Debbie Ashby -
Computer Generated Image - Age 18
Generated Image - Age 25
Generated Image - Age 30
Haunted: After almost 30 years Mary Ashby is hoping someone will
come forward with information about her daughter Debbie's disappearance.
Picture: Anna Warr
Debbie Marie ASHBY
1971 - 16 years when missing
Debbie Ashby was last seen at Campbelltown,
Sydney on 9 October, 1987, 2 days after her 16th birthday She left
her home at 1pm and stated that she was going to a friend's house. Debbie
had taken no clothing and has not been seen since.
Parents and police have
fears for her safety.
Reported missing to: Missing Persons Unit.
Debbie Ashby was last seen leaving her family home at Leumeah in
Sydney's west on 9 October 1987. Debbie left her home at 1pm and
stated that she was going to a friend's house. Debbie didn't
take any clothing with her and has not been seen since. She was
16 at the time of her disappearance.
A rebellious teen, she had experienced threats at school and had
wanted to move schools before leaving school for good. The last
her family heard from her was a phone call a few days after she
left home, saying she was all right.
If you have information that may assist police to locate Debbie
please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Reward of $100,000 to solve disappearance of Debbie Marie Ashby
A $100,000 reward is offered for information leading
to an arrest and conviction for the
persons responsible for the death of
Debbie Marie Ashby.
Ms Ashby was last seen leaving her home on 9 October
1987 at Leumeah in Sydney's West.
Debbie, who was born on 7 October 1971, was 16 at
the time of her disappearance and has not been heard from since.
A coronial inquest determined that Ms Ashby died on,
or after, 11 October 1987.
The inquest also recommended that:
A reward be offered for information that may lead to an
arrest and conviction
That the death of Debbie Ashby be referred to the Unsolved
The Police working on this case have exhausted every
avenue of investigation and can only move forward if provided with
Police have produced computer generated images of Ms
Ashby at the ages of 18, 25 and 30 in the hope that it may trigger
someone to come forward.
Do you have information that can help police with this case?
Any information you have about this is worth giving to
matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
You can provide information to police via any of the methods
Call Crime Stoppers any time on 1800 333 000
Report information to Crime Stoppers any time via this
Any information provided will be treated in the strictest
Your help may give police the clue they need to close this
case and provide some comfort for the families of victims.
How to claim your reward
Contact Crime Stoppers or your local Police Station.
Identify yourself and indicate you have information
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You will then be put in contact with a police officer
involved in the investigation of that case.
Girl missing for 20 years dead: coroner Leonie Lamont - SMH
February 26, 2007
A coroner's inquest into the disappearance of a teenage girl 20 years ago has
recommended that a reward be offered for information about her probable death.
Deputy State Coroner Carl Milovanovich is holding inquests into dozens of "cold
case" missing persons. He found, on the balance of probabilities, that Debbie
Ashby, 16, who left her family home in Leumeah in October 1987, was probably
He told the family that it was "totally unacceptable" for him as a coroner to be
holding an inquest 20 years after the disappearance.
He said under plans to deal with missing persons, any people still missing
within six to 12 months should be brought to the coroner's attention.
"There are 9000 people each year in NSW who go missing, and about 40 are never
found. I'm not worried about the 8960. I am worried about the 40 because often
they are homicides never detected," he said.
He said Debbie disappeared at the same time as a number of other young women had
also gone missing.
In making a recommendation for the reward, and sending a file to the homicide
squad for review, he said: "It is so unusual for a 16-year-old to disappear, one
has to look at it as suspicious; 16-year-olds just don't disappear off the face
of the earth, something has happened to her."
Debbie's family wept in court as Mr Milovanovich delivered his formal finding
that the girl was dead.
Long search ends with tragic finding
Leonie Lamont - SMH February 27, 2007
SITTING opposite an inmate at Mulawa jail, Mary Ashby looked at the young woman
who "amazingly" looked like her daughter, Debbie, missing since 1987.
But it was not her. "She seems to look like so many other young ladies. I have
met several," Mrs Ashby said of the sightings reported to police over the years.
"I have come to the conclusion … a long time ago that she is not alive."
Yesterday's inquest at the State Coroner's Court, Westmead, into the
disappearance of the 16-year-old gave "no conclusion, no closure", her family
The Deputy State Coroner Carl Milovanovich is holding inquests into numerous
"cold case" missing persons. He found, on the balance of probabilities, that
Debbie, who left her family home in Leumeah in October 1987, was probably dead.
He recommended that a reward be offered and homicide squad review the file.
He told the family it was totally unacceptable for him as a coroner to be
holding an inquest 20 years later. It was planned that missing persons files be
referred to the coroner within six to 12 months of a disappearance.
Mr Milovanovich said Debbie vanished at the same time as several other young
"It is so unusual for a 16-year-old to disappear. One has to look at it as
suspicious. Sixteen-year-olds just don't disappear off the face of the Earth.
Something has happened to her."
The inquest heard she had been going through a rebellious stage. The last her
family heard from her was a phone call a few days after she left home, saying
she was all right. In 1990 a prostitute contacted the family saying she had seen
her in Kings Cross. But they could not find her.
The family wept as Mr Milovanovich delivered his formal finding that she was
When 16-year-old Leumeah girl Debbie Ashby went missing in
1987, she left behind a family desperate for answers.
Debbie’s mother Mary Ashby, now living at Glen Alpine,
recently refreshed calls for information into her daughter’s disappearance.
Now, a detective with Campbelltown Local Area Command has
added her support to the plea for anyone with information to come forward.
Detective Senior Constable Maria Feher said even though the
case has been investigated extensively in the past 29 years she will not be
satisfied until it is solved.
“Even though the coronial inquest might be closed, we never
close a cold case until we reach a satisfactory conclusion,” she said.
“Unfortunately all information relating to Debbie Ashby has
not led to any conclusion of her whereabouts or her fate.
“Our police recording of missing person investigations has
improved with the introduction of electronic recording. We have access to
more documents now and can access things that may have relevance to the
Detective Feher said information continually comes through to
police and every piece is investigated.
“Any new piece of evidence could lead to looking somewhere
else. Over the years people’s allegiances change or they have a change of
heart. If you can help or believe you have information you can come
forward. We are really happy to get information and investigate to see what
little pieces may help get to the bottom of it.”