Faye Kennedy was devastated by the theft of her daughter’s ashes, but is grateful for efforts to find them.
Faye Kennedy was devastated by the theft of her daughter’s ashes, but is grateful for efforts to find them.

Diedre's ashes still missing

IT HAS been more than eight months since the ashes of murdered Ipswich girl Deidre Kennedy were taken in a heartless burglary. However, police in charge of the investigation say they are no closer to finding out who was responsible.

Deidre’s mother Faye Kennedy was watching the NRL grand final at her son’s house in October when thieves broke into her Laidley home, taking the ashes, a baby bracelet, broach and a plaque.

Mrs Kennedy had kept a chest full of items as a memento to the life of her daughter, who was only 17-months-old when she was kidnapped, sexually abused and murdered in Ipswich in 1973.

Laidley Child Protection and Investigation Unit Detective Sergeant Jon Smy said police had exhausted every avenue in the investigation.

“There has been no fresh information – nothing substantial,” Sgt Smy said.

“We have very much exhausted every avenue we had to work on.”

That has included interviewing about 40 “persons of interest” in the case, with police quizzing individuals aged from their early teens to their mid-40s in the search for answers.

Police have also executed several search warrants.

Although devastated by the theft, Mrs Kennedy said she was grateful for the efforts of police and also for the support of the Laidley community.

A local group has raised $3000 as a reward to anyone who can provide information on the crime.

“I was hoping for a special Mother’s Day present this year – to hear that they’d found Deidre’s ashes – but it wasn’t to be,” Mrs Kennedy said.

Sgt Smy said it was vital that anyone with information contacted police if there was to be any hope of Mrs Kennedy having her daughter’s remains returned.

Anyone with information should contact the Laidley CPIU on 5466 8033.



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