Australia Australia - Michelle Bright, 17, Gulgong, NSW, 27 February 1999

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  1. marlywings

    marlywings Former Member

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    June 13, 2008

    No one has ever been arrested for the 1999 murder of popular Gulgong teenager Michelle Bright.

    Michelle was murdered as she walked home alone from a friend's 15th birthday party.

    The 17-year-old's semi-naked body was found four days later by the side of a road 1km from her family home and less than 500m from Gulgong, 300km northwest of Sydney.

    It sparked one of the biggest manhunts in NSW history.

    http://m.dailytelegraph.com.au/news...still-walks-free/story-e6freuzi-1111116618428
     
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    marlywings Former Member

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    So, in 2009, the coroner recommended the reward be raised to $500,000. It's now 2013 and this is still unsolved. Maybe it's NOT someone from the town. So, maybe no one in the town knows any more than they've already told. I realize people outside the town could potentially get the reward, but apparently (except for the DNA) this individual covered his tracks... or time itself did the work for him.

    Maybe Michelle mistook the killer for someone else which allowed him to get within striking distance before she realized her mistake? (Just an idea.)
     
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    I hope one day someone understands that this should not be kept quiet.
     
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    Hi marlywings

    Sorry to comment to you so long after your post, I am the host of a true crime podcast and am wanting to do an episode on Michelle Bright. I am wondering if you by any chance still have access to her Coronial Inquest documents, or have them saved, as they have expired on the NSW Coroner's Court webpage. I thought it might be worth asking, just in case.
    Kind Regards
     
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    <modsnip>

    Michelle Bright&#8217;s inquest findings:

    https://www.websleuths.com/forums/e...o-the-death-of-Michelle-Loraine-BRIGHT-Part-I

    https://www.websleuths.com/forums/e...-the-death-of-Michelle-Loraine-BRIGHT-Part-II
     
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    1968 Active Member

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    Was there ever a suspect the police had in mind I wonder...
     
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    Considering the large reward on offer for this case (the second highest in the state of NSW), I'm very surprised that I had not heard about it until I was researching unsolved cases today. I have read all the articles I am able to find, does anyone know of any other resources I can access to understand this case more? I can't even imagine the anguish of Michelle's poor family.
     
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    I think cold case homicides now uniformly attract a $1 million reward:

    https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/state/nsw/2017/12/14/nsw-cold-case-rewards/

    It could help if Michelle&#8217;s family or a victims of crime advocate spoke to investigatorsto request further publicity for her case. They may be still working on leads from last year but it&#8217;s always a good idea for families and investigators to stay in regular contact with one another, even if it&#8217;s simply for moral support.

    Resources:

    Trove:

    https://trove.nla.gov.au/

    newspapers.com (7 day free trial):

    https://www.newspapers.com/

    State Library of NSW (Research and Collections):

    http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/research-and-collections

    Craig Ball&#8217;s Search Central:

    http://www.craigball.com/searchcentral.html

    I agree. There is nothing worse for the family and friends of a much loved missing person than the &#8216;not knowing&#8217;. Sending them and you much love today davi x
     
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    Wow thank you so much Bohemian, I'm spoilt with all these resources! I am currently completing a Masters in Journalism and researching potential cases to investigate for a future doco or podcast series. This case has really struck a chord with me.
     
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    My pleasure and good luck davi. Suggest the ABC or Fairfax regional if you&#8217;re serious about journalism. Travel and a (very low paying) job. What more could you need? Your idea of a doco/podcast is one way to get Michelle&#8217;s story front and centre. Bless you for using your superpowers for good not evil x
     
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    I am new to Websleuths but have lived in the Gulgong area. I once had a conversation with a man who attended the Birthday party that Michelle was present at on that fateful night. He claimed he knew who the murderer was and that the police had not interviewed all the witnesses. He is the same age as Michelle's older brother who is also the same age as the one suspect who has been named in the media.
    I reported all of this to crimestoppers in 2011.
    Hope they find the killer.
     

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