Lee Ellen Stace.
Lee Ellen Stace. Daily Examiner

Inquest into Lee Ellen's murder

A CORONIAL inquest is to be held into the death of Brooms Head teenager Lee Ellen Stace more than 12 years after her murder.

Grafton detective Tony King, who has spent years investigating Lee Ellen's murder, is in the Coroner's Court in Sydney this week preparing material for the inquest.

He said the inquest would be conducted by deputy state coroner Carl Milovanovich at the Grafton courthouse starting November 16.

It was expected to take two weeks.

Lee Ellen went missing on September 2, 1997, after finishing a shift working as a checkout operator at the Bi-Lo complex in Yamba.

She was working to save money for a trip to Dreamworld on the Gold Coast.

It is believed Lee Ellen started hitchhiking home after work, but never arrived.

Searchers combed the Clarence Valley trying to find the missing teenager, with police even making a model, dressing her in the clothes Lee-Ellen was thought to be wearing, and putting the model beside Yamba Road in an effort to jog people's memories.

It was 47 days after she went missing that her remains were uncovered by campers in bushland at Red Cliff, just north of her Brooms Head home.

Despite the posting of a $100,000 reward 12 months after the murder, the killer has not been found.

The family remains convinced that someone in the Clarence community has information that might help find Lee Ellen's killer.

In 2005 her father, Peter Stace, told The Daily Examiner that people had given information to his mates and they would tell him.

“I ask them why these people won't go to the police with the information,” he said.

“They say these people don't want to get involved.

“They are involved.

“Everyone is.

“If they can tell information second hand and third hand, why can't they tell it first hand to the police.

“They are not going to get in trouble.”

Each year on Lee Ellen's birthday the family visits a small memorial erected at Red Cliff.

Last year her mother, Robyn, said the family was doing its best under extremely difficult circumstances.

Lee Ellen would have turned 28 on July 21.

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