Advertiser Thursday February 5 1998
Murder victim's classmates counselled
Grieving for a lost friend
Former classmates of murdered teenager Heather Turner were counselled yesterday after a special school assembly was told of her murder. Counsellors and social workers were called in to help the Taperoo High School students - some of whom had also been Heather's classmates at Largs Bay Primary School - cope with the grief. Heather 16, left Taperoo High at the end of 1996 before attending Findon High School for only a few days in term one, 1997. Until her disappearance she was working at the Franklins Supermarket at Welland. Taperoo High School principal, Mr Julian Lugg, described Heather as a well-liked student. "Certainly, she had lots of friends at the school" he said. "She was a friendly and pleasant student." Police yesterday tried to piece together the last hours of her life. They said Heather's Tweetie-Bird shoulder bag could be a vital clue in the hunt for her murderer. Heather's decomposing body was found by a routine police patrol in a remote creek at Port Gawler on Saturday night. The area is "notorious" as a stolen car dumping ground. The outgoing teenager was seen by a friend who meet her near the Semaphore jetty at noon on Friday, January 16. Police believe she may have tried to hitch a ride or walk home. She was wearing a white crocheted beret, floral lace top, jeans and black lace up boots. Despite the remote Port Gawler site's reputation, the murderer may have taken Heather there in his own car. Investigators have begun interviewing Heather's friends and associates. Yesterday, they had received about 20 calls from people offering "significant" information. Senior Sergeant Gerry Feltus, of the Major Crime Task Force, said police would explore the possibility that the murderer was familiar with the remote Port Gawler site. "We're looking at the correlation between the place where she was last seen, and the place where her body was found," he said. Heather's exact time of death remains unclear and it is also not yet known whether she was murdered at Port Gawler or her body was dumped there later.
Tweetie-bird bag may hold clues
Relatives and friends of Heather Turner have told police she carried her Tweetie-bird bag with her everywhere - but it was not found with her body. The large, black, shoulder bag had a Tweetie-bird motif on the front flap. Detective Senior Sergeant Gerry Feltus. of the Major Crime Task Force, said yesterday the bag may still be with the murderer or have been discarded elsewhere. "This bag is very significant - apparently she never went anywhere without the bag," Senior Sergent Feltus said. Anyone with information should phone Crime Stoppers on 1 800 333 000.
© The Advertiser written by Jeremy Pudney