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New information in Cheryl Grimmer mystery


Cheryl Grimmer with her father

DETECTIVES investigating the abduction and possible murder of a three-year-old Wollongong girl, 47 years ago, are seeking the public’s help to follow up new information.

Investigators from the Wollongong Local Area Command are trying to locate former staff and residents of the Mount Penang Training School, on the state’s Central Coast, stretching back to the early 1970s as they re-investigate the kidnapping of Cheryl Grimmer.

Cheryl was abducted outside the change-rooms of Fairy Meadow Beach on 12 January 1970, and has never been seen since.

Officers from Strike Force Wessel are re-examining the case and focussing on information that someone associated with the Mount Penang boys’ home in that era might have valuable details about the case.

“We have had a large response from the public since our renewed appeal for information last December,” Wollongong Crime Manager, Brad Ainsworth said.

“The investigation is definitely progressing and it’s appropriate that we follow up various leads to determine whether they’re relevant to the case,” Detective Inspector Ainsworth said.

“One of those lines of inquiry means someone associated with the boys’ home back then might be able to help us.”

Anyone with information about the case is urged to contact Wollongong Detectives on (02) 4226 7899 or through Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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