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    Australia - Sharron Phillips, 20, Brisbane, Qld, 8 May 1986

    DOB - 1965 (20 years old when missing)

    Height - 178cm

    Dark brown, shoulder length, straight hair; brown eyes. Fair complexion. She is of medium build.

    Clothing: When last seen she was wearing a blue shirt and a long sleeved blouse in a brown/cream/blue check. Her large black leather hand bag with shoulder strap is also missing.


    Sharron Phillips was last seen at about 11pm on 8 May 1986 at a telephone box near the Wacol Railway Station. She had walked there to ring for assistance after her yellow coloured Datsun bluebird sedan had run out of petrol on Ipswich Road near the entrance to the Wacol Migrant Centre. A person matching her description was seen by a number of people between the Wacol Railway Station and where her car was located off Ipswich Road. Sharron Phillips has not been heard from since that time and her body has never been located. Any member of the public with information which could assist Police is asked to contact:Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000




    http://www.australianmissingpersonsr...onPhillips.htm

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    http://www.qt.com.au/news/motorway-s...stery/1256539/

    I find it very distressing that the army soldiers apparently didn't help her to make a phone call. Unless this information is false. It seems very strange to me that soldiers would send a young woman, in need of help, away.

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    I was in primary school and lived not far from Ipswich Road when Sharron disappeared. I remember hearing a lot about it at the time - it was distressing to hear that a woman could just disappear like that. There has been quite a bit of media coverage over the years - I think it was on Australia's Most Wanted, and/or similar shows many years ago. I haven't seen a lot recently about the case.

    I'll do some research and try to get some more info up. Anyone who is good with maps that could post the local area and Wacol Station?

    There has been development and road upgrades since her disappearance, but it could give us a general idea of the distances she walked, etc.

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    http://southern-star.whereilive.com....ase-is-closed/
    apparently the case was closed in 2009 by the police - they don't expect to ever know what happened to her. This makes me very sad for her and her family/loved ones.

    I'm not sure if there has been investigations since - will post all the links I come across.

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    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/news...654080720.html
    Sian Kingi murderers Barrie Watts and Valmae Beck were considered, but it appears they were deemed unlikely suspects.

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    http://matthewcondon.blogspot.com.au...-phillips.html

    heartbreaking article with lots of detail.

    "On the night of Thursday, May 8, 1986, young Sharron Phillips was in high spirits for several reasons. She was enjoying her independence, having moved out of the crowded Riverview family home and into her own flat at Archerfield five months earlier. She had a good job at the Peaches ‘n Cream fruit market in Kenmore. And she had a potential new beau.

    Only days earlier she had met a 26-year-old Acacia Ridge man called Martin Balazs, and they had planned a dinner date at Sharron’s flat on Friday, May 9. She was excited about Balazs, although they barely knew each other. So on that Thursday evening, she and work colleague Samantha Dalzell went shopping together at Sunnybank Plaza on Mains Road. Sharron purchased some new lingerie.

    Later, the pair had coffee at Sharron’s flat. Sharron left the lingerie unwrapped in the small ground-floor apartment. She then drove Dalzell home to Redland Plains. On the way, according to retired police investigator Ken Foreman, who worked on the Phillips case, she drove past Balaz’s flat and tooted the horn – an anonymous message to her new man, a tease as prelude to their date the next evening. She dropped off Dalzell, and was travelling city-bound on Ipswich Road at Wacol, up the hill from the old three-pump Shell service station (since demolished), when her canary-yellow Nissan Bluebird ran out of petrol. It was around 11pm."

    "Sharron’s car had stopped outside the former Wacol migrant centre. Directly across busy Ipswich Road was the main entrance to the Wacol Army Barracks. She needed a telephone.

    It was established later she had walked into the army camp, past the boom gates and guard booth, and been told by partying soldiers there were no telephones for her to use. (A few soldiers were later interviewed by police but discounted as suspects.) She then headed down towards the Shell garage and Wacol railway station."

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    I lived down that way when this happened- they used to have a signpost with her name on the road before the roads were all upgraded. I knew a newspaper reporter who worked at the Qld Times newspaper and was reporting on the case. his view was that Army guys had something to do with it. The investigation was flawed from the start - the family moved the car and were in her flat before police could work the scene. All very sad for her family- tore them apart I remember reading.

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    Maps

    Quote Originally Posted by Strangeworld View Post
    I was in primary school and lived not far from Ipswich Road when Sharron disappeared. I remember hearing a lot about it at the time - it was distressing to hear that a woman could just disappear like that. There has been quite a bit of media coverage over the years - I think it was on Australia's Most Wanted, and/or similar shows many years ago. I haven't seen a lot recently about the case.

    I'll do some research and try to get some more info up. Anyone who is good with maps that could post the local area and Wacol Station?

    There has been development and road upgrades since her disappearance, but it could give us a general idea of the distances she walked, etc.
    If you want to find the maps I would first start with the State Library. I have a relative interested in history and I was amazed at what he could find. He had to ask the staff for help though.

    http://www.slq.qld.gov.au/resources/qld-history

    They have an online search of their catalogue here
    http://onesearch.slq.qld.gov.au/prim...fromLogin=true
    I haven't personally tried this.

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    http://urbex.50megs.com/Abandoned_De...Entrances.html
    I found this interesting website with some photos of the Army Barracks entrance -now overgrown and unused except for a few buildings still standing. The middle photo shows the boom gate where Sharron would have gone to ask for help. I find it hard to believe a young woman was turned away and told there were no phones she could use.
    Last edited by Crime and punishment; 04-11-2013 at 09:08 AM. Reason: Missed a word


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    National Library of Australia - online search engine

    About Trove
    Trove is a discovery experience focused on Australia and Australians. It supplements what search engines provide. If you are researching in the fields of the social sciences, literature, local or family history, or need inspiration for your school assignment, then this is the tool for you.

    Find and get over 336,250,270 Australian and online resources:
    books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more

    http://trove.nla.gov.au/

    Is there something in particular I could research?

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    There is a new story on CM site - still trying to find a free to view link in one of the other papers. In the meantime, here's the link to the CM article:

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...1226694831924#
    Sharon Phillips cold case: car speeding to mine dump site 26 years ago could be crucial evidence

    TWENTY-six years ago, truck driver Tony Prowse and his workmates were negotiating a hidden dirt track that spat out at the bottom of a coalmine dump at Swanbank near Ipswich, when a car without lights sped past them.

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    TWENTY-six years ago, truck driver Tony Prowse and his workmates were negotiating a hidden dirt track that spat out at the bottom of a coalmine dump at Swanbank near Ipswich, when a car without lights sped past them.

    It was 3am and pitch black when the "carload of hoons" went tearing by on the little-known mining road.

    It was unheard of to see a car on the path used by dump trucks carting waste from the nearby coalmine, and the men would later discuss it over their morning tea.

    That was the early hours of May 9: the night Sharron Phillips disappeared.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226694831924

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    "It was very rarely you'd ever see a car on that road - unless it was a mine inspector - and even then, that would be once in a blue moon," he said.

    "I remember it was a bluey-green and white HR Holden station wagon with no lights coming out of there at 100 miles an hour."


    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226694831924

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    He believes the track, which led from Redbank Plains Rd to the mine site, would have only been known to those who worked there.

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/q...-1226694831924

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