CRIME scene officers have found a woman’s dress and underwear buried beneath the former home of a young mother suspected to have been murdered more than 20 years ago.
Detectives from Strike Force Belonidae began excavating the Trow Avenue property in Katoomba where 19-year-old Belinda Peisley used to live, with forensic investigators finding female clothing, including undergarments, in Belinda’s size.
Homicide Detectives say they will now await results from comprehensive forensic examinations to determine if the clothing belonged to the missing mother-of-two, who was last seen leaving Katoomba Hospital in September 1998.
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“Yesterday’s find is of great interest to Strike Force Belonidae investigators” Detective Chief Inspector Grant Taylor said.
“We will await the results of the forensic analysis, which includes DNA testing, to determine whether new lines of inquiry can be explored.
“While we remain focused on the excavation under the house, we are renewing our appeal to the community for information that may assist our investigation.”
Despite extensive investigations and numerous ground searches by local police and the Homicide Squad over the years, Belinda has never been found.
Investigators initially identified numerous persons of interest and explored various lines of inquiry, which were tested during a Coronial Inquiry.
In 2013, the NSW Coroner found that Belinda had died around the time of her disappearance but returned an open finding on the cause and manner of death.
A $100,000 reward for information into Ms Peisley’s disappearance was announced in 2011.