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CASE TYPE: Murder
LOCATION: Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
CASE DATE: August 25, 1973

Joanne Ratcliffe

REFERENCE NUMBER: MCIB CM89/504

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Joanne Ratcliffe

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 murders of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon (and/or leading to the location and recovery of the victims remains). 

REWARD up to $1,000,000

Joanne Ratcliffe & Kirste Gordon
Abducted presumed murdered

The disappearance of Joanne Ratcliffe, aged 11 years, and Kirste Gordon, aged 4 years, is one of the State‰’s most notorious crimes.

Joanne and Kirste attended a football match at the Adelaide Oval on 25 August 1973. There was a substantial crowd in attendance. The girls had left the Edwin Smith stand to go to the toilet. A short time later when they had not returned Mr Ratcliffe had gone looking for them. The girls have not been seen or heard of since.

It is believed the girls were removed from the oval. An identikit of a man was produced and is the one that has featured regularly since the disappearance.

Police suspect they have been murdered.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on
1 800 333 000, on-line or email an investigator.



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