Kiwi sought as Sydney bar case re-opened
Police searching a Sydney hotel for blood traces 29 years after a barman went missing on his 21st birthday want to talk to a New Zealander who was working at the hotel at the time.
Marcus Wayne Allcorn was last seen around 1am on January 29, 1980, when he finished a night shift at the Imperial Hotel on Oxford Street in Paddington, ABC reported.
Detective Sergeant Karol Blackley said police now want to talk to a New Zealand man, John Brown, who also worked at the bar.
"We believe he moved on to other hotels working," she said. "Obviously, the name, John Brown, is fairly common and at the time it was difficult to track down Mr Brown."
"We are seeking again to locate Mr Brown and allow him to give some evidence about the background of Marcus. . . and the circumstances at the time."
Police said Mr Brown was not a suspect, only someone who had valuable information.
An actor playing Mr Brown featured in a re-enactment of Mr Allcorn's disappearance on a TV programme, Australia's Most Wanted, nine years after the disappearance.
According to the TV show, days after Mr Allcorn disappeared Mr Brown found Mr Allcorn's car with keys in the ignition near The Gap at Watsons Bay, a common suicide location.
But police yesterday said no such car belonging to Mr Allcorn had been found.
Police have stated both yesterday and in the years after Mr Allcorn's disappearance that they did not believe Mr Allcorn took his own life.
Officers who suspect Mr Allcorn was a victim of foul play have returned to the pub to use technology that was not available at the time of the disappearance to look for traces of blood.
"We used Luminol examination, which can be used in identifying where DNA and blood might be located," Ms Blackley said.
She could not say if traces of Mr Allcorn's blood were found during the examination.
The case was reopened in 2007, when police formed Strike Force Christine to investigate.
"He was a happy go-lucky young man, with everything to live for," Ms Blackley said.
"He expressed no unhappiness at all and just disappeared without a trace."