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More people suspected in the abduction and murder of Richard Kelvin

Posted on 09/06/2020

This month marks 37 years since teenager Richard Kelvin was abducted at about 6.15 p.m. on Sunday 5 June 1983 from a laneway off Ward Street, North Adelaide. This was about 300 metres from his family home.

Witnesses from the immediate vicinity heard the sounds of raised voices coming from the area. As a result, investigators are convinced that more than one person was involved in Richard’s abduction.

A car with a loud exhaust was heard to drive away. That car has never been identified.

The 15-year old is believed to have been held captive at an unknown location for approximately five weeks.

On 24 July 1983 a family was searching for moss rocks near a dirt airstrip at Kersbrook when they located Richard’s body.

Similar to the Alan Barnes murder, there were indications that Richard had been washed and dressed after death. His toxicology results showed the presence of alcohol and sedative drugs.

Bevan Spencer von Einem has been convicted of the murder of Richard and remains in custody at this time. However, investigators are convinced that more than one person was involved in Richard’s 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 is on offer for a conviction in this case.


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