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CASE PROFILE – Laula York (nee KO-KO)

Posted on 15/11/2021

Laula York, an indigenous woman of Yalata Mission (now the Yalata Aboriginal Community), was reported missing to Ceduna Police on 21 January 1975.

She was 32-years old and in a defacto relationship with 39-year old Maxwell John White at the time she went missing.

She is described as being 170 cm tall, medium build, with brown eyes and black hair.

Investigators believe that Laula left Port Augusta with her two young daughters, Heather and Anne, on 13 November 1974, travelling to Ooldea to meet Maxwell White.

A short time after leaving Port Augusta, her daughter Anne returned to Yalata by herself.

It is possible that at this time Laula and Heather then travelled to Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, to visit relatives, but that has never been confirmed.

It is believed that Heather later returned to Yalata from Reid, Western Australia, by herself.

Laula’s disappearance remains unsolved and her current whereabouts are unknown. She is suspected to have been murdered.

A reward of up to $200,000 is on offer to anyone who either provides information leading to the recovery of her remains or information leading to a conviction in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at



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