Media Releases

Crime Stoppers South Australia plays an active role in media, promoting unsolved crimes and encouraging people to provide information anonymously with the option of a reward.

Make sure to visit here regularly for our latest news and information.

To be kept up to date follow us today

Follow us on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to watch clips of our latest campaigns and feature crimes.

CASE PROFILE – Lina Marciano

Posted on 01/03/2022

Adelaide teenager Lina Marciano was last seen alive on 1 March 1978 – and while there is a strong suspect in this case, more is needed to charge the man with her murder.

At about 6.40pm on that day, the teenager left home on her blue and white Honda motorcycle to attend Greek dancing lessons at the Nailsworth Primary School.

While the 19-year old never attended that lesson, her motorcycle was located nearby in the Kentucky Fried Chicken car park opposite the Nailsworth Primary School.

Adding to the mystery, her helmet has never been recovered.

It was not until several days later, at about 9.30am on Saturday 4 March 1978 when her bound and gagged remains were found wrapped in a brown curtain in the Roy Amer rubbish dump on Magazine Road at Dry Creek.

The student teacher had been strangled, stabbed in the chest and bludgeoned with multiple blows to the head which had knocked out teeth.

It is thought that the attack was random, because it was only the second time Lina had attended the school for dancing lessons.

It is also likely that she was grabbed in the school grounds and murdered in one of the classrooms at Nailsworth Primary School.

A breakthrough in the case came in 1992 when a woman closely linked to the suspect made contact with police and provided vital information implicating him.

In a disturbing twist, that woman – who had been working as a cleaner at the Nailsworth Primary School – was subsequently assaulted on four separate occasions and told to “keep her mouth shut’’ by her unknown attacker.

In 2005, investigators searched a 100sq/m area in the grounds of Waldorf School at Mt Barker, where a classroom from Nailsworth Primary School was relocated in 1983. That classroom was dismantled in 2002 and the timber, including floorboards, was to be used for projects. It was hoped that the search would uncover Ms Marciano’s missing teeth, which may have been lodged between the floorboards. None were located.

While there is a strong suspect there is not enough evidence to charge the man with her murder. The now elderly man has been interviewed on several occasions and has provided a DNA sample.

A reward of up to $200,000 is on offer to anyone who provides information that leads to a conviction in this case.




YOU MAY ALSO LIKE TO READ

CASE PROFILE – Melissa Brown

16/05/22 | Article, Media Releases

Teenager Melissa Brown (also known as Melissa Trussell) is suspected to have been murdered. The 15-year old was with her…

READ MORE

COLD CASE – David Whiteford

10/05/22 | Article, Media Releases

David Whiteford was shot and killed in a robbery gone wrong at an Edwardstown hotel. The 26-year old had been…

READ MORE