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NSW URSULA BARWICK: Missing from Quirindi, NSW - Sept 1987 - Age 17 *Found Deceased*

Discussion in 'Australia: Located/Resolved' started by MarlyWings, Oct 1, 2015.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    This is a very interesting case.

    NSW Police Force

    10 hrs ·

    A new lead uncovered during Missing Persons Week has linked missing woman Ursula Barwick to Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs.

    Ursula Barwick, who was originally from Quirindi NSW, boarded a train at Tuggerah Railway Station, on the state’s Central Coast in later September 1987.

    She had not long celebrated her 17th birthday, and it was believed she was travelling to Hornsby to work in a retail store and find accommodation.

    Her family had planned to visit her and help her settle into her new home; however, Ursula has not made contact with anyone since.

    Strike Force Hemingway, comprising officers from Kings Cross Local Area Command, is continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Ursula’s disappearance.

    As part of their inquiries, police released information about Ursula’s disappearance during Missing Persons Week in August this year, after which they received multiple calls to Crime Stoppers.

    This included new information that confirmed Ursula had been working behind the bar of the Coach and Horses Hotel, in Randwick, in July 1989.

    Detectives are now appealing for anyone she may have worked with at Randwick, or other locals who had contact with her at the time, to come forward.

    Investigators believe she may have been using a different name at the time, so are urging the community to review the photographs of Ursula, and share them with family and friends.

    Inquiries also suggest Ursula had worked intermittently as a nanny in Sydney between 1986 and 1988, and they’re keen to hear from anyone who may have had contact with her during this time.

    Kings Cross Local Area Command Crime Manager, Detective Inspector Bob Allison, said even the smallest piece of information could prove pivotal to discovering what happened to Ursula.

    “No matter how insignificant it may seem, if you know something about Ursula, I urge you to come forward immediately,” Det Insp Allison said.

    “I’d also like to remind people that information can be provided to Crime Stoppers or police, both confidentially and anonymously.

    “Going missing is not a crime, our number one priority is to find out what happened to Ursula, and we’ll continue to follow all lines of inquiry,” Det Insp Allison said.

    Ursula, now aged 45, is described as being of Caucasian appearance, about 178cm tall, with blonde hair, blue eyes and of a solid build.


    Anyone with information about the whereabouts of Ursula Barwick is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://www1.police.nsw.gov.au/.


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  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Missing Ursula Barwick linked to Randwick pub, 30 years after she vanished
    October 1, 2015
    Nearly 30 years after a teenage girl boarded a train on the Central Coast and simply vanished, police have uncovered a new lead in the case linking her to a pub in Sydney's eastern suburbs.

    Ursula Barwick was 17 when she set off for a new life and adventure in Sydney, where she planned to meet up with a group of friends who were already living in the city.

    The blonde-haired, blue-eyed teenager, originally from the small town of Quirindi in north-western NSW, was last seen boarding a train at Tuggerah railway station on the Central Coast in September 1987.

    But after that, all trace of her vanished. Ursula's devastated family and friends have not seen or heard from her since, and police suspect she has met with foul play.

    Now, less than two months after her family made an appeal for information during Missing Person's Week, detectives say they have received multiple calls to Crime Stoppers providing new information about Ursula's movements in the years after her disappearance

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  3. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Detectives from Strike Force Hemingway, set up to investigate Ursula's disappearance, said they had confirmed information from a caller that Ursula was working behind the bar at the Coach and Horses Hotel, on Avoca Street in Randwick, in July 1989.

    Detectives have appealed for any regular pub-goers who may have seen Ursula there, or anyone who may have encountered her in the area at the time, to come forward

    Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or to use the Crime Stoppers reporting page

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  4. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Interesting in that, although their disappearances are years apart, Ursula went missing from the same location as Leisl Smith.

    Ursula boarded a train at Tuggerah Railway Station and disappeared.

    Leisl's Honda was found at Tuggerah railway station car park one week after she was last seen. Security camera footage at the station showed her getting out of her Honda Accord, locking it, and then walking away from the station and not boarding a train.

    I was sure we had a thread for Leisl but isn't there so I"ve opened one at following link....

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  5. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Oh true! Very strange.. when you think. Tuggerah's population is only like, 1000 people -- two girls vanishing after being last seen at the station is pushing the bounds of coincidence, isn't it.
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  6. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member


    Ursula Dianne BARWICK - LOCATED
    "It's never too late to find your missing person."

    That's the message Melissa Pouliot has for suffering families after her missing cousin, Ursula Barwick, was recently found following a 30-year search.

    Ursula, aged 17, had died in a car accident on the Hume Highway, near Tarcutta, in 1987, only weeks after she went missing.

    Ursula had been living in Sydney under a new name, Jessica Pearce, and it was that name her new friends provided to investigators after the crash.

    The authorities failed to track down her family and Ursula was buried in Emu Plains cemetery under the name of Jessica, where she lay undiscovered until Ms Pouliot re-sparked the search.

    The Merimbula-based author wrote the crime fiction novel, Write About Me, as a way to honour Ursula's memory, but it created the momentum that saw the case reopened by police and Ursula found.

  7. Kimster

    Kimster Director Staff Member

    Oh wow! So she took off, gave herself a new name, and then died soon after? Boy that is a new twist.
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  8. Imamazed

    Imamazed Lead Administrator Staff Member

    I know!
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