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The Disappearance of Leanne Beth Goodall

Leanne Beth Goodall, a captivating art scholar of twenty years, gracefully balanced her studies with a part-time position as a waitress at the renowned Ambassador Nightclub, locally hailed as “The Bass,” in the charming city of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia, during the year 1978.

Photographs of Leanne depict a young lady brimming with exuberance, radiating joy and zest for life. Her mother, Beth Leen, likened her to a graceful bird, for she possessed the ability to flit between social circles, yet always maintaining close connections. Leen, sharing her cherished memories, recounted to the Sydney Morning Herald in 2001.

After giving birth to four sons, Leen finally welcomed her beloved daughter, Leanne, into the world, followed by another blessing named Pamela.

The final time Leanne bestowed her mother with a tender kiss was on Boxing Day, December 26, 1978. Thereafter, four days elapsed, and she mysteriously disappeared, leaving no trace behind.

During the Christmas holiday, Leanne and her mother journeyed to Sydney to visit family, with plans to welcome the New Year among friends in the city. Yet, at the eleventh hour, Leanne altered her intentions without divulging the change to her mother.

Unbeknownst to her family, she embarked on a journey to Muswellbrook, nestled in the picturesque Hunter Valley, approximately two hours north of Sydney, to reunite with her brother Warren. On the afternoon of Saturday, December 30, 1978, Warren accompanied her to the Muswellbrook train station, witnessing her departure on a train bound for Newcastle at 1 p.m. In 1998, the Sydney Morning Herald reported that she confided her plan to spend the night at their mother’s residence in Belmont before venturing to Sydney for the New Year festivities and an extended stay. Belmont, an integral part of the city of Newcastle, would have hosted her first stop.

Regrettably, the evening at the Star Hotel became the final confirmed sighting of Leanne, as a former high school classmate attested to seeing her carrying a substantial bag that night.

For two weeks, Leen remained oblivious to her daughter’s absence, presuming she was enjoying her time in Sydney with friends. It was only when Warren inquired about Leanne’s whereabouts that Leen realized something was amiss. Learning that Leanne had never returned home, Leen grew deeply concerned, attempting to contact her daughter’s friends in Sydney, who revealed that she had never arrived there. With anxiety consuming her, Leen made her way to the Newcastle Police Station to report her beloved daughter as missing, to her dismay, finding little assistance.

The authorities initially brushed off Leanne’s disappearance, dismissing it casually, stating, “She’ll be back.” This lack of urgency caused distress for the grieving mother.

Months later, on a gloomy evening, eighteen-year-old Robyn Hickie, hailing from Belmont North, vanished after meeting a friend at the esteemed Belmont Hotel. On April 7, 1979, at dusk, she was last seen outside her residence on the Pacific Highway.

Soon after, on April 21, 1979, merely a fortnight apart from Hickie’s disappearance, fourteen-year-old Amanda Robinson disappeared. She was last seen while returning home from a school dance in Gatehead, near Lake Road in Swansea. According to a 1998 article, it was mentioned as George Street, and she had vanished a mere three doors away from her residence.

Subsequently, on October 12, 1979, Amanda Zolis, a sixteen-year-old from Hamilton, disappeared on her way to a Christian coffee shop in Newcastle. According to Doe Network, Zolis made a phone call to her father from New South Wales at 10:15 p.m., expressing her desire to venture to Queensland but lacking appropriate attire. Tragically, she never returned to Hamilton, and her whereabouts have remained a mystery ever since.

About Fehmeeda Farid Khan

A freelancer, blogger, content writer, translator, tour consultant, proofreader, environmentalist, social mobilizer, poetess and novelist. As a physically challenged person, she extends advocacy on disability related issues. She's masters in Economics and Linguistics along with B.Ed.

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