Queensland police say they are not giving up on the investigation into the murder of a central Queensland woman 43 years ago, using new forensic techniques to test old evidence.
The body of cooking demonstrator Mima McKim-Hill was found in March 1967 in a waterhole 80 kilometres away from where her car was found abandoned, south of Gladstone.
Superintendent Brian Wilkins from the Homicide Squad says original evidence has been retested using modern forensic techniques, and a $250,000 reward is being offered.
Superintendent Wilkins says police followed two main leads at the time.
“There was a Ford Customline that was identified throughout the course of the investigations,” he said.
“Up to four males were seen in the vehicle, so obviously police are still interested in locating that vehicle and talking to the males that were in that vehicle.
“A truck that was carting tallow was also parked in the area where McKim-Hill disappeared. Police have obviously spoken to the driver of the vehicle.”
Superintendent Wilkins from the Homicide Squad admits it will be difficult to solve the murder after so many years, but it is important to provide closure for the victim’s family.
“People’s memories fading, witnesses forgetting what they in fact saw but we do have do have significant advances in our forensic capabilities in relation to re-examining forensic exhibits at the crime scene and in the vehicle.
“We also have significant advances in our evidence gathering capability, also the way we actually conduct investigations has advanced quite significantly in the last 45 years as well.
“We as Homicide detectives work very closely with surviving family members in relation to progress of our investigation and obviously it’s all about bringing justice to the family.
“Recently we solved a murder in the north coast area where the perpetrator we believe in fact deceased. We actually charged another offender with being an accessory after the fact.”