Brother’s suspicion and quest for closure
“a set of circumstances that are not true”.
“That is one scenario we are looking at,’’ Det Bvt Sgt Mason said. “Either that or she has been killed by another person, most likely that she knew, in Adelaide after she had returned from Minlaton.’’
Detectives have interviewed the man she was having an affair with and he has been co-operative. While he is not considered a person of interest, he is still on their radar.
Detectives also have an unconfirmed sighting of Ms King at the White Horse Inn at Bolivar on the night of July 7, but this is uncorroborated.
While some information has been provided by the public, it has been spasmodic. Last year information was provided that nominated another person as being involved. That is still being investigated as part of the current review.
Despite the lack of information from the public, detectives are confident there are people in the community who may be aware of what happened to Ms King.
Major Crime officer-incharge Detective Superintendent Des Bray said this proved the case following the recent breakthrough in the Colleen Adams murder case at Maitland, when people contacted police after her remains were found.
“Their information was extremely valuable and would have assisted at the time she vanished 45 years ago,’’ he said. “That could well be the case here, so if there are people in the Minlaton community who have knowledge of this we would like to speak with them.’’
Detectives are particularly interested in anyone who may know how Ms King’s Toyota Corolla came to be at her Brahma Lodge home.
“Either it was brought back to Adelaide by someone assisting the offender or she drove it herself. Confirming either of these possibilities could change the direction of the investigation,’’ Det Supt Bray said.
Mr Upton could not be contacted by the Sunday Mail.
A $200,000 reward is available for anyone with information on Ms King’s murder or that leads to the location of her remains. PETER King has been waiting for answers for 21 years. Like detectives hunting the killer of his older sister Gail, he has his suspicions of who may be responsible, but they are just that.
“It is frustrating. I know the police are doing all they can, but it is still frustrating,’’ said Mr King, below. “My views on who may be responsible have not changed, although there might be others involved.’’
Mr King, 45, said a person had contacted his wife Cathy through Facebook and provided information which detectives were investigating.
“Every little bit of information will help. Hopefully one thing will lead to something else,’’ he said.
“It is clear there are people in the community, particularly around Minlaton, who may know what has occurred. I would appeal for anyone who has any information to contact police, no matter how insignificant they think it might be.’’
Mr King said many aspects of the case puzzled him, such as whether Gail did in fact return to Brahma Lodge. While he is longing for closure so his family can move on, he said he often remembered Gail as a “caring person”.
“That was evident from the work she chose to do as a carer.’’
Sadly, Gail’s parents, Wilfred and Joyce, died before finding out what happened to their daughter.
“This is something that impacts generations of people in the family, so some closure would be good,’’ Mr King said.
MYSTERY: Gail King, right, is presumed murdered after her car was found at her family’s Brahma Lodge home, above. LEFT: Ms King’s partner Marvyn Upton and children Bethany and Tyson not long after she disappeared.