Cold cases reopen
NEW Sunshine Coast CIB chief Daren Edwards plans to revisit the case files of three women who vanished in the upper Mary Valley more than 12 years ago.
Det Snr Sgt Edwards, the man behind the state’s cold case investigation team, said he wanted to provide answers to the families of British backpacker Celena Bridge, 28, who spent two days at Conondale before disappearing in 1998, Kenilworth woman Sabrina Ann Glassop (known as Ann), 46, who disappeared in 1999 and Nambour schoolgirl Jessica Gaudie, 16, who vanished in 1999 after leaving home to babysit for a friend.
The investigation included searches in the Brooloo area as well as other localities near Kenilworth and the Upper Mary.
“They are all missing persons and remains have not been found,” Snr Sgt Edwards said.
In 2001, Kenilworth-based Derek Bellington Sam was convicted of murdering Jessica Gaudie.
He was the estranged partner of a woman whose children Jessica was baby-sitting.
Detectives also identified him as a person of interest in the disappearance of both Ms Bridge and Ms Glassop.
Snr Sgt Edwards, who has spent 22 years in the CIB, said it would be good to have a result for the families.
Snr Sgt Edwards, who has lived in the area since 2006, spent 11 years in Brisbane’s homicide squad before taking on his new job.
He has been a regular visitor to the coast for murder cases and was one of the first investigators looking into the 2003 disappearance of Daniel Morcombe.
“When we can resource it properly, we will continue on with Daniel, but I won’t lose focus that it’s not the only one of those we need to go on with,” he said.
Snr Sgt Edwards started his police career in the Northern Territory and, at 34, started with the Mackay CIB.
In 1996 he was seconded to the National Crime Authority, where he worked with the Australian Federal Police, Customs and the ATO.