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CASE TYPE: Murder
LOCATION: Port River, Garden Island
CASE DATE: May 13, 2000

Melissa Brown

REFERENCE NUMBER: MCIB CM00/29

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Melissa Brown

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 Melissa Brown (and/or leading to the location and recovery of the victim’s remains).

 REWARD up to $1,000,000
(Melissa Brown)

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 Rosemary Brown.

REWARD up to $200,000

(Rosemary Brown)

 Melissa and Rosemary Brown
Missing presumed murdered & murdered

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Rosemary Brown, aged 33 years, along with her daughter Melissa Brown (also known as Melissa Trussell), aged 15 years, and Rosemary’s son, were residents of the Windsor Gardens Caravan Park. On 3 May 2000 they were evicted due to unpaid rent and complaints of youths loitering around their caravan. They moved from their caravan into the caravan of another park resident, Mark Nicholls, at his invitation.

Three days later, on 7 May 2000, all four were evicted from the caravan park and slept at the Garden Island boat ramp in Mr Nicholls’s caravan. The following day, Rosemary arranged for them to stay in the yard of a friend’s home in Blair Athol in Mr Nicholl’s caravan.

Mr Nicholls was the last to see Rosemary and Melissa, at about 1.30 a.m. on Saturday 13 May 2000, when they left the caravan on foot to find Rosemary’s son.

Rosemary’s handbag was discovered later that day in Stirling Street, Northfield, although it was not handed to police until 23 May 2000 following a media appeal in relation to the missing women.

On Sunday 2 July 2000, Rosemary’s body was discovered in the mangroves at Garden Island.
Melissa has never been found and is suspected to 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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