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'Persons of interest' in 1974 murder to appear at inquest

Police search in the Murphys Creek area following the murder of two Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans in 1974.
Police search in the Murphys Creek area following the murder of two Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans in 1974. The Chronicle Archives

THREE men identified by police as "persons of interest" in the brutal cold case murder of Sydney nurses Wendy Evans, 18, and Lorraine Wilson, 20, will give evidence when an inquest opens in April.

They are the only surviving suspects of a police investigation that has spanned almost four decades since the womens' disappearance in 1974 and the gruesome discovery of their bodies dumped in bushland at Murphys Creek, near Toowoomba, two years later.

Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans were murdered in the Murphys Creek area in 1974.
Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans were murdered in the Murphys Creek area in 1974. The Chronicle Archives

A pre-inquest conference in Brisbane yesterday identified persons of interest Desmond Roy Hilton, Allan Neil Laurie and Terrance James O'Neill would be called to give evidence when it opened before State Coroner Michael Barnes in Toowoomba on April 8 next year.

Counsel assisting the Coroner Craig Chowdhury also identified now deceased Allan John Laurie; Wayne Hilton; Donald Laurie; and Larry Charles as persons of interest in the case.

An inquest in 1985 ruled the women met with "foul play" after their bodies were found in bushland on June 26, 1976 with skull fractures and marks consistent with being bound with the cord of a venetian blind.

>>Read the full story at the Courier Mail

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