Years on, the agony re­mains

The West Australian - - NEWS - An­gela Pow­nall

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.”

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