On Friday, 16th January 1998, young schoolgirl Heather Turner spent her day at Semaphore Beach in the company of her friend, Kali Edmonds.
The adolescent had plans to walk back to Largs Bay, where she would meet another friend before returning to Kali’s residence. However, fate took an unexpected turn, and Heather found herself at a dwelling on Ashton Rd, Davoren Park, surrounded by a group of individuals in their twenties, numbering between four to eight.
The police believe that Heather intended to head home from that place but, tragically, she never arrived. The mystery deepened when, on 31st January 1998, her lifeless body was discovered partially submerged in a creek at Port Gawler.
The investigators are convinced that the key to solving Heather’s murder lies with the group of people she encountered that fateful evening. It appears she was killed at an undisclosed location, and her body was then moved to the Port Gawler area days before its discovery.
Notably, Heather’s personal belongings were found with her, but one distinctive item, her Tweety Bird shoulder bag, remains missing.
Reflecting on Heather, Ms. Edmonds fondly described her as cheerful, vivacious, and someone who cherished fun. Ms. Edmonds, the last reliable witness to see Heather alive, recalled that the young girl had expressed her assurance of being fine while heading home on that warm and lovely day. Tragically, Heather never made it back.
Days passed with no sign of Heather’s return, and Ms. Edmonds became increasingly concerned. When an unidentified body was found in the Port Gawler mangroves, Ms. Edmonds recognized Heather’s jewelry, leading her to alert Crime Stoppers. The events surrounding the 16-year-old’s disappearance troubled Ms. Edmonds deeply, pondering the terrifying prospect of encountering someone capable of taking her life.
Detectives in charge of the major crime investigations now suspect that Heather, after leaving Semaphore Beach, ended up at the demolished residence on Ashton Road in Davoren Park. They believe she was with a group of four to eight individuals in their twenties. Unfortunately, her intended return home never materialized.
The police believe that the others present at the residence that night possess crucial information that could lead to an arrest, urging them to come forward. The hope of solving Heather’s murder lies with those individuals, as they undoubtedly hold the keys to unlock the truth.
In an effort to encourage cooperation, a substantial $1 million incentive has been offered, with the aim of unveiling the truth and bringing solace to Heather’s grieving family. Ms. Edmonds lamented the shattered family and the countless sleepless nights endured by Heather’s mother over the past two decades, pondering the fate of her beloved daughter.