Tip comes in on missing teen

AN ANONYMOUS tip off may hold the key to the murder of a NSW teenager who went missing 15 years ago.

Jessica Small, 15, has not been seen since she and a friend attempted to hitch a ride home from a Bathurst games centre on October 26, 1997.

The friend told police she and Jessica had been picked up by a man driving a white Holden Commodore sedan who later pulled over, turned off the head-lights and assaulted both of them.

While the friend managed to flee, Jessica was left behind.

Homicide detectives are now calling for a witness who has previously phoned Bathurst police anonymously with information relating to the case to make contact again.

The witness told police of a former workmate in the Bathurst area who owned and then disposed of a white Holden Commodore about the time of Jessica's disappearance.

Investigators believe a male employee at the Oberon Timber Mill was present at the Amuse Me centre on October 26 that year and might be able to shed light on the investigation.

Past and present mill employees were canvassed last year.

This week, detectives from Strike Force Carica II will fly to Western Australia to continue their investigations.

Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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