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SA PATRICIA SCHMIDT: Murdered in Hallet Cove, SA - 1971

Discussion in 'Australia: Cold Cases' started by Lily, Jun 1, 2015.

  1. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member


    Patricia Susan Schmidt
    was raped and murdered at Hallett Cove, South Australia on December 17th 1971.

    Patricia had just finished work at the Darlington Burder King (her 2nd night at the job) and was waiting for her father to collect her. He was just 10 minutes late and in that time Patricia was taken. Her battered body was found the next day lying in grass on the side of Adams Rd, Hallett Cove.

    - Patricia was wearing black lace up boots, hot pants, a red jumper and an orange coat the last time she was seen alive, by work colleagues at a Darlington fast food restaurant.
    - When she was found, she was only wearing the boots. The jumper and coat were draped over her body and her bra was hanging on a wire fence nearby.
    -Traces of weathered pink and white paint were found on her body.
    - There were also traces of different metals- predominantly nickel and nickel silver. At the time, police investigated the possibility she had been in an engravers or key cutters workshop.
    - A kangaroo skin purse Patricia carried was never found.

    The popular girl had left the restaurant and waited for her father.
    Reports said she stood as if she was waiting for someone and walked around for a few minutes before she started walking north along South Rd, rather than to the south towards her Seacliff Park home.

    The previous Tuesday night, after her first shift, Patricia had told a girlfriend she had been walking home when a man stopped and offered her a lift.
    She described the stranger as "old", about 30, not attractive, with pimples and a "flash car".
    As she sat in the car, he suggested driving in the Hills, she refused and he started driving towards Hallett Cove before being dropped at home- which he did.
    Detectives called to the scene said drag marks suggested she was dumped on the verge after being killed somewhere else.
    She was still wearing gold earrings, a gold watch and silver signet ring.

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  2. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    At about 1.45 a.m. on Saturday 18 December 1971, Patricia 'Suzie' Schmidt, aged 16 years, was last seen alive leaving work at the Burger King Restaurant, on the corner of South Road and Marion Road, Darlington. Suzie was reported as a missing person at 9.30 a.m. that day after having failed to return home from work.

    At about 6.30 p.m. on Saturday 18 December 1971, Suzie’s naked body was located off a dirt track at Hallett Cove. There was evidence located at the scene that indicates she had been sexually assaulted before being murdered.

    Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1 800 333 000


    5 March 2015:

    Nine News AdelaideVerified account ‏@9NewsAdel

    EXCLUSIVE: Police investigating fresh leads in murder of Hallett Cove teen Patricia Schmidt, found dead 43 years ago.
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  3. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    Lily, thanks for the links for Patricia. I have not heard of this before. What would constitute 'a flash car' in 1971 in Australia I wonder. The poor dad would never have forgiven himself for being ten minutes late in collecting her, what a nightmare.
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  4. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Gosh, we thought a new Statesman was "flash" back in the 70's.. everyone we knew drove a ute or some beat up work vehicle, lol. So could be anything, pity there was no mention of a model.

    Interesting that he seems to have offered her a lift a week earlier (unless that was just an incredible coincidence...). It was a whole different age back then, here. Many young women would not have thought twice about accepting a ride home.

    Adult acne isn't that common, someone has to know who this man is. Flash car, bad skin. Worked (or knew someone who worked) where he'd have contact with metal shavings, factory, key cutter, trade school metal workshop, something like that. Pink and white paint - was the pink undercoat? It's quite a lot more info on the killer than police have in some other cases.
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  5. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Just some further thoughts..

    If it was the same guy who picked her up a week earlier, odds are that he was a local or someone who passed by that area in Darlington regularly. That he drove in the direction of the cove but didn't abduct her the 1st time might indicate inexperience, perhaps he took a week to get his courage up. It also may indicate familiarity with the Hallett's Cove area, somewhere he thought of as a good place to take his victim, perhaps he'd thought about this for some time.

    That he went back on her 2nd shift might indicate that he'd been watching the place for her, or she's mentioned when she worked next and he's spent a week obsessing about her.

    Covering her body indicates shame over his act, once the violence was over. He'd probably have seemed a very harmless type, for her to get in his car willingly that first time. Perhaps the acne figured into his anger for women.

    It's possible he took her purse as a trophy.
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  6. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member


    Yes I thought Statesman first up as well Lily. That was the sort of car used in weddings if you had a "rich" family friend willing to share and show off their car for the occasion. You will like the link above, it mentions Patricia and multiple increased rewards for other unsolved's from Australia that you and other Aussies will know of.
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