New Clue In 40-Year-Old Murder Cold Case Of Teenage Girls
Police investigating the suspected murder of three teenage girls have revealed a new piece of information in their search for answers.
Police have shared an image of a distinct green, mid-1970s four-door Holden Torana sedan, which they believe could be linked to the disappearances of Lake Macquarie teens Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson in 1979.
Those two, as well as Gordana Kotevski, vanished in similar circumstances in the Newcastle area, in cases police believe may be linked.
“We are hoping anyone who was living in the Lake Macquarie region in the late 1970s may have a recollection of this Holden Torana, in particular in the month of April 1979," Lake Macquarie Police District Crime Manager Detective Chief Inspector Greg Thomas said on Monday.
Hickie, 18, left her home in Swansea for the final time at 7.15pm on Saturday April 7, 1979. She was last seen standing at a bus stop on the Pacific Highway at Belmont North, but has not been sighted since.
Just two weeks later on April 21, 14-year-old Robinson was also seen near a bus stop on Lake Road, Swansea, after attending a dance at her high school in Gateshead. She also vanished.
More than 15 years later, Gordana Kotevski, 16, went missing in similar circumstances to the other two teens. Around 9pm on November 24, 1994, Kotevski was forced into a vehicle on Powell Street, Charlestown, while walking to her aunt’s home on the same road. She has not been seen since.
None of the girls have been located in the years since their disappearance, despite efforts from detectives and emergency services.
A coronial inquest into the deaths of the girls found they were most likely dead as a result of foul play.
Strike Force Arapaima was established in April this year to re-investigate the unsolved disappearances of the three women. Police say the green car is similar to one that could have been involved in the disappearances of Hickie and Robinson.
“We understand it’s been 40 years since Robyn and Amanda’s disappearances, however, we are seeking assistance from anyone who may even have moved to a different state or who may have some memory of this vehicle to come forward to police," Thomas said.
"You can remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers if you wish."
Investigations under Strike Force Arapaima continue.
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