A man has pleaded guilty to the rape and murder of a Gold Coast woman nearly 40 years ago, putting an end to one of the city’s longest cold cases.
Troy James O’Meara appeared in the Brisbane Supreme on Monday morning, where he pleaded guilty to the 1983 rape and murder of 21-year-old Linda Reed.
Ms Reed was last seen alive while doing some shopping on her lunch break at Pacific Fair in Broadbeach.
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She was due to return to work at 1pm but never did, her body turning up in a creek bed in Gaven three days later.
Police believe she was abducted from the shopping centre and forced to drive to the location where she was raped, murder and abandoned.
Three years ago, Queensland Police made a huge breakthrough, matching microscopic skin samples found on Ms Reed’s body with Mr O’Meara’s DNA.
He would have been just 17 at the time of the killing.
O’Meara, now 54, will be sentenced shortly.