Author Topic: The three Beaumont children disappearance from a beach at Adelaide in 1996.  (Read 7330 times)

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Offline John

Jane (9), Arnna (7) and Grant Beaumont (4) were three siblings collectively known as the Beaumont children who disappeared from Glenelg Beach near Adelaide, South Australia on Australia Day, 26 January 1966.

Their case resulted in one of the largest police investigations in Australian criminal history and remains one of Australia's most infamous cold cases. The huge attention given to this case, its significance in Australian criminal history, and the fact that the mystery of their disappearance has never been explained, has led to the story being revisited by the press on a regular basis. It is also viewed by many social commentators as a significant event in the evolution of Australian society, with a large number of people changing the way they supervised their children on a daily basis.

On Australia Day, 26 January 1966, a hot summer day, the children took a five-minute bus journey from their home to the beach; they had taken a similar trip to the beach the day before. Jane, the eldest child, was considered responsible enough to care for the two younger children, and their parents were not concerned. They left home at 10am and were expected to return home by 2pm. Their parents became worried when they had not returned and called the police at 7:30pm.

Police investigating the case found several witnesses who had seen the children near the beach, in the company of a tall, blond, thin-faced man, of thin to athletic build and in his mid-30s.  The children were playing with him, and appeared relaxed and to be enjoying themselves. The man and the children were seen walking away from the beach some time later, which the police estimated to be around 12:15 pm. 

At about 3 pm the children were seen walking alone, away from the beach, along Jetty Road, in the general direction of their home. The witness, a postman, knew the children well, and his statement was regarded as factual. He said the children had stopped to say hello to him, and seemed cheerful. Police could not determine why the reliable children, already three hours late, were strolling alone and seemingly unconcerned. This was the last confirmed sighting of the children. It has been suggested that the postman was mistaken on when he encountered the children, and that he actually met them before noon.

« Last Edit: March 03, 2015, 05:00:00 PM by John »
A malicious prosecution for a crime which never existed. An exposé of egregious malfeasance by public officials.
Indeed, the truth never changes with the passage of time.

Offline Wonderfulspam

Beaumont children: police call off dig after finding only animal bones

Fri 2 Feb 2018

Hopes of a breakthrough in Australia’s most enduring cold case are dashed after excavation at factory site draws a blank

Excavation at a factory site in Adelaide has been called off after failing to find the remains of the three missing Beaumont children who have been missing since Australia Day 1966.

Police were following a fresh lead in their search for nine-year-old Jane, seven-year-old Arnna and four-year-old Grant who never returned to their Glenelg home after setting off for an afternoon at the beach.

But the dig on Friday at the site at North Plympton uncovered only animal bones, said chief superintendent Des Bray, dashing hopes of a major breakthrough in Australia’s most enduring cold case.

“I can confirm that we have searched the areas of interest and reached the bottom of those areas and gone well below so that we can be 100% certain,” Bray told reporters gathered at ther site . “I can confirm we have found bones of various animals, but there has been nothing human located on the site.

“Sadly this means for the Beaumont family that we still have no answers. But we will always do anything humanly possible to locate the Beaumont children and take them home to their family.”

Attention was focused on a small section of ground at the site where recent scientific tests revealed the possible presence of a large hole dug there around the same time the three children went missing.

The children’s disappearance 52 years ago sparked a huge search, but they were never found.

In 2013 new information focused the investigation on a factory west of Adelaide, after two brothers told police they had spent the 1966 Australia Day weekend digging a large hole there at the request of the owner, Harry Phipps.

Phipps died in 2004, but his son, who accused his father of years of sexual abuse, believed he had a part in the crime.

He also bore a resemblance to an identikit picture prepared at the time, and lived close to Glenelg beach.

An excavation at the North Plympton site in 2013 found nothing, but police now believed they may have been digging in the wrong spot.

Detective chief inspector Greg Hutchins, one of the officers leading the search, said police had been regularly in touch with the children’s parents, Jim and Nancy Beaumont.

“Clearly the parents of the three Beaumont children have suffered significantly over the last 52 years,” he said.

A range of experts watched the dig, including a forensic anthropologist, a criminologist, crime scene examiners and officers from the major crime division.
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Offline kergulen

I doubt "Jane's boyfriend" was that old. He'd have to be fairly young and cute. He was young enough for Jane and Arnna to have "puppy love" about him.

Too old, and Arnna wouldn't have used the term "boyfriend" - she would have seen the guy as a "grown-up" like her father.