WITNESSES to the unsolved shooting murders of three young travellers in Queensland more than 40 years ago have been urged to contact police as part of a fresh appeal for information.
The bodies of Gordon Twaddle, 21, Karen Edwards, 22, and 31-year-old Timothy Thompson were discovered close to the dry bed of Spear Creek near Mount Isa in October 1978.
Autopsies revealed the trio had been shot in the head with a .22 bullet.
They had travelled to Mount Isa from the Northern Territory by motorcycle and planned to travel down the east coast to meet family in Melbourne at Christmas.
Along the way, they met a man and were seen with him in a brown and white Toyota Landcruiser leaving Moondarra Caravan Park.
It was the last time they were seen alive.
“We have reviewed thousands of pieces of information,” cold case detective Tara Kentwell said on Saturday.
“However, today we are launching a fresh appeal to encourage new witnesses and those who have already spoken to police to make contact with us.
“We are particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have seen a male motorcyclist who befriended the group and joined them on their travels between Frewena and Mount Isa.”
The victim’s dental records were distributed nation-wide, but police are still searching for the offenders.
A $250,000 reward remains on offer for information, with police hopeful the fresh appeal will lead to a breakthrough.
© AAP 2019
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