Hunt for Ringwood woman's killer leads police to WA

Date: 6 December 1994
Location: Victoria, Australia
Postcode: 3134


A major suspect in the killing of Ringwood woman Elisabeth Membrey has revealed what happened to her when she disappeared 15 years ago, police have been told.

Detective Inspector Bernie Edwards said a person who had been of interest in the case for some years and living in Western Australia was believed to have blabbed about his role in the unsolved murder.

‘‘We believe we are closer than ever before to actually solving this case,’’ he said.

Homicide squad detectives have been sent to the Western Australian town of Karratha where the suspect lives.

Detective Inspector Edwards said investigators believed the suspect had been talking to locals about what happened to the 22-year-old but had not divulged the location of her body.

‘‘If we get the evidence over there of what we believe that certain witnesses can give us, we are pretty confident of solving the case,’’ he said.

‘‘If this particular person of interest has spoken in relation to what occurred to Elisabeth, and his involvement in it, we want statements from them and we really want them to stand up and be counted’’.

Ms Membrey was last seen leaving the Manhattan Hotel in Ringwood, where she worked casual shifts, at 11.45pm on December 6, 1994.

Police discovered blood in her Bedford Road unit the next day and feared the worst, but her body has never been found.

The disappearance is being treated as an unsolved murder.

‘‘We are very passionate to solve this. I have spoken to Roger and Joy, that’s Elisabeth’s loving parents, and they have been living 15 years of every parent’s nightmare and we hope to fix that,’’ Detective Inspector Edwards said.

A $1 million reward was offered in 2006 for information that leads to a conviction. The reward is still available.

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