Gordana Kotevski: Case of kidnapped 16-year-old Newcastle girl reopened

Date: 24/11/1994
Location: , Australia
Postcode: 2300


In July 2000 New South Wales police intensified their investigation into abduction of Gordana Kotevski almost six years ago.

On November 24, 1994, 16-year-old Gordana was kidnapped as she walked to her aunt`s house from a suburban Newcastle shopping centre.
**It is believed Gordana was abducted from outside her aunt`s house at about 8.45pm.**

Sonia Simonovic, Gordana`s aunt, said she heard screams outside her house, followed by more than one muffled male voice.

When she looked down her driveway she saw a white Toyota Hilux drive away towards the Pacific Highway.

A short time later, when Gordana hadn`t arrived Mrs Simonovic looked outside and found her niece`s torn plastic shopping bag containing her purse, a new item of clothing and socks on the grass verge outside her home.

**No trace was found of the attractive schoolgirl, despite a massive police search at the time.**

In 1999, almost five years after the abduction, checks were again carried out on vehicles similar to that used in her kidnapping. Owners of around 300 white Toyota Hi-Lux 4WD`s were contacted by detectives, making inquiries and asking to inspect their vehicles.

The white Toyota Hilux remains a major focus in the investigation.

In 1998 the Strike Force Fenwick was set up to investigate the disappearance of up to 20 young people from the Newcastle area over a 20-year period.

**The disappearance of Gordana is the only remaining case still being actively investigated by Strike Force Fenwick.**

On July 29, 2000 police forensic scientists cordoned off the street out Mrs Simonovic`s home. Detectives met with the parents of Gordana days before the reconstruction operation took place.

According to a report in Sydney`s __The Daily Telegraph__, investigations in recent months had provided police with "some very good information."

It has also been revealed that six witnesses have recently undergone hypnosis in an attempt to help police with their investigations.
**One of the witness was able to able to provide a description of suspect seen seated in the rear of the white Hi-Lux as it sped away.**

Police have released an identikit of the suspect and have called the public to help identify him.

Reward information

A reward of up to $100,000 may be payable for information leading to an arrest in relation to Gordana`s disappearance.