Wednesday, November 8, 2000

Sarah Anne McMahon

Personal Details
Last seen: Wednesday, 8 November 2000
Year of birth:
Height: 173 cm
Build: Slim
Eyes: Green
Hair: Auburn
Gender: Female
Distinguishing Feature:
Sarah McMahon has not attended work since Wednesday 8 November 2000. Sarah was last seen driving her vehicle, a 1986 White Ford Meteor Sedan, registered number 7FO-731 in an easterly direction on Great Eastern Highway, Greenmount. She was last seen wearing dark jeans, black turtle neck sweater and black suede jacket. Concern is held for her safety and welfare.


Violent attacker is suspect in murders


Donald Morey
Guy Magowan/The West Australian ©Enlarge photo
    A street prostitute who narrowly survived a brutal bashing at the hands of a sexual deviant who is suspected of being involved in two unsolved suspected murders says she is still haunted by the chilling attack and believes her assailant may have killed other women.
    In her first media interview since the December 2003 attack, the woman, who did not want her name published, described crawling through a swamp and scaling a 2.4m high concrete wall in a bid to escape.
    "I know there are other girls who aren't as lucky as I was," the woman said.
    In September 2005, career criminal Donald Victor Morey was convicted after trial of attempted murder.
    In handing down a 13-year jail term, Supreme Court Justice Geoffrey Miller accepted the prosecutor's submission that there was no sexual motive to Morey's crime as he was impotent at the time.
    "This woman was a random target and . . . it was predatory conduct on your part," Justice Miller said. "It was a premeditated offence, that you planned to take her to a remote area and it was not the case that you voluntarily desisted from what you were doing."
    Morey's appeals were dismissed and he remains behind bars.
    He is a suspect in the murder of Darylyn Meridith Ugle, a prostitute who was last seen alive while soliciting for sex in March 2003, and to the disappearance of Sarah McMahon, a 20-year-old Parkerville woman who has not been seen leaving her Claremont workplace exactly 11 years ago today. Her vehicle was found at Swan District Hospital. Morey denies involvement in both cases but admits he knew Ms McMahon.
    Ms Ugle's body was found in April 2003 near Mundaring Weir - a short distance from Morey's Chidlow home and from the Helena Valley street where he took his December 2003 victim. The two prostitutes knew each other.
    "We don't think it is going to happen to us but I didn't put two and two together," the prostitute who escaped said.
    "I'm not a dumb girl. I have good instincts and he was good enough to make me go against my instincts."
    She said she felt uneasy getting into Morey's car that night in December 2003 but accepted $900 to have sex with him.
    "I think he might have panicked because I realised he was going around in circles," she said.
    "He calmly pulled his car over to the side of the road and he already had rope wrapped around his hand when he turned his car off."
    Morey tried to place the rope over the woman's neck but she put her back against the passenger door and repeatedly kicked him.
    "I fell out backwards and hit the kerb with my back," she said.
    "He dived out over the top of me and I got him in the face with my feet. I think that dazed him a little bit. I crawled to the back of the car and he followed me.
    "He was punching into me for about 15 minutes and I was screaming. I climbed on to the back of his car . . . to try not to let him get me back into the car again."
    The woman managed to climb a high wall and stumble through a swampy area.
    "I was screaming," she said. Morey eventually got back in his car and drove off.
    The woman said the attack changed her life.
    "I couldn't walk out in the street at night," she said.
    "If I see someone who looks like him I jump a little, even though I know he is in jail."


    Man investigated for links to high profile murder cases
    Thu Mar 4, 2004 12:56pm AEDT ABC

    Police have confirmed that a man, who has been charged over an attempted murder last December, is being investigated for possible links to two high profile cases.

    Detective Senior Sergeant Peter Delamont says the man cannot be named, but is believed to have been the last person to have contact with Sarah McMahon who disappeared in November 2000.

