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Case profile – Peter Collins

Posted on 23/05/2022

The badly beaten body of Peter Collins was discovered in Pinks Lane Adelaide on Wednesday 23 May 1984.

The 41-year old furniture salesman had suffered serious head injuries.

Police believe theft was a likely motive for the attack, as his clothing had been disturbed and boots and watch were missing.

The missing items were located a number of days later at a nearby pawn shop.

Mr Collins was last seen in the early hours of 23 May 1984 at the Green Dragon Hotel on South Terrace, Adelaide with two men one. One was aged in his 50s and claimed to be a priest from Melbourne.

These men were not known to be regulars at the hotel and were not known as associates of Mr Collins.

While Mr Collins left the hotel at about 1.40am on the morning of his murder, his movements between that time and when his body was discovered at about 7.30am remain unclear.

Investigators did identify two suspects in relation to Mr Collins’ murder, there was not enough evidence for them to be charged with murder. Both have since died.

A reward of up to $200,000 remains on offer for information that leads to a conviction in this case.




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