New ev­i­dence in CQ mur­der case

Central Telegraph - - NEWS -

NEW ev­i­dence in the cold case mur­der of Mima McKim-Hill has fos­tered hope for a break­through in nam­ing the Rockhampton woman’s killer.

Yes­ter­day marked 50 years since Mima left on a work trip to Glad­stone, but never re­turned.

On March 9, 1967 it is be­lieved Mima was ab­ducted near Cal­liope, sex­u­ally as­saulted, mur­dered and left in bush­land near Biloela. She was just 21 years old.

The un­solved events that day have haunted Mima’s friend and for­mer co-worker Shirley Eldridge for decades, so much so, she doc­u­mented the orig­i­nal story and find­ings of a sec­ond in­ves­ti­ga­tion her book; Mima, a Case of Ab­duc­tion, Rape and Mur­der.

In the lead up to the 50th com­mem­o­ra­tion of her friend’s death, Shirley said the book had done the op­po­site of what she in­tended.

Rather than “put Mima to rest”, it had en­cour­aged peo­ple to come for­ward with new ev­i­dence.

Though in her 70s and “at peace”, Shirley plans to join Trevor Soren­son, another piv­otal fig­ure in re­open­ing Mima’s case in 2008, to present new find­ings to the Queens­land At­tor­ney Gen­eral in the hope of re­open­ing a sec­ond coro­nial in­quest.

For­mer Rockhampton res­i­dent Trevor had fol­lowed Mima’s story since day one, and en­cour­aged the Queens­land Police to rein­ves­ti­gate the case af­ter he met Shirley in 2007.

In 2009 the QPS named Mima’s killer, a South Aus­tralian tanker driver who had been in the Glad­stone area on March 9, 1967. How­ever, he died about six weeks be­fore de­tec­tives' planned visit, and no one has ever been con­victed for Mima’s mur­der.

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