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Cold case appeal for witnesses

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The arrest of a 63-year-old Melbourne man last month in connection with the murder of Cheryl Grimmer.

DETECTIVES at the centre of the Cheryl Grimmer 47-year-old cold case murder are trying to locate key witnesses believed to be living overseas.

Late last month, officers attached to Strike Force Wessel charged a 63-year-old Melbourne man with the abduction and murder of three-year-old Cheryl at Fairy Meadow Beach in Wollongong.

In line with ongoing inquiries, Wollongong detectives are trying to locate a family that provided crucial statements to police at the beach on 12 January, 1970, the day Cheryl disappeared.

Peter William Aubrey Goodyear, then aged 37, his wife, Mavis, and daughters, Karen, aged six, and Jannette, aged five, were living at the Fairy Meadow Commonwealth Hostel at the time.

Mr Goodyear worked as a labourer at the John Lysaght Springhill metal works in the Illawarra before he moved his family to the ‘Biabi’ plantation on Kar Kar Island, Madang, Papua New Guinea in late 1970.

The Goodyears later returned home to England and were last believed to be living in Oxton in Nottinghamshire.

“We have been making inquiries with authorities in Britain in a bid to find Mr Goodyear, if he is still alive, to determine whether he can still assist our ongoing inquiries,” Detective Sergeant, Damian Loone, said.

“To date, those efforts have not been successful.

“We are keen to hear from anyone, here or abroad, who can help us locate the Goodyears,” Det. Sgt Loone added, “We will make the necessary arrangements to speak to them.”

Anyone with information about Peter Goodyear and his family is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Wollongong detectives on (02) 4226 7899.

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 Australian pubs and associated industries for over 30 years. He is 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 managed several community newspapers. He has been 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), the Sydney city newspaper, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW.


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