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Holland murder probe may take months

Leanne Holland.
Leanne Holland.

QUEENSLAND police say the investigation into the murder of Goodna schoolgirl Leanne Holland has been re-opened, however it may take several months.

Speaking to media this afternoon, Assistant Commissioner Ross Barnett of State Crime Operations Command said Queensland Police were searching for any evidence that may have been missed in the initial investigation.

"Cold case methodology is that you look at all available sources of evidence," he said.

"We are very fortunate in this case that the original house has not been renovated at all. So it's essentially as is at the time of that terrible crime.

"It presents us with a unique opportunity to go back and have another look and see if there are things that were missed originally that we can now capture as a result of the advanced technology."

Assistant Commissioner Barnett said forensic science had improved in the past 20 years and new technology might yield new evidence.

"In terms of DNA and blood we now have the ability to enhance and amplify samples that are in a crime scene and record them effectively, so that's the process we are going through."

Forensic officers yesterday started re-examining the former home of the 12-year-old girl who went missing 19 years ago.

The officers are looking for fresh evidence into who killed Leanne.

Graham Stafford was jailed for life in 1992 for Leanne’s murder, but had his conviction quashed by the Court of Appeal in December.

A police spokeswoman said forensic officers started examining the Alice Street home in Goodna yesterday and would stay for several days.

Queensland Police Commissioner Bob Atkinson announced on May 8 that there would be a review into the investigation, which would include re-interviewing witnesses and forensically re-examining exhibits.

A spokesman for Attorney-General Cameron Dick said he had already stated publicly that he would give full and proper consideration to any formal requests by Mr Stafford.

“No formal requests for compensation have been received to date. These remain matters for Mr Stafford to consider,” the spokesman said.

When Mr Stafford’s conviction was overturned he said he was determined for the case into Leanne’s death to be re-opened.

“I will be pushing for the investigation to be re-opened because someone is out there who is responsible for Leanne’s murder and should be behind bars,” he said.

Listen to audio from the Leanne Holland police media conference:

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