    Sergeant Delamont says the man has become a "person of interest" in the murder in March last year of sex worker Darrylyn Ugle because of location similarities between her disappearance and the circumstances surrounding the man's latest charges.

    But he says investigations are continuing.

    "We're continuing avenues of inquiry in regard to forensic examinations etcetera and obviously asking for anyone who has any information about those two murders to come and talk to us," he said.

    Thursday, August 17, 2000


    Personal Details
    Sex: Female
    Year of Birth: 1975
    At Time of Disappearance Thursday, 17 August 2000
    Age: 25
    Height (cm):
    Hair Colour: Black
    Eye Colour: Brown
    Nationality: New Zealander
    Racial Appearance: Pacific Islander

    Circumstances: Finau was suppose to pick her mother up from the Auckland Airport on 17 August 2000 but failed to do so. She had previously talked of moving to Australia, however was going to discuss this with her mother when she returned.

    Saturday, August 12, 2000

    Michelle Marie MILLS

    Personal Details
    Status: Missing Believed Murdered
    Sex: Female
    Year of Birth: 1961
    At Time of Disappearance on 12 August 2000
    Age: 39
    Height (cm): 140.0 Build: Medium
    Hair Colour: Fair
    Eye Colour: Green
    Complexion: Fair
    Racial Appearance: Caucasian

    Circumstances Michelle last spoke to her family on 12 August 2000.
    Reward of $100,000 to solve disappearance of Michelle Mills

    A $100,000 reward is on offer to help solve the suspected murder of Michelle Mills in 2000.

    Ms Mills, born on 23 July 1961, was reported missing from Mudgee on 12 August 2000 and has not been seen since.

    Police believe the mysterious disappearance of Michelle Mills is most likely a case of murder, but her body has never been found.

    The $100,000 reward will be available to anyone who provides police with information which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Ms Mill's death.

    Police understand Michelle had some failed relationships and had been going through a difficult time in the lead-up to her disappearance.

    However, investigators believe it is unlikely Michelle took her own life.

    Police suspect Michelle may have been killed by someone over money troubles or a person she had lied to or stolen from.

    She had only recently moved to Mudgee and she may have returned to Sydney before her death.

    While it is unclear what led to Michelle's death, police strongly believe she was the victim of foul play.

    Michelle's bank card was used for up to nine months after her disappearance.

    These bank transactions, which occurred in Mudgee, Cowra and Blayney, could lead police to the killer or killers.

    Police can only move forward with this investigation if someone provides new information.

    Click here for more information contact the NSW Police Force Missing Persons
    After 7 years, missing becomes murder
    SMH Les Kennedy April 20, 2007

    Almost seven years after Michelle Mills disappeared from Mudgee, police now believe she was murdered.

    And they believe her killer drifted through central western and southern NSW for nine months using her bank card withdrawing cash from ATM machines in a bid to make it appear she was still alive.

    For years her case, which never made the media, was treated by police as yet another person who had gone walkabout in despair after the failure of a series of relationships.

    But a recent review of the case by Lithgow detectives has led police to believe she was murdered some time after ringing her father in Queensland on June 23 to say she was thinking of moving to the Sunshine State.

    The last sighting of her was nine days earlier on June 14, when she saw her doctor in Mudgee.

    Today Police Minister David Campbell offered a $100,000 reward for information on her suspected murder.

    Police said Ms Mills, 39, who was unemployed and receiving CentreLink benefits, was a relative newcomer to Mudgee at the time of her disappearance, having moved there just before Christmas in 1999 after living most her life on Sydney's northern beaches.

    She had a number of failed relationships and had told her father she wanted to move on.

    She regularly kept in touch with her family, say police, in particular her brothers in Sydney.

    But after the calls stopped she was reported missing on August 12, 2000.

    There have been no more calls since.

    A review of her case revealed that her bank card was in use for almost nine months, only at ATM machines that did not have security cameras.

    Withdrawals were made at teller machines first in Mudgee, then in Blayney, then Cowra and finally back in Mudgee where the card was captured by a St George Bank teller machine when the bank froze her account after realising the card was stolen.

