Lee Ellen Stace, who was killed 12 years ago.
Lee Ellen Stace, who was killed 12 years ago.

Court hunts Lee Ellen’s killer

A CORONIAL inquest that will shed light on one of the Clarence Valley’s biggest mysteries – who killed Brooms Head teenager Lee Ellen Stace – will hear evidence from more than 50 witnesses when it opens in Grafton Court House on Monday.

Lee Ellen Stace disappeared on September 2, 1997, after she finished her shift at Yamba Bi Lo.

It is believed she attempted to hitch-hike back to Brooms Head and may have been picked up by her killer.

Her remains were discovered at nearby Red Cliff 47 days later.

A police investigation that has remained open ever since has not made an arrest, although there are a number of theories about who Lee Ellen’s killer might be.

Detective Tony King, who has handled the Stace case for a number of years, will give evidence at the inquest. It’s expected he will be on the stand for the best part of two days.

Detective King said he hoped the inquest would reveal new evidence as the stories from each witness reveal more about Lee Ellen’s fate.

“As the stories come out about what happened that day, hopefully it will give the evidence some more clarity,” he said.

The inquest is scheduled to last for two weeks.

On Saturday The Daily Examiner will publish an interview with the Stace family and throughout the inquest will publish daily accounts of the proceedings.


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