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Wynarka/Belanglo murders - Karlie Pearce-Stevenson, 20, & Khandalyce Pearce-Stevenson, 2 *ARREST*

Discussion in 'Australia: Crimes & Trials' started by MarlyWings, Jul 16, 2015.

  1. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Murder investigation into child bones discovered at Wynarka, Murray Mallee

    July 16, 2015

    A HUGE search is underway for clues to the murder of a child found dumped inside a suitcase beside a remote South Australian highway in the past six weeks.

    Major Crime detectives have launched a murder investigation after the discovery of remains near the Karoonda Highway at Wynarka, 30km east of Tailem Bend, on Wednesday morning.

    A suitcase and scattered clothes were also found.

    Major Crime Investigation Branch officer-in-charge Detective Superintendent Des Bray said on Thursday morning that the victim was aged two to seven but the gender and identity was still to be determined


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  2. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    'Murdered' child dumped in suitcase in SA's Murray Mallee was killed elsewhere, police say

    Updated about an hour agoThu 16 Jul 2015, 1:55pm

    A child whose skeletal remains were found dumped in a suitcase in the Murray Mallee region of South Australia alongside the Karoonda Highway was murdered elsewhere, police say.

    The child is believed to have been aged between two and seven years old and was originally dumped inside a dark grey suitcase on the side of the Karoonda Highway about two kilometres west of Wynarka.

    "The child was originally in the suitcase and at some point we believe somebody has removed the child from the suitcase to there," he said.

    "It's hard to say what happened, or why, but we know for certain that somebody has come and found the suitcase, opened it to have a look what's in there, tipped out the contents and at that stage become aware that it was most likely human remains."

    He said other drivers had since told police they had spotted the suitcase on the verge for several weeks, leading police to believe it was deposited between four to six weeks ago.

    "We believe that because of the state of decomposition, the state of the remains, the child died some time before that," Superintendent Bray said.

    He said the sex, and official cause of death had not yet been established.

    Police are checking interstate missing persons databases because there is no-one on the South Australian database who is thought to match the discovery

  3. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    This is just horrendous.

    I hope it's not little William. I hope it's not anyone, but of course it's somebody, some poor little kid.

    Very upsetting.
  4. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    July 16, 2015

    Detective Superintendent Des Bray from the major crime investigation section says police hope to know more about how the child died by Thursday afternoon at the earliest.

    He said it was too early to speculate on the child's age or sex but that he or she was likely to have been the victim of foul play.

    "Young children don't disappear without people noticing," Det Bray said.

    "Certainly we have got a young child who appears to have been murdered and dumped on the side of the road, and somebody must have knowledge of someone who had a young child, and that child has disappeared and is not around.

    "With hindsight, people who reflect on people live near them, who perhaps are related to them, or acquaintances, if they reflect on their circumstances they might remember somebody who, with the benefit of hindsight, once had a child disappear in what they may now think are suspicious circumstances.

    "Those people should call Crime Stoppers straight away."

    Crimestoppers 1800 333 000


  5. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Not too far from Victorian and New South Wales borders....

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  6. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    July 16, 2015 3:11PM

    A SEARCH is underway for a man seen walking with a suitcase near where the body of a child was dumped beside a rural South Australian highway.

    Two women have told police they saw the man, aged in his 60s, carrying a dark-coloured suitcase at Wynarka, 30km east of Tailem Bend, about six to weeks ago.

    This matches the timeframe police believe a grey suitcase containing the body of a young child and clothing was dumped near Wynarka in the past two months.

    “We can say that we believe the child died elsewhere.

    “We also believe that the child was placed in a suitcase and brought to this location within about a month but the child had even died some time prior to that.”

  7. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Det-Supt Bray said that although the identity of the child was unknown, parts of the investigation were progressing “quite well”.

    He said that links to missing NSW boy William Tyrell were being investigated but stressed it was one of many missing children cases in Australia that were being probed. There was no suggestion the remains were those of William Tyrell, he said.

    Det-Supt Bray has appealed for information from the public.

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  8. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Man in his 60's, with a small, dead child..

