RENEWED INTEREST: NSW Police have offered a $1
million reward for information into the 1997 murder of Lee Ellen Stace.
RENEWED INTEREST: NSW Police have offered a $1 million reward for information into the 1997 murder of Lee Ellen Stace. NSW Police Media

The investigation: 2 decades, no answer for Stace family

LAST week the NSW Police announced a $1million reward for any information relating to the murder of teenager Lee Ellen Stace in 1997. With the investigation gaining a renewed interest as a result, we look back at how the investigation has unfolded over the past two decades:

September 2, 1997: Lee Ellen Stace goes missing from Bi-Lo at Yamba Fair.

September 9: Police set up information bus and mannequin at Yamba Shopping Fair to try and gather information.

September 11: Police dogs from Sydney called in to assist more than 40 SES personnel from seven different units who are searching cane paddocks in the Palmers Channel area.

October 17: A Sydney doctor camping at Red Cliff stumbles across remains of a human body in dense scrub between their campsite and the beach. More than 100 SES personnel take part in search of 39sq/km area around Red Cliff.

October 19: A boot, cardigan, pair of underpants and a bra found near human remains two days earlier identified by parents as belonging to Lee.

October 22: Police receive 256 items of information. Fifteen detectives are on the case.

March 19, 1998: Middle-aged angler interviewed over the murder but released.

November 9, 2009: A two-week coronial inquest into the murder of Lee Ellen Stace begins at Grafton courthouse.

November 10, 2009: Three people are named as suspects in Lee Ellen Stace's murder: Gregory John Davis, Anthony Charles Apps and John George O'Leary.

November 16, 2009: A witness at the Coronial Inquest claims they saw a girl fitting the description of Stace near Bi-Lo, begin hitchhiking. The witness later saw her sitting in the cabin of a Holden HZ utility.

June 5, 2019: NSW Police announce a $1million reward for any information about the murder of Lee Ellen Stace.

Information sourced from The Daily Examiner archives.



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