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CASE PROFILE – Alan Arthur Barnes

Posted on 18/06/2021

On Monday 18 June 1979, teenager Alan Barnes, was reported missing by his mother when he failed to return home after visiting a friend.

On 24 June 1979, the 17-year old’s body was found beneath the South Para Bridge, near Williamstown.

Forensic examination revealed that Alan had died no more than 48 hours earlier. It is also known that he was not murdered where his body was found but the exact location of his murder has never been determined.

His body had been washed and re-dressed after his murder and toxicology tests found that he had alcohol and sedative drugs in his system.

Alan’s movements in the period between being reported missing and his body being located have remained sketchy, with a number of unconfirmed sightings of him in that time.

One sighting considered to be credible places Alan in the company of two other males on the evening prior to his body being located.

These two males are known to police and remain suspects in the murder.

Police believe this murder is associated with other high-profile murders commonly referred to in the media as the ’Family Murders’.

A reward of up to $1,000,000 remains on offer for a conviction in this case.

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