Advertiser Friday February 13 1998

New leads in murder cases

A second sighting of murdered teenager Heather Turner has given police a new lead in the baffling case. Detectives investigating the killing now believe the last sighting of the 16-year-old may have been in Semaphore on Saturday, January 17. They want to speak again to a man who rang Crime Stoppers last week, claiming to have picked up a hitchhiker called Heather the same day. The man said Heather had flagged him down on Main North Rd and he dropped her off near Burton Rd. Heather's body was was found in a remote creek in Port Gawler on January 31. That time lapse - and apparent lack of motive for the crime - is one of the most difficult aspects of the investigation, according to Detective Senior Sergeant Gerry Feltus. Wearing a white crocheted beret, a stretch floral lace top, jeans and lace-up boots, Heather met a girlfriend near the Semaphore jetty on January 16 about noon. It is unknown what she did for the rest of that day - or where she spent the night - but, when she was seen in the same area the next day, police say she may have been wearing the white top, in which she has been pictured, and a white skirt. Senior Sergeant Feltus said the police had received two reported sightings of heather on January 17, She was seen in Semaphore Rd. and at a railway crossing near Wills St About midday, carrying a large black bag with a Tweetie-bird emblem. Police have not released an exact date or cause of death but they believe Heather "came to some harm" later that day.

© The Advertiser written by Anna Cock

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