Advertiser Friday February 7 1998

Police scour suburb over murder

Three weeks after 16-year-old Heather Turner vanished from Semaphore, police switched their murder investigation back to the seaside suburb yesterday. Major Crime investigators converged on Semaphore Rd and the Esplanade, where Heather was last seen alive on Friday, January 16. They also spoke to people living along the route Heather would have taken to walk to her Largs Bay home. She met a girlfriend near the Semaphore jetty about midday on that Friday.
Detective Senior Sergeant Gerry Feltus, of the Major Crime Task Force, said the same time and day of the week had been chosen for yesterday's doorknock of the district." We are working on the assumption that maybe people shop or come here at the same time every Friday," Senior Sergeant Feltus said. Eight Detectives spent about four hours talking to business operators and residents, asking whether they had seen Heather in recent weeks. They also handed out flyers featuring a picture of Heather and a distinctive black shoulder bag - with a Tweetie-bird motif on the front flap - which she carried everywhere but was not found with her body. The flyer also outlines her last known movements on January 16 and what she was wearing - a white crocheted beret, light-coloured top, jeans and black lace up boots. Heather's body was discovered two weeks later - in a remote Port Gawler creek. Senior Sergeant Feltus said police had interviewed as many as 50 of Heather's friends, associates and other people who might have information. They included people who believed they had seen Heather after the January 16 meeting. The officer in charge of tthe Major Crime Task Force, Superintendent Paul Schramm, said detectives were also awaiting forensic tests which could cast new light on the investigation. "We're still looking for a more precise cause of death and time of death" he said.

© The Advertiser written by Jeremy Pudney

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