    "Police believe the mysterious disappearance of Michelle Mills is most likely a case of murder, but her body has never been found," Mr Campbell said.

    "Her family deserves answers and those responsible for her death must be brought to justice," he said, in announcing the reward today.

    "Police suspect Michelle may have been killed by someone over money troubles. She had only recently moved to Mudgee and police say she may have returned to Sydney before her death," Mr Campbell said.

    Anyone with information are asked to contact police on the Crime Stoppers hotline 1800 333 000

    Friday, August 4, 2000

    Linda Anne Grimstone

    Personal Details
    Last seen: Monday, 4 September 2000
    Year of birth: 1958
    Height: 168 cm
    Build: Medium
    Eyes: Blue
    Hair: Brown
    Gender: Female
    Distinguishing Feature:
    Circumstances: At about 8.50am on 4 September 2000, Linda dropped her two children off at Croydon Hills Primary and did not return to pick them up. Police enquiries have revealed that Linda purchased petrol at the Wesburn petrol station at approx 9.45am and was last seen at approx 3.50pm that same day in the car park of Powers Lookout 270km NE of Melbourne. Police can’t explain her reason for attending Powers Lookout but her vehicle was located at 10am the next day in bushland nearby. Linda Grimstone was last seen on 4 September 2000.

    Saturday, May 13, 2000

    Melissa Brown

    Personal Details
    Last seen: Saturday, 13 May 2000
    Age: 19
    Year of birth: 1984
    Height: 162cm
    Build: Slim
    Eyes: Brown
    Hair: Brown
    Complexion: Fair
    Gender: Female
    Distinguishing Feature:

    Circumstances: The Australian Federal Police report the circumstances of Melissa's disappearance to be "Melissa Brown was last seen in Adelaide on 13th May 2000 and was known to frequent truck stops and also hitch-hike. Melissa has not been seen or heard from since." Whilst technically true it is a profoundly inaccurate assessment of the circumstances of Melissa's disappearance.
    Melissa along with her mother Rosemary Brown went missing on 13 May 2000.
    On July 2, 2000 the body of Rosemary Brown was found in the Garden Island mangroves in Adelaide. It is believed Mrs Brown was strangled to death, but this has not been confirmed by police.
    There remains no reason to assume that Melissa is dead.
    In late 2000 Major Crime Investigation Unit, Acting Superintendent Bill Prior said: "We obviously have grave concerns about the whereabouts of Mrs Brown`s daughter, Melissa."

    "....there is no evidence at this stage to suggest Melissa has been murdered," he said.

    Rosemary Brown

    Rosemary Brown is the murdered mother of missing teen Melissa Brown. Rosemary and Melissa went for a walk in the early hours of Saturday, May 13, 2000, Seven weeks later, the decomposing body of Rosemary, 33, was found in the Garden Island mangroves, her daughter Melissa has never been found.
    Detective Senior Constable Jeff Brown said the case had been "frustrating" with virtually no leads since 2003.
    "It is bewildering, somebody has to know something about the case." Sen-const Brown said. "We have exhausted all lines of inquiry since the case was reviewed in 2003, but it stills remains open.
    "Rosemary mixed with a lot of people so if we can re-jog someone's memory it may help us (solve) it."
    The Brown family had been living at the Windsor Gardens caravan park just weeks before they vanished. Rosemary and Melissa, then 15, had moved into a caravan in a friend's backyard at Blair Athol a short time befor they had disappeared.
    Rosemary's son, Nathan Davidson, then 11, was staying with friends at Windsor Gardens. Where Rosemary and Melissa were going when they left their caravan at 2:30am remains unclear.
    Rosemary's yellow bag was found at Northfield, about noon on the day of they went missing.
    Rosemary's body was found in the North Arm of Port River, close to a jetty off Grand Trunkway, on July 2, 2000.
    Melissa is described as being 162cm tall, of thin build, with dark shoulder-length hair and brown eyes. Sen-const Brown urged anyone with information to contact Crimestoppers.
    "Callers can remain anonymous but if anyone knows something about the case please contact police," he said..Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.

