DETECTIVES from the South Australia Police Major Crime Investigation Branch will be in the Wonthaggi area later this week taking statements from local residents in relation to the disappearance and suspected murder of Susan Goodwin in 2002.
Last week police announced the formation of Task Force Lincoln (full media release attached) and since that time there have been 28 calls/contacts to police/Crime Stoppers with information in relation to this matter.
Police have also distributed letters seeking information from Port Lincoln jail prison inmates and anyone under the supervision of Community Corrections in relation to the case.
Ms Goodwin has family and friends living in the Wonthaggi area.
Anyone who wants to speak with police about this matter while they are in the area, should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
South Australia Police (SAPOL) are going to new lengths to obtain information from community about the case.
Detective Superintendent Des Bray, the officer in charge of the SAPOL Major Crime Investigation Branch, was in Port Lincoln last week to detail the launch of Task Force Lincoln, a dedicated team of investigation and intelligence experts who will be assisted by Port Lincoln CIB and
Crime Stoppers.
The targeted campaign features five patrol cars being turned into mobile billboards highlighting the case, along with the distribution of posters and coasters, seeking information from the public.
“We believe this murder is eminently solvable,” Detective Superintendent Bray said.
The disappearance of Ms Goodwin on July 19, 2002 has been subject to a full case review as part of an ongoing cold case campaign by SAPOL called Operation Persist.
The review has evaluated all the evidence gathered by police through fresh eyes and had led to several new lines of inquiry in relation to the disappearance of the then 39-year-old.
“Our experienced investigators believe the answer to this case lies in the local community,” Detective Superintendent Bray said today.
“We want to ensure everyone on the lower Eyre Peninsula is aware of this case, and the fact that even the smallest detail may provide the breakthrough we need.
“We believe that she was murdered and that her body has been disposed of within a 30km radius of this town.
“To that end we have taken the unusual step of branding this case onto marked police cars and producing a series of posters and coasters which we will be distributing to businesses and local residents alike.
“We are asking that everyone consider where they were 15 years ago – did you know Susan? Did you see anything unusual? Do you have information that could bring this woman back to her family?”
A reward of up to $200,000 is available for information that leads to the recovery of Ms Goodwin’s remains or the conviction of those responsible for her disappearance and suspected murder.
“Please just call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 and can ask to meet with a ‘cold case’ investigator and we make further arrangements.”
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at https://crimestopperssa.com.au/