Case Date: June 5, 1983
Location: Airstrip, Kersbrook
Richard Kelvin, aged 15 years, was abducted at about 6.15 p.m. on Sunday 5 June 1983 from a laneway off Ward Street, North Adelaide. This was about 300 metres from his family home.
Witnesses from the immediate vicinity heard the sounds of raised voices coming from the area. As a result, investigators are convinced that more than one person was involved in Richard’s abduction. A car with a loud exhaust was heard to drive away. That car has never been identified.
Richard is believed to have been held captive at an unknown location for approximately five weeks. On 24 July 1983 a family was searching for moss rocks near a dirt airstrip at Kersbrook when they located Richard’s body.
Similarly to the Alan Barnes murder, there were indications that Richard had been washed and dressed after death. Richard’s toxicology results showed the presence of alcohol and sedative drugs.
Bevan Spencer von Einem has been convicted of the murder of Richard and remains in custody at this time. However, police are convinced that more than one person was involved in Richard’s murder.
Police believe this murder is associated with other high profile murders commonly referred to in the media as the ÛÏFamily MurdersÛ.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on
1 800 333 000, on-line or email an investigator.
Reference Number: MCIB CM83/25
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