    Melissa went missing on 13-5-2000. Rosemary Brown (her mother) was strangled and found in a swamp at Garden Island on July 2, 2000.

    Thursday, April 20, 2000

    Carolyn Mary WILSON

    Personal Details
    Age when missing: 56 years
    Missing since 20 April 2001
    Circumstances: Carolyn Wilson has been missing since 20 April 2001. She was last seen in the vicinity of Melbourne. Carolyn's car is also missing a dark green Daewoo Cielo.

    New bid to find missing teacher
    Local News11 Aug 10 @ 01:04pm by Dimity Barber
    Carolyn Wilson, missing since April 2001. ALMOST a decade has passed since friends and family have heard from Mordialloc Secondary College teacher Carolyn Wilson.

    The 66-year-old English and French teacher was last seen leaving her Camp Hill Rd, Somers, home on April 17, 2001, driving a green 1997 Daewoo Cielo sedan.

    The mother-of-two called home three days later and spoke to her husband but did not say where she was or when she would return. Her credit card has not been used, her vehicle has never been found and she has not made any further contact with family or friends.

    To coincide with Missing Persons Week, police last week renewed calls for information to help find Ms Wilson, described as a quiet woman with a small circle of friends.

    Victoria Police Superintendent Murray Fraser said the first 24 to 48 hours in any missing person investigation were critical.

    Of 7242 Victorians who went missing in the 2009/10 financial year, 6065 - almost 84 per cent - were found in the first 24 hours.

    “In Victoria, you do not have to wait 24 hours before reporting a person as missing,” Supt Fraser said. “We really urge people to report their friends, family or loved ones missing as quickly as possible.

    “In cases where people don’t wish to contact their family or friends, we ask them to report to a local police station - it’s one way to let family and friends know they’re OK without having to make direct contact or reveal where they are living.”

    Anyone with information about a missing person can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit

    Sunday, April 2, 2000

    Angela Mealing

    Jail term the start in hunt for truth

    Thomas Chamberlin Monday, November 3, 2008 © The Cairns Post

    THE mother of Cairns teenager Angela Mealing, who died eight years ago, says the jailing of a former policeman who lied during the investigation is "just the beginning".
    Adrian William Deemal, 48, has been sentenced to two years' jail after he was found guilty of perjury for lying during an investigation into Ms Mealing's disappearance.
    He pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court.
    The 17-year-old was found on a bank of Behana Creek about 30km south of Cairns in 2000 - about six weeks after she disappeared on April 2.
    Yesterday, Ms Mealing's mother, Jackie Shadforth, said she would never have closure, despite the sentence.
    "I wish it (the sentence) could be longer," she said.
    "When you lose a child, you never have closure.
    "There are so many lies what he told that I'm going to pursue.
    "All I can do is make those people who hurt her that night, to be charged."
    In June 2000, Deemal gave evidence to a Queensland Crime Commission hearing and said he gave Ms Mealing a lift from Cairns south to Gordonvale on the morning she was reported missing.
    Deemal told the hearing he had turned left into Riverstone Rd from the Bruce Highway and dropped Ms Mealing off about 100m from the intersection on April 2.
    But the prosecution in the Brisbane District Court argued Deemal lied about his movements.
    Prosecutor Brad Farr, SC, said security footage from a nearby service station did not show Deemal's car making the turn he claimed he made.
    An inquest in 2002 heard the teenager was assaulted twice on the night she disappeared by a group of girls at Mooroobool and later by her boyfriend at Earlville.
    Ms Shadforth yesterday she would rest "for a while" before continuing her battle for justice.
    "Everyone who laid a hand on Angie, I won't give up," she said.
    "I cannot replace her. I will always have a broken heart.
    "All my life I've been able to fix things. But I can't fix nothing. I can't bring her back to me," she said.
    Deemal's sentence will be suspended after a year.

