Advertiser Friday February 8 1998

Slain teen hunt widens

Police have been swamped with more than 50 calls from people offering information about the murder of Largs Bay teenager Heather Turner. The calls to police came during a week in which Major Crime detectives at first struggled to identify Heather, 16, after she was pulled out of a remote Pt Gawler creek on Saturday night. By mid-week it was established Heather had last been seen alive on Friday, January, 16, at the beachside suburb of Semaphore where she had met a girlfriend near the jetty. On Friday eight detectives invaded the district, doorknocking business operators and residents and handing out flyers in a bid to gain more clues. Police have also interviewed up to 50 of Heather's Friends and associates. A vital clue is considered to be a large black shoulder bag with a Tweetie-bird cartoon emblem on its front flap which Heather carried everywhere, but was not found on her body. Heather was last seen wearing a white crocheted beret, lace floral top, jeans and black lace up boots. Police are awaiting the results of detailed forensic tests and are yet to rule out the possibility Heather was picked up while hitching a ride to her Largs Bay home. The area where her body was found is notorious for being a dumping ground for stolen cars. A former Largs Bay Primary School, Taperoo High School and Findon High School Student, Heather had left school to work at the Welland Franklins Supermarket on Port Rd. Detectives admit to being baffled by many aspects of the crime, including the precise cause and time of death. Anyone with information should immediately phone Crime Stoppers on 1800333000

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