Murder – Heather Turner (18-94)
Nearly 21 years after her death, Heather Turner’s best friend has a simple message for a group of people SA Police believe have not told the full truth about the teenager’s murder: “It’s time to stand up and make a difference.”
The body of the bubbly 16-year-old was found dumped at Port Gawler on 31st January, 1998, with the investigation into her death still an open, unsolved case.
Kali, Heather Turner’s best friend, last saw her on the 16th January, 1998, and had the difficult experience of calling Crime Stoppers two weeks later when she recognized jewellery shown in a television news report about an unidentified body located at Port Gawler. Along with experienced investigators she has issued an appeal for those who have key information to speak up now, giving some peace to Heather’s family who has been waiting more than 20 years for answers.
Police have revealed that in the days after Kali last saw her friend, they believe Heather was at a gathering at a property at Ashton Road, Davoren Park, from about midday on 18th January until the next day. Between four and eight people were at the property during the relevant period, with investigators of the view they have crucial information in this case.
Kali, who remembers Heather as a happy, vibrant teenager who just wanted to have fun, has a simple message for those people: “It’s time to stand up and actually take action. There’s family that’s been shattered and a mother that’s lain awake for 20 years wondering what happened to her beautiful daughter. I say it’s time to stand up and make a difference. Have the courage, be brave and come forward to help a family heal. One person could make a huge difference in this. I understand that people have fears and reservations…but 20 years have passed now and I would say they should revisit those reasoning’s and see if they are still valid.”
Detective Brevet Sergeant Shaun Osborn, from Major Crime, also urged anyone with information in connection with the unsolved murder of Heather Turner to come forward and speak with investigators. “I believe those people who have knowledge are the keys to assist us to solve a murder”, he said. “Police have tools and avenues available to assist people who have fears and reservations about coming forward. We believe Heather left the house, in the company of other people, with the intention of going home but she never made it.”
Police believe the teenager was murdered at an unknown location with her body moved to Port Gawler area several days before her body was discovered. She was fully dressed in the items of clothing she was last seen wearing on Friday, 16th January, 1998, however the shoulder bag she had with her over the weekend – a distinctive Tweety Bird bag – was missing and has never been recovered by police.
A reward of up to $1,000,000 is offered for information in this case leading to the apprehension/conviction of the person or people responsible for Heather’s murder.
Anyone with information about the murder of Heather Turner is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, report online or via the App.