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

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  1. December

    December Verified insider - Kathy Jones case

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    Thank you. Hmmm... so sounds like these hoons didn't care if they called attention to themselves. But, perhaps they were unaware that people could see their cars at least.

    One or two of the links lead to comments about someone whose vehicle is altered so as to appear as another type of vehicle. The poster of comments seems to be describing a hoon. Anyway, the poster keeps mentioning the hoon of the confusing vehicle being in the vicinity of Sharron's location as she was awaiting her boyfriend.
     


  2. Flinders

    Flinders Active Member

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    In The Sunday Mail newspaper today there is an article about Sharon with new information from her friend.

    She said Sharon did get a harassing phone call from a male but the friend didn't think to report it at the time.
     
  3. December

    December Verified insider - Kathy Jones case

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    I'm also suspicious of the boyfriend. He gets out his fainting couch and has his wife fend off reporters. Really?
     
  4. Aberline_1979

    Aberline_1979 New Member

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    Flinders, can you elaborate on this article a bit more? I'm very interested.
     
  5. Flinders

    Flinders Active Member

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    Hi Aber, Sorry I have taken a while to get back to you.

    I don't have the newspaper article as I put in the bin after 2 weeks. I can't find an online link to the article either.

    From memory there are 3 main suspects. One person from the Army bragging but they can't find evidence. A local sex offender was another one and again no forensic link. I can't remember the other one.

    The new information was from Sharron's flat mate. She has now said that there were harassing phone calls to Sharron from a male. At the time, she didn't think it was important to report this to the police.

    The sad part of the article to me was her father. He was on the road side asking drivers by for help. The police said he was causing a disturbance to traffic and was asked to stop. So sad that her father was feeling helpless.

    The other part that I noticed was that her car was moved off the road and left for several days without any forensic testing. There was heavy rain and a lot of clues may have been lost.

    The article can be purchased but from what I can gather, you have to know what page it appears in the paper.

    This is the front page on the newspaper on that day. http://m.thepaperboy.com/australia/sunday-mail/front-pages-today.cfm?frontpage=31620

    This is the page on which to order the article.
    http://www.newsphotos.com.au/infopage.asp?CatID=342&DocID=17&DocType=1
     
  6. Aberline_1979

    Aberline_1979 New Member

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    Thank you very much for that, Flinders. Yeah, I tried searching for the article online but no luck either. Never mind.

    I have to say that I have always been rather 'curious' about why the person/s who Sharron spoke to at the army barracks didn't allow her to use their phone. She wasn't drunk. Her story surely sounded 'reasonable'. Nobody had mobiles back then. Etc...

    Unlike anyone who was driving along the Ipswich motorway that night, the soldiers at the barracks would have had quite a while to think about whether or not they would attack her. They could have watched her walk back to her car, walk down to the train station, make her call there, and walk back to her car. Plenty of time to think things over...

    On the other hand, if a potential attacker is driving along the motorway, they would have only a short amount of time to decide to pull over and attack/abduct her...and then of course they would have to worry about driving the car AND keeping her restrained. So, while it's not impossible...it does seem "less probable".

    It's interesting, though. This is about the third of fourth article about the Sharron Phillips case that has been printed within the past couple of months. Is someone at the paper (or in the police, or elsewhere) pushing this along? Do they (whoever they are) think that there's a possibility that some people out there might be a bit more willing to talk about it these days?
     
  7. December

    December Verified insider - Kathy Jones case

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    Her father asking drivers for help as he stood by the roadside where she was last seen alive makes me cry. He was trying. I cannot believe someone complained. That is heartless. Well, unless they were the murderer. I wonder who did complain?

    Also, those soldiers... nothing with them makes any sense at all.
     
  8. TruthSeeker1

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    This is a very sensitive and special missing person's case.
    It is bigger than anyone can ever imagine. Now that Daniel Morcombe's missing person's case is closed, this case is one of the top four in QLD.
    Best not to believe the majority of what the media releases to the public.
     
  9. Strangeworld

    Strangeworld Well-Known Member

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    Welcome TruthSeeker!

    You sound like you know more about the case - can you add any specific details. The Sharron Phillips disappearance is very memorable for me and so many in the Brisbane/Ipswich area. I truly hope they have some leads.
     
  10. Saxons

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    I have always wondered about whether to post to this thread, as I dont really have any concrete information. In 1986/87 I was working as a casual pizza delivery driver to fund my uni studies. I worked for a franchise called "Silvios Dial a Pizza" and they had a small store on the corner of Wacol Station Road and Akenside Street. It was right in front of the Wacol railway station. Burned in my memory because as delivery drivers we always groaned if we got caught by the boom gate at the railway station if we had to head to western suburbs like Sumner Park.

    I am absolutely sure that directly opposite the store on Wacol Station Rd that there was a telephone box. Its still here on Google Street View.

    https://www.google.com.au/maps/@-27...ata=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1swbvMYOAY6uoaHuqA8r5YkA!2e0

    Would this have been where Sharron would have made her phone call from? I think the store was always open until 11pm and brightly lit. I have always wondered why she didn't come to the store? Or did it close a bit early (10:30pm) - I can't honestly remember. And I was only 18 at the time so can't really remember all the details. I didn't have "permanent" shifts so have no way of knowing if I was working that night or not.