    This is all so upsetting.
  9. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Just shocking isn't it!!

    Years ago it used to be puppies and kittens that were dumped alongside highways....which was horrible enough! Now it's children. Absolutely sickening!!
  10. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

  11. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    South Australian suitcase murder: Post-mortem confirms child dumped at Wynarka met violent end

    July 17, 2015 6:26PM

    A POST-MORTEM has confirmed a child whose body was found dumped in a suitcase beside a remote South Australian highway “met a violent death under terrible circumstances”.

    Forensic testing has yet to determine the gender of the child, but police believe he or she was aged three to five years and is very unlikely to be missing New South Wales toddler William Tyrell.

    Major Crime officer in charge Detective Superintendent Des Bray said while preliminary post-mortem results had given police some useful information, the gender of the child was unlikely to be known until early next week.

    “We have a victim of, we now believe, three to five years of age, we don’t know the sex of the child and the fact we have female clothes doesn’t mean the child was necessarily a female,” he said.

    “It is terribly clear that the child died a violent death under terrible circumstances ... everything about this case is tragic.

    Det-Supt Bray asked for anyone with a dashcam who had travelled the Karoonda Highway in the past two months to contact them.

    Crimestoppers 1800 333 000


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  12. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Photos from the above report...

    The suitcase which held the child's remains near Wynarka


    The girls’ clothing found with the child’s remains. Picture: SA Police

  13. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    Oh heck, those little clothes. I can hardly bear to look at them.

    I hope so hard they catch the person/s responsible for this child's death! Who could she/he be? Are there parents out there missing their baby, or was it the parents who tossed the body there? So many questions..
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  14. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    Something about this case is reminding me of poor little Kiesha Abrahams murder. Her evil mother and partner concealed Kiesha's body in a suitcase, took a taxi out to bushland where they burnt her body and buried her. Kiesha wasn't reported missing until almost two weeks later.

    IF this child lived in an isolated area, the chances of someone noticing he/she was missing would be fairly slim. If it's a young child not of school age, he/she wouldn't be missed at school either. However, there's a mother of this child out there somewhere, where is she and will she report her child as missing.....I hope she does but I'm guessing she won't.
  15. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

  16. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

    July 18, 2015

    THE manner in which the remains of a child were dumped on the side of a rural SA highway suggests the perpetrators of the crime may not be directly linked to the victim, a forensic criminologist says.

    As police work to identify the victim, Queensland University of Technology school of justice forensic criminologist Claire Ferguson said identifying the suspect could be the more arduous task

    “Getting rid of the body in that way is probably a desire to distance themselves from that as quickly as possible,” she said. “This person would have had options to do something else with the body that would have decreased the likelihood of them getting caught.

    “Wanting to get rid of it so quickly could speak of their motivations a little bit and can also speak to their connection to the child.

    “If they don’t feel they will be suspected of having this child anyway they might get rid of it in such a fashion, as opposed to trying to make it so the body is never discovered.”

  17. MarlyWings

    MarlyWings Retired Staff

  18. Lily

    Lily Bronze Member

    I'm highly suspicious that there isn't some mother out there right now, frantically contacting police about her missing littly.

    Maybe she just lives in a vacuum and hasn't seen the reports. I'm doubtful, very doubtful, of that - but wary of jumping hard to conclusions.

    I thought of Kiesha too, @MarlyWings.

    But then, there's a lot of sick pedos out there too (who shouldn't damn well be 'out there' but that's another rant).
  19. MissyMoo

    MissyMoo Bronze Member

    Ill never forget Keisha either, i hope history hasnt repeated itself with this one.
    ive been trying to find out online, do we have checks in place for registering births here?
    Like i remember from my kids baby days, you had like 60 to 90 days or similiar to have all your new baby documentation lodged,
    Which then setups the registers for immunisations, medicare etc.
    But is there a government agency that actually ensures this is done?
    i know some people do live off the grid, and not all births are in hospitals, i just dont want this to end in he/she never identified
    as he/she was never anyone to begin with.
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    MissyMoo Bronze Member

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