My say Everyone remembers Ivan Milat, the serial killer found guilty of killing all those backpackers in the Belanglo State Forest? Well that forest was combed inch by inch back in the early 1990’s as part of that investigation which uncovered nine bodies. Now all these years later a skeleton has been discovered…Is it another victim of Ivan Milat’s? Or could it be those of millionaire housewife Kerry Whelan, who was kidnapped and murdered in 1997 by family friend Bruce Burrell, but whose body had never been found.
The discovery of an almost intact skeleton on Sunday has sparked a frenzy of theories.
Given the remains were located in the notorious killing fields of Ivan Milat, police are not ruling out the possibility of another backpacker murder victim.
And as they wait for forensic experts to attempt to put a name to the bones, the families of up to 15 NSW women who vanished over the past three decades are wondering if the fate of their loved one will be revealed.
A trail bike rider discovered the skull, spine, pelvis and at least one femur lodged under a log in dense bush on Sunday close to an area known as Dalys Waterhole.
Police said the skeleton, and a clump of long hair lying next to it, was found in a section of the forest not previously searched as part of the backpacker murder investigation.
The exact site where the remains were found is outside the area combed by police when the bodies of Milat’s seven young victims from England, Germany and Australia were found in 1992 and 1993.
Like Milat’s victims, the remains were found beside a large fallen tree a short distance from a fire trail. The body may have been exposed by hazard reduction burning.
The trail bike rider said he knew it was a human skeleton the minute he saw it.The skeleton was found about 2km from where the bodies of Milat’s other victims were found.
The skeleton will today be given a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death and how long it had been in the bush.
- Bones found in Belanglo State Forest (news.theage.com.au)
- Police search forest after bones find (heraldsun.com.au)
- Belanglo bones ‘don’t fit Milat profile’ (news.theage.com.au)
- Belanglo remains do not fit ‘Milat profile’ (theage.com.au)
- Belanglo bones are human: NSW police (news.theage.com.au)
Milat is currently serving seven life terms for the murders.
It has long been suspected Milat may have been involved in several other killings and there is evidence to suggest he didn’t act alone in the Backpacker Murders.