Gold Coast man linked to disappearance of two girls 40 years ago

A Gold Coast businessman is reportedly being looked into over the disappearance of two girls in New South Wales 40 years ago.

Robyn Hickie and Amanda Robinson disappeared back in 1979, with authorities later confirming they’d likely died due to foul play.

Detectives have now identified a vehicle in which they believe may be linked to the suspected murder of both the girls, and have released an image of a similar vehicle, which is described as a distinct green-colour, mid-1970s four-door Holden Torana sedan.


Serial Killer Ivan Milat was initially considered the main suspect, though Newscorp has since reported that a 58-year-old Hunter Valley man – now living on the Gold Coast has been linked to the disappearances.

Lake Macquarie Police District Crime Manager, Detective Chief Inspector Greg Thomas, said this is a significant new lead in the investigation of these cases.

“We are hoping anyone who was living in the Lake Macquarie region in the late 1970s may have a recollection of this Holden Torana, in particular in the month of April 1979.

“We understand it’s been 40 years since Robyn and Amanda’s disappearances, however, we are seeking assistance from anyone who may even have moved to a different state or who may have some memory of this vehicle to come forward to police – you can remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers if you wish.

“It may seem like small or insignificant information from decades past – but it could help investigators solve these cases,” Detective Chief Inspector Thomas said.

Investigations under Strike Force Arapaima continue.

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