Monday September 23 2013
– Police will today announce a $100,000 reward in a bid to solve a cold case of a teenager who vanished in Melbourne more than 30 years ago.
Kim Teer was hitchhiking around Australia when she went missing in Victoria between September and October in 1979.
The 17-year-old was staying with two friends in East Melbourne when she allegedly argued with the couple and walked off into the night.
She was never seen or heard from again.
Homicide Squad detectives believe Kim was murdered and will offer the money to entice anyone with information to come forward and finally give Kim’s mum, Colleen Holding, some peace after 32 years.
“As an investigator, we know when there is an unsolved homicide there is someone waiting by the phone for news,” Detective Leading Senior Constable Phill Gynther said. “It will be most satisfying to be able to ring Colleen and let her know what happened.
“I cannot fathom the depths of grief she has suffered every day for the past 32 years and that she’ll continue to, until she knows what happened to her only child.”
The couple, who last saw Kim alive, have told police a row broke out over an item of clothing and she packed up her stuff and left the Simpson Street unit at night saying she would go to South Australia. The couple, who had a child together, are now separated and live in different states.
“We believe there is someone out there who has information that can solve this case,” Detective Inspector John Potter said. “Circumstances change and people’s lives change.
“Someone who may not have felt comfortable coming forward with information previously may now be in a position to do so.”
Kim wrote letters to her mum each week as she travelled around Australia. The alarm was raised when mum Colleen did not hear from Kim leading up to and after her 18th birthday on October 15th, 1979.
“I know something dreadful happened, just as I did all those years ago,” Colleen said.
“The pain never goes away. It’s a feeling of despair. I just want it resolved one way or another, to know what happened and where.
“I am envious of parents who are able to bury their children. I doubt I’ll ever be able to, and that’s something that haunts me every day of my life.”
Kim left her home near Port Macquarie, NSW, with a friend and her border collie.
– Jon Kaila