UPDATE: A man has been charged with the alleged abduction and murder of 6-year-old Kylie Maybury in November 1984.
Homicide Squad Cold Case detectives charged the 73-year-old Waterford Park man with murder, rape and false imprisonment overnight.
He appeared at an out of sessions hearing and has been remanded to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court today.
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Kylie was last seen buying sugar at a corner store about 5.30pm on Tuesday 6 November. The following morning, Kylie’s body was found dumped in a gutter in Preston.
EARLIER: Cold Case detectives have today arrested a 73-year-old man following the abduction and murder of 6-year-old Kylie Maybury in 1984.
Police say that Kylie was with her mother visiting their neighbour at home in East Preston, Melbourne when she was sent to a nearby shop to buy sugar about 5.30pm on Tuesday 6 November.
It is believed Kylie bought the sugar and was last seen walking home.
About 12.45am the following morning, Kylie’s body was found in a gutter in Preston.
Investigators are hoping two anonymous callers who called the police with information will come forward.
The first witness called police on 21 November, 1984, in regards to a Holden Kingswood station wagon that they asserted was involved in Kylie’s death.
The second caller to Crime Stoppers in May, 1997, nominated a person of interest that may be able to assist with the investigation.
At the time of Kylie’s disappearance her neighbour, Lorna Simpson, was searching for Kylie at the corner of Gregory Grove and Plenty Road in East Preston when she was approached by a young Italian girl.
The girl, who has been described as Italian in appearance, young, slim and attractive, told Lorna she saw a girl fitting Kylie’s description in a white station wagon and a man was driving the vehicle.
Detectives are appealing for this girl, who would be a woman aged in her 50s now, to contact them.
Police have released an image of Lorna Simpson in the hope the Italian woman may recognise her and recall speaking to her on that day.
Investigators have also released an image of a similar vehicle described by witnesses.
The Waterford Park man remains in custody, assisting detectives with their enquiries.
A reward of up to $1 million will be paid at the discretion of the Chief Commissioner of Police for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person or persons responsible for the abduction and murder.