    I do remember the Army Barracks clearly as we used to deliver there regularly, and that we had to stop at the box and get clearance from the guard at the gate. But the whole area around Wacol in those days was very dark and not very developed - hardly any street lighting or residential houses. We used to deliver to Redbank, Goodna, Gailes, and then all the Summner Park, Jamboree Heights and Jindalee areas. But I don't remember ever delivering to any residential address that was actually Wacol! In those days it was just the Wacol Park Asylum (for the criminally insane) on one side and the army barracks on the other. Seriously an awful place to run out of petrol.

    I still live in Brisbane, but in the inner CBD. On the rare occasion I go out that way, the roads have changed so much I have trouble picturing where her car was and where the phone box was.
     
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  11. PrimeSuspect

    PrimeSuspect Under the Milky Way

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    Your post brought back a lot of memories for me. I used to live at Red Hill and often bought a Silvio's Pizza up the road before they sold to Dominoes. Those were the best pizzas ever! haha

    I was a young one too at the time Sharron went missing, I was working at the Elizabeth Street exchange, '1100'. Sharron made 2 calls through our exchange, I know a call was put through to her boyfriend, I'm not sure about the second call. The police came to interview the lady that took those two calls.

    I didn't know Wacol that well, I'd only passed through a few times in the years I lived in Brisbane. It was pretty scary area back then as I remember. I just wished that Sharron had stayed on the phone but I suppose she thought help was on it's way and needed to stay at her car.

    I wonder where she is and what happened. :(
     
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    December Verified insider - Kathy Jones case

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    Maybe she saw what she thought was her boyfriend's car (a guy she hadn't dated too long) and went toward it... only to learn too late that it was not. Someone posted about a hoon or hoons driving cars that had been changed around so that they had the appearance of a different type of car than they actually were. That could cause her to make a mistake and do something illogical like walk toward danger... even if the hoons never touched her... such a mistake could make her decide to hang up the phone, for example.

    Interesting about the pizza place... Maybe something was parked in the way so her view of this much safer destination was blocked from sight.

    I still cry every time I think of her father alongside the road begging people to help him find her. This is why I hate human predators. She didn't deserve that and neither did her father.
     
  13. PrimeSuspect

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    While looking for more info, I found this site and Sharron is listed there -

    http://doenetwork.org/cases/613dfqld.html

    "The Doe Network" : International Center for Unidentified & Missing Persons'


    Road signs aim to solve mystery

    THE Sharron Phillips signs have been put back on the Ipswich Mwy, reminding drivers again of one of the city's most intriguing cases.

    She walked across the motorway to the Wacol Army Barracks but soldiers said there were no telephones she could use.
    After the QT ran a story to mark the 20th anniversary of her disappearance, an anonymous letter was sent to the paper saying Sharron was killed because she witnessed strange sex acts being performed at the barracks.

    http://www.qt.com.au/news/motorway-signs-drive-bid-to-solve-mystery/1256539/

    :shakehead: The soldiers turned her away?! Who does that?! :mad:

    I can't believe they didn't have a phone at the barracks?! It was only 11pm!
    Two soldiers could have escorted her to the road and waited with her if they won't let her use the phone. :thinking:

    Soldiers are often brought into to help search for missing people and here we have a case of soldiers, who denied to help a young woman in distress, and NOW is a missing person!!! :fishy: There is definitely something wrong with this story. JMO
     
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    A new article on this case...

    http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/south/bob-phillips-pleads-for-information-29-years-after-his-daughter-sharron-phillips-disappeared-at-wacol/story-fni9r1nj-1227360334737

     
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    Not much new I can think to say about this case at this time, except that it's pretty hard for just one person to attack someone, bundle them into a car, a drive off with them inside and (likely) trying to escape. Especially when this had to be an unplanned attack (i.e. driving along, see Sharron and her broken down car, and decide to carry out the abduction then and there).

    The other possibility, of course, would be a rogue soldier/s from the (former) Wacol Army base she visited. They would have had more time to contemplate attacking her, and would likely been able to have done so on their own, with their base a safe walk away. Only question in that case is what do they do with her body afterwards?
     
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    Aberline I agree about the army barracks denying she came there for help, its very very suspicious.
    This is so sad for Sharon's family. I had actually never heard of her case until reading this article, it's very intriguing. I hope it will be solved soon.
     
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    http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/que...ce-on-late-fathers-alibi-20160519-goytgy.html
     
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    Neither did I. :notgood: :thinking:

    Why have these siblings waited until their father died, he can't defend himself?! What was his motive? Even if he didn't have a solid alibi, why would he kill Sharon? It doesn't make sense!
    Sharon was an adult in a relationship. Did Bob engineer the breakdown? Was he stalking her, waiting to pounce? :facepalm:

    Imo, this was a opportunistic crime and it's sad to pin it on Bob. There's the perpetrator out there somewhere, the reward money shouldn't be issued for this flimsy bit of information.

    I am extremely skeptical about this and deathbed confessions, re: John Tessier (Jack McCullough) implicated by his mother for Mary Ridulph's murder.
     

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