New evidence in CQ murder case
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.