Women's Clothing Found Buried Under Belinda Peisley's Former Home
Police have found female clothing, including undergarments, buried underneath the former home of a mother-of-two who disappeared 20 years ago.
NSW Police began a forensic excavation at the Blue Mountains home on Monday in the hope of finding Belinda Peisley's remains or forensic evidence linked to her suspected murder.
Detective Chief Inspector Grant Taylor said the clothes are consistent with the woman's clothing size, and are of "great interest" to investigators.
“We will await the results of the forensic analysis, which includes DNA testing, to determine whether new lines of inquiry can be explored," he said.
Belinda Peisley was last seen by a nurse leaving the emergency department of the Blue Mountains Hospital in Katoomba on September 26, 1998.
She'd been taken there with injuries by police after attending a house party, but left soon after.
Two days later, she was reported missing by Justin Kondek, her boyfriend at the time. But the case wasn't referred to the coroner for another eight years.
Despite investigations and ground searches by local police and the Homicide Squad over the years, her body has not been found.
NSW Police are now acting on a "series of bits of information" that sparked an interest to return to the home where Peisley last lived with her two sons.
She bought it two years before her disappearance using a large inheritance but became heavily involved in the local drug community and was relying on welfare payments at the time.
"She lived her own life. I didn't approve of the scene she was travelling in, but she's entitled to live her life and that doesn't change the fact that she's my daughter," her father Mark Wearne said on Monday at the home.
After 20 difficult years, Wearne is hopeful for a "resolution".
"If nothing eventuates from this particular situation, maybe somebody will come forward and information (will be) given to police that could perhaps lead to a resolution," he said on Monday at the commencement of the dig.
Police will continue digging underneath the home on Tuesday while they wait to see if any DNA found on the clothing matches that of Peisley.
“While we remain focused on the excavation under the house, we are renewing our appeal to the community for information that may assist our investigation,” Det Ch Insp Taylor said.
Anyone with information that may assist detectives is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online.
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