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car, stran­gled her and left her in Ca­role Park.

He claimed he re­turned on the Satur­day night to bury her at the bot­tom of a stormwa­ter drain, dig­ging un­til he “hit ce­ment”.

Ian came for­ward in 2016, prompt­ing po­lice to con­duct a search of the drain. That, in turn, re­sulted in a cou­ple com­ing for­ward to re­port see­ing strange ac­tiv­ity in the same place days af­ter Shar­ron had dis­ap­peared.

The cou­ple told po­lice they had seen a taxi parked on the side of the road with the driv- er’s door and pas­sen­ger’s door open and the lights on. Think­ing that the driver had been robbed, they stood by the car dis­cussing what to do.

A neigh­bour joined them for a while but then re­turned home.

Af­ter 10 min­utes, as the cou­ple was about to leave, they told po­lice the driver emerged from the bush car­ry­ing a white shovel.

They de­scribed him as 5’6” (166cm), very overweight, bald on top but with dark hair on the sides and back with olive skin, pos­si­bly Greek or Ital­ian. They said the man looked like ac­tor Danny DeVito.

The man had his shirt un­but­toned, was sweaty and car- ry­ing a white shovel with a flat head.

When they asked if he was OK, the man replied “can’t a man go for a s---?” be­fore driv­ing away.

On his deathbed, Mul­vi­hill told his son he “nearly got caught” the night he buried her, de­scrib­ing the same white shovel that he’d been car­ry­ing.

“The day that he moved Shar­ron Phillips, he was

caught by the side of the road,” Ian said.

“A guy said ‘mate, what are you do­ing?’ ”

Ian said his fa­ther told him to go to po­lice with the Ca­role Park lo­ca­tion be­cause it was time to “give the girls back”, claim­ing that Shar­ron was not his only vic­tim.

Po­lice searched the drain but be­lieve it had been cleared some time around 2001.

MUR­DER HUNT: Signs in the 1986 quest for a killer, Ray­mond Mul­vi­hill, the phone booth, Shar­ron Phillips, horse­back search.

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