    The man, from Mimili, had earlier been charged with the theft of the ambulance Mrs Woodford used for work.

    He was one of three people found inside the vehicle when police intercepted it 400 kilometres away in Coober Pedy the morning after Mrs Woodford disappeared

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    MissyMoo Bronze Member

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    MissyMoo Bronze Member

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  17. MULDER

    MULDER Bronze Member

    NEWS: ‘Gayle’s Law’ introduced to SA Parliament

    9 JUN 2017 — This is a huge step forward — the SA Government just announced they’ll introduce legislation for ‘Gayle’s Law’ to protect remote area
    nurses from violent attacks and stop them from working alone.

    It makes SA the first state to respond to our campaign and act on nurse safety. This is a bitter sweet moment for all us nurses, as well as our dear Gayle’s family.
    Yesterday, the man who viciously raped, assaulted and murdered our colleague Gayle Woodford, was finally sentenced to life in prison.

    Gayle’s husband Keith, stepped outside of the court to pledge his support to our campaign to ensure no rural nurse attends a call-out on their own.
    These were his words:

    "I will do whatever is necessary to apply public pressure on governments, health authorities to implement Gayle's Law.
    We must act to adequately protect nurses and medical staff in remote areas to ensure the crime that took Gayle away from us will never be allowed to happen again.”

    video at link
    NEWS: 'Gayle's Law' will be introduced in SA to prevent more tragic assaults and murders on remote nurses — watch the news:


    Now for the rest of the States to fall in line!
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