POLICE DIG AT DUMP
SCIENTIFIC exploration of the Bowen tip began yesterday in a bid to find new information on the disappearance and suspected homicide of Rachel Antonio almost two decades ago.
Speaking from the tip, Mackay Police District Detective Inspector Nikki Colfs said officers were examining one area in particular, a section in front of the ponds at the site.
She said the examination had been prompted by a former dump worker who had provided police with maps of the area.
The maps showed where he put the town’s rubbish the week the 16-year-old went missing in 1998.
Det Insp Colfs said by the end of the day police would have an idea of what the work had produced.
“It will depend on what they actually find, how long the refuse has been here, whether the refuse has been decontaminated through the last years,” she said.
“It’s quite a complex operation, but certainly today doing a bit will certainly give us a lot more indication of the age and the depth of the rubbish at that particular time.”
Det Insp Colfs said the examination was not a final bid to find Rachel Antonio, who was last seen on April 25, 1998.
“QPS are committed to finding the remains of Rachel Antonio and we certainly will continue to seek information from the public if they have any knowledge or any information that could assist police,” she said.
If you have any information call Policelink on 131 444.
LOOKING FOR ANSWERS: Police started exploration work at the Bowen tip yesterday in a bid to uncover new information about the disappearance of Rachel Antonio.