Two decades on in hunt for Kathleen’s killer
Posted on 25/07/2020
It has been 20 years today since the brutal bashing death of Hamley Bridge woman, Kathleen Durdin.
The well-presented, independent 91-year old – who had lived in Hamley Bridge for more than 40 years – was killed in her Gilbert Street home and found on Wednesday 26th July 2000.
She was not only repeatedly hit in the head, but was left with defensive injuries to her arms and hands as she tried to protect herself from the blows.
A fingerprint and partial palm print found at the property are considered critical evidence, but despite checking dozens of people, no match has been found to date.
A number of people of interest have been identified who were either in the area or known to frequent the town on occasions.
The murder weapon has also never been located and there is no clear the motive for the murder.
Cupboards and drawers at the home were opened, with property and clothing strewn about the floor, but cash and jewellery were left behind by the offender.
The victim was found close to her favourite chair by a relative who attended at the address at the request of a Meals on Wheels volunteer.
A $200,000 reward remains on offer for anyone providing information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or people responsible for her death.
Anyone with information that might assist should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au
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