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LOCATION: South Para Bridge, Williamstown
CASE DATE: June 17, 1979

Alan Arthur Barnes


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Alan Arthur Barnes

Rewards up to $1,000,000 will be paid by the Government of South Australia, at the discretion of the Commissioner of Police, to anyone who provides information and assistance that leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suspected murder of Alan Arthur Barnes.

 REWARD up to $1,000,000

Alan Arthur Barnes

On Monday 18 June 1979, Alan Barnes, aged 17 years, was reported missing by his mother when he failed to return home after visiting a friend. On 24 June 1979, Alan’s body was found beneath the South Para Bridge, near Williamstown. Forensic examination revealed that Alan had died no more than 48 hours earlier. It is also known that Alan was not murdered in the area of the bridge but the exact location where he was murdered has never been determined. Additionally, it is evident that Alan had been washed and re-dressed after his murder. Toxicology tests showed Alan had alcohol and sedative drugs in his system.

Alan’s movements in the period between him being reported missing and being located are sketchy but there were some unconfirmed sightings of him in that time.  One sighting that is considered credible places Alan in the company of two other males on the evening prior to his body being located. These two males are known to police and are considered to be suspects for Alan’s murder.

Police believe this murder is associated with other high-profile murders commonly referred to in the media as the ‘Family Murders’.

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