    Tuesday, January 25, 2000

    Deborah Michelle Anderson

    Personal Details
    Date of Death: 25th January 2000
    Age: 24
    Debbie's life was taken at the young age of 24yrs, she had her whole life ahead of her. Her charred remains were found in the front seat of a burnt out white Ford Laser vehicle registration KA6594 at a shopping centre in Dance Drive, Middle Swan at approximately 12.26am. 25 January 2000. Various questions remain unanswered about the death of Debbie and her movements on the day of  her death.

    Further Information:: Debbie had been out from England approximately 6 months and was staying with her father and his partner in Perths northern suburb of Woodvale. Debbie was studying to become a chef at the Australian School of Tourism and Hospitality and had plans of opening her own restaurant one day.

    Debbie loved animals and told her father on the morning of 24th January 2000 her plans were to go to Perth Zoo that day. Her first stop 9.40am was at the ATM machine at the intersection of Trappers and Timberlane Drive, Woodvale to withdraw some money. Her movements from there until the discovery of her charred remains at 12.26am remained unknown.

    Police baffled by her death at the time, trying to piece together the final movements of Debbie to determine whether it was murder, suicide or accident. Midland Senior Detective Rick Weskin said “they were treating the death as suspicious and said it hasn't been downgraded to an accidental or suicide-type death and it certainly hasn't been upgraded to a homicide investigation at this stage.”

    Detectives were not able to establish whether she had travelled to South Perth. Police initially interviewed people and set up mobile police facility vans at the Woodvale and Middle Swan shopping centres, posters of Debbie were placed in various locations.

    A few months later new forensic evidence revealed the white Ford Laser with registration KA6594 she had borrowed from a family friend had travelled to Geraldton and back on the day that her charred remains were found. Police did country runs to Geraldton and back stopping at all the roadhouses along Brand Highway to Geraldton then taking a different route travelled back to Perth along Brand Highway/Great Northern Highway to see if anyone had sighted Debbie on that day.

    With so many unanswered questions relting to Deborahs movements on the day and the distance that the vehicle she was driving had traveled it is difficult to see this death as anything other than murder.

    Almost 2 years after Deborah's death her mother Maureen Morris passed away. The battle to find out what happen to Deborah was passed to Katie, her aunt and Maureen's sister. Katie opperates a myspace site


    Psychic called to help solve mysterious death

    GABRIELLE KNOWLES, The West Australian June 21, 2011
    Kathleen Cox with a picture of her niece, Deborah Anderson.
    A Clarkson woman desperate to solve the mysterious death of her niece, who was found burnt in a car 11 years ago, has called on a British psychic.
    Kathleen Cox said the inquiry into Deborah Michelle Anderson's death was "gathering dust" so she turned to Diane Lazarus as her "private investigator".
    The 24-year-old's remains were found by firefighters when they attended a blazing Ford Laser at Middle Swan shopping centre about 12.20am on January 25, 2000.
    Ms Anderson, a student chef, came from England to live with her father in mid-1999. She had borrowed the car from her father's partner almost 15 hours earlier to go to Perth Zoo. Mrs Cox believes her niece was murdered, although police said they could not rule out an accident, perhaps that Ms Anderson fell asleep in the car while smoking. Police were unable to work out what Ms Anderson had done between leaving Woodvale and being found in Middle Swan. Forensics had shown that the car went to Geraldton and back that day, although Ms Anderson had no links to the town.
    Ms Anderson's mother, Maureen Morris, died in England in 2003 and her sister, Mrs Cox, promised not to rest until she found out what happened. Mrs Cox conceded some people had had awful experiences with charlatan psychics but she believed Ms Lazarus was gifted. Ms Lazarus admitted she did not always find the answers. "If it brings lights on, in the sense it gets publicity for that person so the police reinvestigate, that's good enough," she said.
    Mrs Cox urged anyone with any information to come forward.