Brother’s sus­pi­cion and quest for clo­sure

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“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.

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