News

Persons of interest must front inquest

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

THE brother of one of two nurses who were brutally raped and murdered at Murphys Creek in 1974 is elated a court has publicly named seven persons of interest.

The murders of Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson, 20, and Wendy Evans, 18, have remained a cold case for 38 years.

A total of 28 people will be called as witnesses when a third coronial inquest into the nurses' deaths opens at the Toowoomba Coroner's Court on April 8.

A pre-inquest conference held in Brisbane on Wednesday identified persons of interest Desmond Roy Hilton, Allan Neil Laurie and Terrance James O'Neill who will be called to give evidence.

Four deceased persons of interest, Allan John Laurie, Wayne Hilton, Donald Laurie and Larry Charles, were also identified.

Lorraine's brother Eric Wilson said he was glad the persons of interest had been named.

"All I wanted to hear was the names of these mongrels, broadcast to the world," Mr Wilson said.

"That was wonderful.

"Now they can feel the full light of the community. People can look at them differently.

"It's just a shame Mum wasn't around to hear it."

Lorraine's mother Betty Wilson, 86, wrote a letter to the state coroner in May requesting a third inquest.

Sadly, she died three days after writing the letter.

Mr Wilson will travel from his New South Wales home to attend the inquest in April.

"After 38 years, 28 people are going to give testimony to what they heard, what they saw," he said.

"The community and everybody who supported us deserve to get answers.

"I'm looking forward to it. It will be good to look those people in the eye."

Miss Wilson and Miss Evans were holidaying in Queensland when the pair decided to hitchhike from Brisbane back to Goondiwindi where Miss Wilson's car was being repaired after breaking down.

They were last seen struggling with a group of men on the Toowoomba Range.

Their skeletal remains were found by bushwalkers in 1976.

A $250,000 reward remains for the unsolved murders.

Anyone with information is urged to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

THE EXPERT: Stop judging working mothers

SUPER MUMS: Being a working mums comes down to perfecting time management.

"WORKING for money is all right; so is working because you want to.”

OPINION: How to prepare your child for day care

Your kids will love childcare, but it may take some adjusting.

GETTING your child ready for day care is vital.

MUMS' TOP 5: 'Musts' to have on your childcare checklist

SOME FALL SHORT: Organisations that train childcare workers will be subjected to extra audits.

SENDING your child off to day care can be daunting and confusing.

Health and nutrition with kids - how do you balance it?

HOW important is health and nutrition in your household?

Smack or no smack - where do you stand?

THE debate is reignited - is smacking acceptable?

Technology and kids: Do you ever cut their wi-fi?

Check out our new video series featuring mums having a chat

Teen driver injured in crash with pole

Police car. Photo: Alistair Brightman / Fraser Coast Chronicle

Car blocking road after crashing into pole

Police release CCTV images of bottle store robbery

Police conducted patrols of the area but were unable to locate the two men.

Two men fled hold up with a sum of cash

Graham serves five titles in seven days

TITLE DEFENCE: Ipswich tennis player Archie Graham defends his world number one ranking with a gold medal (insert) at the INAS World Tennis Championships in Delaware.

Ipswich tennis star defends world No.1 title

Latest deals and offers

Vivid timelapse

Screenshot from timelapse of Sydney's Vivid Festival

This timelapse shows Sydney's Vivid Festival

Mayor Paul Pisasale on the federal election

Mayor Paul Pisasale.

Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale on the federal election

2016 Rosewood Show

Thousands of people passed through the gates to enjoy all the fun and entertainment...

Three bedroom, 1100sqm block: Is this Qld's cheapest home?

BARGAIN BUY: Is this North Bundaberg property the cheapest home in Queensland?

Becoming a real estate mogul is all about risk and reward

PROPERTY BOOM: Coast prices set to skyrocket

Like other areas in south-east Queensland, the Sunshine Coast is at the start of the upturn on the property clock.

Values predicted to rise 25-33%