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Lachlan Local Area Command

Envelope Clue In Missing Woman Case

Police investigating the disappearance of a woman from near Parkes eight years ago are appealing for the author of a handwritten letter containing details of the case to come forward.

Detectives from Lachlan Local Area Command formed Strike Force Ullswater in 2001 to investigate the disappearance of the then 40 year-old Gunningbland woman, Judith Young.

She was last seen in 1999 on a property at Gunningbland approximately 30km from Parkes.

Since that time, Police have conducted numerous searches of properties in the area but have failed to find any trace of her.

A possible sighting of her was made last year in Darwin, but that was unable to be verified.

Detective Senior Constable Scott Baker from Strike Force Ullswater said a possible breakthrough came in May this year, when investigators were sent a letter regarding Mrs. Young’s disappearance.

“The handwritten letter contains details about her disappearance and we are of the opinion it could have only come from someone with intimate knowledge of the case.” Det Snr Cst. Baker said.

“We believe it is genuine and it has undergone forensic examination.”

“At this stage, for various investigative reasons we are not at liberty to divulge the letter’s contents, suffice to say it is vital we speak with the author.”

“We are also appealing for anyone who recognises the handwriting to give us a call.”

Anyone with information about Mrs. Young’s disappearance should immediately contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.


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