A sign on the Ipswich Mwy at Wacol for missing person Sharron Phillips.
A sign on the Ipswich Mwy at Wacol for missing person Sharron Phillips. David Nielsen

Road signs aim to solve mystery

THE Sharron Phillips signs have been put back on the Ipswich Mwy, reminding drivers again of one of the city's most intriguing cases.

Sharron Phillips, then 20, was last seen about 11pm on Saturday, May 8, 1986, at a telephone box near Wacol railway station.

A person matching her description was seen by a number of people between the station and where her car was found, but she has not been heard from since and her body has never been found.

Her yellow Datsun Bluebird sedan ran out of petrol at the divide between Ipswich and Brisbane on the motorway.

She walked across the motorway to the Wacol Army Barracks but soldiers said there were no telephones she could use.

After the QT ran a story to mark the 20th anniversary of her disappearance, an anonymous letter was sent to the paper saying Sharron was killed because she witnessed strange sex acts being performed at the barracks.

After she left the army barracks, she phoned Martin Balazs, a man she met a few days earlier, and asked him to pick her up from a nearby service station.

Mr Balazs said he at first wasn't sure which service station to go to, then his car got a flat tyre.

After he got going he saw Sharron's car beside the road, but didn't see anyone so he drove home.

He was interviewed by police but was eliminated as a suspect.

Signs bearing Sharron's name were put both sides of the motorway near where her car was found but for some reason her name was misspelt 'Sharon'.

Main Roads said the signs were removed in late 2007 after consultation with Ms Phillips' father Bob.

"Mr Phillips was agreeable with the temporary removal, as long as the signage was reinstated at the same location as part of the upgrade," a spokeswoman said.

"There is one sign on either side of the Ipswich Mwy, just outside the concrete barriers.

"Additionally, the signs are in close proximity to the original signage location. The westbound sign is just before the Progress Rd exit, and in the eastbound direction, located just near the Progress Road on-ramp merge.

"As the Ipswich Mwy upgrade required a road realignment, the signs were not able to be reinstated at the exact location. It was a priority to ensure the signage was as close as possible to the original location."



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