Jessica Gaudie
Jessica Gaudie

Police push for coronial inquest into Coast murders

POLICE hope a new coronial inquest could help crack two of the Sunshine Coast's longest running murder mysteries - and find the body of murdered babysitter Jessica Gaudie.

Police are re-examining the disappearance of English backpacker Celena Bridge, 28, and Kenilworth teacher's aide Sabrina Ann Glassop, 46.

ABC reported on on Wednesday that two officers had been assigned to the case.

Detectives believes Derek Bellington Sam, who is serving a life sentence for murdering teenage babysitter Jessica Gaudie on the Coast in 1999 - is the only person of interest in the other two deaths.

The older women both disappeared on the Sunshine Coast around the same time as Jessica was killed.

Ms Bridge was last seen near Booloumba Creek Rd in Kenilworth on Thursday, July 16, 1998, and Ms Glassop was last seen at her home on the corner of Booloumba Creek Rd and Maleny-Kenilworth Rd on Friday, May 28, 1999.

Missing woman Celena Bridge
Missing woman Celena Bridge

The bodies of all three victims - including Jessica Gaudie - have never been found.

Detective Senior Sergeant Darren Edwards told the ABC  police had uncovered new leads.

"We may seek the assistance of a coroner for a possible further inquest to explore that new information," he said.

He said he hoped some witnesses may now be more willing to speak up.

"They had some fears at that time that made them hesitant to provide information. Those fears may be removed now."

Coast detectives reopened the cold case in July last year, appealing for information.

Mr Edwards said officers had been speaking to people from North Queensland, who had links to Sam.

"It is still a priority for us to get some disclosures by Sam as to the whereabouts of Gaudie's remains," Detective Senior Sergeant Edwards said at the time.

"Some people have been able to provide police with some new information, which will assist us with these inquiries."

Ms Bridge was last seen near Booloumba Creek Rd in Kenilworth on Thursday, July 16, 1998, and Ms Glassop was last seen at her home on the corner of Booloumba Creek Rd and Maleny-Kenilworth Rd on Friday, May 28, 1999.

Miss Gaudie went missing just three months later on August 28, 1999, from Burnside.

Anyone with information should phone the Sunshine Coast Criminal Investigation Branch on 5475 2444.



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