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The unsolved murder of Leo Daly

Posted on 06/04/2020

Leo Daly has not been seen since the morning of 5 April 1998.

The 33-year old was last seen at his home address at Mitchell Park by his house mate.

Police believe that Mr Daly was in fear for his life in March 1998 due to drug debts.

The petty criminal, who was also involved in the drug world, is believed to have been bashed in April 1998 at a Mitchell Park house by two men before being taken to sea off Cape Jervis and dumped overboard.

The motive for his murder was apparently a $1000 drug debt.

His body has never been located.

In 1999 two suspects were arrested and charged with Mr Daly’s murder. These charges were later withdrawn when a key witness refused to give evidence.

Both persons remain suspects in this matter.

One of the suspects is also believed to be involved in the disappearances and suspected murders of David McWilliams, Robert Pendergast and 15-year old Juan Morgan.

Police believe that there are probably only three people who know what happened in relation to each of these four men.

Part of the reason these cases remain unsolved is because the information about the disappearances is tightly held by a criminal group who were mostly committing theft, re-birthing stolen vehicles and drug trafficking.

There is a total of $1.6 million available in rewards in connection with Operation Jarrah – not just for information leading to the conviction of the person responsible but for recovery of the remains of these four men.

A reward of up to $200,000 is on offer to anyone who provides information that leads to a conviction for the suspected murder or the recovery of Leo Daly’s remains.

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


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