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CASE PROFILE – Patricia (Suzie) Schmidt

Posted on 18/12/2020

Three weeks after finishing her leaving exam at Seacombe High School 16-year old Patricia (known as Suzie) Schmidt got a job at a Burger King so she could buy her family Christmas presents.

On Tuesday, 14 December 1971, Suzie worked her first ever night shift, which she had requested because of the penalty rates.

On Saturday 18 December she worked her second shift. Her father was to pick her up when she finished but was running late so she decided to walk home.

At about 1.45am on Saturday 18 December 1971 the teenager was seen leaving her work at the Burger King Restaurant, on the corner of South Road and Marion Road, Darlington.

She was reported as a missing person at 9.30am that day after having failed to return home from work.

When she went missing she was wearing black lace up boots, hot pants, a red jumper and an orange coat.

At about 6.30pm on Saturday 18 December 1971, Suzie’s naked body was located partially hidden off Adams Road at Hallett Cove, south of Adelaide.

When she was found, she was only wearing the boots. The jumper and coat were draped over her body and her bra was hanging on a wire fence nearby.

There was evidence located at the scene that indicates she had been sexually assaulted before being murdered.

Despite promising leads, police have not had any major breaks in the case.

A reward of up to $1,000,000 remains on offer to anyone who provides 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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