Years on, the agony remains
Heartbroken parents John and Sue Turner say they still hope their daughter’s killer will be caught, more than 25 years after she disappeared off the streets of Perth.
Mr Turner told The Weekend West that despite the passage of time, their heartache over 18-yearold Kerry’s unsolved murder remained.
After last week’s breakthrough in the Claremont serial killings case, Mr Turner said he wanted police to investigate any potential link between his daughter’s death and the murders of Jane Rimmer, Ciara Glennon and the suspected murder of Sarah Spiers.
“While it doesn’t make any difference to the end result, it would be nice to see someone brought to justice and so they can pay some recompense towards the crime that’s been committed,” Mr Turner said.
“I don’t think people realise how much heartache that there is, how people’s lives are destroyed, until it happens to them.”
Mr Turner said he expected the Glennon and Rimmer families would be feeling relief that someone had been charged with their daughters’ murders.
“But the closure wouldn’t come until there’s actually been a conviction,” he said.“There’s not a day gone by when we don’t think about or speak about our kids.”
Ms Turner vanished from Victoria Park on June 30, 1991 after a night out with friends. Her body was found in bush near Canning Dam a month later.
Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon also disappeared after a night out and their bodies found in the bush.
Mr Turner said police had previously told him his daughter had not been a victim of the Claremont serial killer.
“They said it was not linked around that time and I think they have maintained that but I’m not sure,” he said.
Mr Turner said he had not heard from police since Bradley Robert Edwards was charged just over a week ago with the wilful murders of Ms Rimmer and Ms Glennon, as well as two sex attacks.
He said he hoped police would investigate whether there was a link between Ms Turner’s death and the Claremont deaths and planned to contact them.
“I think with the advances with technology these days, they seem to be able to identify things that they couldn’t previously,” he said.
The childcare worker had been nightclubbing in the city with her best friend but decided to hitchhike alone to her friend’s house after they became separated.
She was last seen getting into a car that had stopped to offer her a lift on Shepperton Road in Victoria Park at about 5am.
A witness claimed Ms Turner had been picked up by someone in a dark blue car, similar to a Datsun 260C, which had spoked wheels.
Kate McMahon was 13 years old when her sister Sarah disappeared after leaving the reticulation shop where she worked in Claremont just after 5pm on November 8, 2000.
Police believe the 20-year-old drove her 1986 white Ford Meteor to the Bassendean area for a prearranged meeting, but never made it home.
Her family found her car in a carpark in Middle Swan days later, but Ms McMahon’s body has never been found.
At a 2012 inquest into her suspected murder, a man who is in jail for another violent crime was questioned at length but denied any involvement in her death.
Ms McMahon said she believed police would see if there was any link between her sister’s death and the Claremont serial killings, but she thought they were unrelated.
“It’s a lose, lose situation,” she said. “This ruins lives.”