Murder – Darren Shannon, Dylan Lindsay and Lily Schettini (18-59)
It has been a year since $1 million dollar rewards were offered by the South Australian government in relation to the unrelated murders of Lily Jean Schettini at Smithfield Plains in 2010 and Dylan Robert James Lindsay at Port Lincoln in 2004, as well as the disappearance of Darren Shannon from Elizabeth West (now known as Davoren Park) in 1973.
Lily Schettini (first two pictures) was found unresponsive in a bedroom at a Smithfield Plains home in 2010. She died as a result of blunt head trauma which is consistent with her having been shaken, assaulted or having fallen. Investigators believe she died as a result of an injury inflicted by one of four adults. “Lily lived at the home with her sister, her mother and her mother’s defacto partner, but that night there were also two visitors – a man and a woman – at the address,” Detective Senior Sergeant Mark McEachern, from Major Crime, said. “We believe she was assaulted by one of those people, but we have insufficient evidence to charge anyone at this time. This family was not known to the authorities, however police have concerns about the care of the children in the lead up to this death.”
Dylan Lindsay (third picture) was found dead at a property in Ellen Street, Port Lincoln on Sunday 28 March 2004. Investigators say he was found with visible abdominal injuries after a serious assault. Someone attempted to disguise his injuries by using a texta to cover the bruising and marks. Along with his older sister, Dylan had been left in the care of friends at the Ellen Street property by their mother who was struggling with drug and alcohol issues. There were three other children at the house that night and varying reports of the movements of adults and children, with at least one report of loud yelling by a man in the area of the property early on Sunday. “About 8am one of the adults approached the other and said ‘there’s something wrong with Dylan’ – they then run to neighbours because they don’t have a phone, and seek assistance,” Detective Brevet Sergeant Bengel said. Two people were arrested in May 2004 in connection with Dylan’s death, but the case was later dropped as there was no reasonable prospect of conviction based on the evidence as it existed at that time.
Darren Shannon (right hand picture) was taken on the 9th June, 1973, from an address at Blackdown Street, Elizabeth West (now known as Davoren Park) by his father John Shannon during an access visit and never seen again. Two hours after taking the baby John Shannon was killed in a head on collision with another vehicle on Main North Road, just south of Roseworthy. A search of the vehicle and crash scene failed to locate the baby. Despite extensive searches by police and significant local and national media coverage Jason Shannon was not located. Investigators believe that prior to the collision Jason was either murdered by his father and the body disposed of at an unknown location or Jason was given to a friend or relative to raise in secret.
Anyone with information about any of these children is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, report online or via the App.