Unsolved Cases

CASE TYPE: Missing, Murder
LOCATION: Ceduna
CASE DATE: November 13, 1974

Laula York (nee Ko-Ko)

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Laula York (nee Ko-Ko)

Rewards up to $200,000 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 Laula York (and/or leading to the location and recovery of the victim’s remains). 

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Laula York (nee Ko-Ko)
Missing presumed murdered

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Laula York, an indigenous woman of Yalata Mission (now the Yalata Aboriginal Community), was reported missing to Ceduna Police on 21 January 1975.
Laula was 32 yrs old and was in a defacto relationship with Maxwell John White, 39 yrs, at the time she went missing. She is described as 170 cm tall, of medium build, with brown eyes and black hair.
Police believe that Laula left Port Augusta with her two young daughters, Heather and Anne, on 13 November 1974, travelling to Ooldea to meet Maxwell White.
A short time after leaving Port Augusta, Anne returned to Yalata by herself. It is possible that at this time Laula and Heather travelled to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, to visit relatives. The visit to Kalgoorlie is unconfirmed. It is believed that Heather later returned to Yalata from Reid, Western Australia, by herself.
Laula’s disappearance remains unsolved and her current whereabouts are unknown.

Police suspect she has 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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