Deceased taxi driver named as Brisbane woman Sharron Phillips’ murderer

UPDATE @ 11.00am: After a three decade long investigation, Queensland Police believe they have finally identified the person who killed Brisbane woman Sharron Phillips – the only problem is, he died 15 years ago.

Detective Damien Hansen announced the major cold case breakthrough at a news conference on Friday, naming Raymond Peter Mulvihill as Ms Phillips murderer.

Mulvihill was a taxi driver for Ascot Taxis. He passed away in 2002.


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“If Raymond Peter Mulvhill was alive today, he would be arrested for the murder of Sharron Phillips,” Detective Hansen said today.

Qld detectives made the breakthrough after a member of the public came forward to police in May 2016 and identified Mr Mulvihill as a person of interest.

Detective Hansen said officers had gathered enough evidence to back up information received from the tip off last year.

It will now be passed onto the coroner.

Ms Phillips was last seen at a telephone booth near Wacol Station Road at Wacol around midnight on May 9, 1986.

Police say the 20-year-old had used the phone to seek assistance after her yellow Datsun Bluebird ran out of petrol.

Her body has never been found.

Police say they will continue to investigate whether anyone else was involved in the murder, and appealed for anyone with information to come forward.

If you have information for Police, please contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using their online form 24 hours per day.

You can also report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24 hours per day. Crime Stoppers is a registered charity and community volunteer organisation.

EARLIER @ 9.00am: Homicide Detectives are expected to today announce a significant breakthrough in the murder investigation of Brisbane woman Sharron Phillips.

Ms Phillips was last seen at a telephone booth near Wacol Station Road at Wacol around midnight on May 9, 1986.

Police say the 20-year-old had used the phone to seek assistance after her yellow Datsun Bluebird ran out of petrol.

She has never been seen since.

Following a lengthy and complex investigation spanning three decades, police from the Homicide Group will brief media today on the investigation.