Revelle Sabine BALMAIN
- Revelle's bag and shoe that were
found on the streets of Kingsford after she vanished.
Saturday, 05 November 1994
Revelle was last seen at Kingsford in Sydney on 5
November 1994. She was due to meet her mother at Newcastle on 6
November 1994, however she failed to arrive. Revelle has made no
contact with family or friends since her disappearance. There are
grave concerns for her safety and welfare.
Year of birth - 1972
Height - 5/8"
Hair - Blonde
Eyes - Blue
Complexion - Pale (but she has naturally olive skin)
Build - Thin
Last seen - November 5th 1994
- Revelle was a top model and dancer who was about to
return to Japan to take up another dance contract. She was due to meet her
friend on the evening of November 5th 1994 but failed to keep the appointment.
Her friend last spoke to her by phone at 7:15pm. Police interviewed a 31 year
old man who had been with Revelle on the afternoon prior to her disappearance
and he said he had driven Revelle to the Red Tomato Inn at 7pm. The following
day Revelle's bag, shoes, make up, diary, credit cards and the keys to her flat
were found scattered around several Kingsford streets. Revelle has not been
since since this time.
If you have any information regarding the whereabouts of Revelle please
contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000
here for Revelle's You Tube video released by the AFP
Reward of $250,000 to solve disappearance and
murder of Revelle Balmain
$250,000 is being offered by the NSW Government for information
which leads to the arrest and conviction of the person/s responsible for
the death of model Revelle Balmain, at Kingsford in 1994.
Acting NSW Police Minister Kristina Keneally today announced the
reward for information to solve the case had been lifted from $100,000
"The reward will be posted on the new Police rewards website,
which is accessed through the NSW Police Force site,
"It's believed Ms Balmain, a 22 year old model, was in the company
of a man on the night she disappeared on Saturday, 5 November 1994.
"She was a strikingly beautiful woman who might have been noticed
by someone who was near Kingsford's Red Tomato Inn on that night.
"While the body of Ms Balmain has never been found, the NSW
Coroner believes she was the victim of a homicide.
"This young woman had her whole life ahead of her before meeting
this awful fate."
Ms Keneally said the family of Revelle Balmain had obviously been
devastated by their loss and police remained puzzled by the case.
"Strikeforce Aramac was established to look into the cold case and
they need help with new information to bring to justice the person/s
responsible for this heinous crime," Ms Keneally said.
"Ms Balmain's family deserve justice and it is in the public
interest that the person/s responsible are arrested and convicted.
"I can only imagine the grief suffered by Ms Balmain's family over
the past 13 years, and I just hope that this $250,000 reward can produce
results for police.
"Anyone with information should contact the free call Crime
Stoppers hotline on 1800 333 000, if someone does not wish to claim the
reward they can give information anonymously.
"The slightest piece of evidence could crack this case."
Click here for more information on Revelle Balmain on the NSW Police
Force Missing Persons Enquiry System.
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sister Suellen has never stopped searching for her sister and is determined to
find her. She wants to send this message out to anyone with information. There is a reward on offer by the NSW Government which
has been upgraded from $100,000 to $250,000.
These are Suellen's own words about Revelle's movements the night she
disappeared. This account comes directly from Revelle's family who knew and
loved her best.
"Revelle was supposed to catch the 9:30am train from Sydney to Newcastle to
meet her mother on Sunday morning 6 November 1994; she was to arrive at
11am. Revelle wanted to say goodbye to her parents before she left for
Brisbane for a 2 week dance rehearsal before leaving for Japan on another 6
month dance contract. She was due to meet a girlfriend on Saturday evening
5 Nov, 1994 but failed to keep this appointment. Later that evening she was
to meet her boyfriend, but failed to keep this appointment as well. Her
girlfriend last spoke to her by phone at 7:15pm. A man told Police she was
driven from premises at Kingsford, Sydney to the Red Tomato Inn at 7.00pm.
No one from the Inn ever saw her. Revelle has not been seen since this
Police interviewed the 31 yr old man who had been with Revelle that
afternoon and early evening but no charges were ever laid. Police and the
coroner believed she had been murdered. Detectives questioned the agency's
owner and many of her friends.
The New South
Wales government renewed and upgraded the reward from $100,000 to $250,000 which
is still current to anyone who could help police in locating her.
In May '99 John Abernethy, Deputy State Coroner deemed the investigation as
an open finding. Her file will never close until she is found and someone
As her sister I want to know what happened to her, its been 14 yrs since
her disappearance and I think of her every day, it never leaves my mind. If
you have any information that could help me find her, please contact Police
on 1800 333 000.
New lead in Revelle Balmain murder
Dylan Welch Police Reporter - SMH
July 31, 2008
FORENSIC evidence has added weight to a police theory that the model
Revelle Balmain was murdered at a house in Kingsford, sparking renewed
interest in her 1994 disappearance.
The Commander of the Homicide Squad, Detective Superintendent Geoff
Beresford, said the cold case unit, using advances in forensic procedures, had
gathered new evidence from a Kingsford house where Ms Balmain, 22, was allegedly
Two days after Ms Balmain's disappearance on November 5, a cork-heeled
platform shoe, her cane make-up bag, her diary and the keys to her Bellevue Hill
unit were found scattered in four streets in the Kingsford area.
It was later revealed that Ms Balmain had been working as a sex worker at
two high-end Sydney escort agencies, and she had gone to the Kingsford house, on
McNair Avenue, to visit a client, Gavin Owen Samer.
A coronial inquiry in 1998 and 1999 identified Mr Samer as the main person
of interest. The then deputy state coroner, John Abernathy, presided over the
inquiry and identified Mr Samer as a suspect but fell short of recommending
"While Mr Samer certainly had the opportunity to kill Ms Balmain, and
rightly in my view is the main person of interest to police, there is no
plausible motive proved," he told the inquiry.
Mr Samer denied he was involved in Ms Balmain's disappearance, telling
police and the inquiry he had dropped her at a nearby pub and then gone home,
watched television and fallen asleep.
The inquiry also canvassed suggestions that Ms Balmain might have been
murdered by the owner of Select Companions - an escort agency she had worked for
for six weeks.
The owner, Zoran Stanojevic, provided contradictory evidence to police and
the inquiry about his whereabouts on the day she disappeared, but consistently
denied he had anything to do with her disappearance.
The inquiry heard that a wealthy commodities trader and former client of
Ms Balmain, Mark Coulton, had told a friend that Ms Balmain had been murdered by
the agency for "moonlighting", or doing extra sex work for cash on the side.
"She's 10-foot under and no-one will find her body," he was alleged to
have told a friend. Mr Coulton later denied under oath he had ever made the
Superintendent Beresford yesterday confirmed that the same two men were
still the only two suspects in the alleged murder.
Ms Balmain's case is the second in two days to get a boost from a recently
formed "cold case" homicide team. On Tuesday police said they believed they knew
what had happened to Trudie Adams, who disappeared from the northern beaches in
1987, aged 18.
Both cases have attracted a $250,000 reward for information leading to a
Hunt goes on for escort Revelle
Balmain's final client
by Kara Lawrence
- The Daily Telegraph
July 31, 2008
THE chief suspect in the 14-year-old murder of Sydney model and
part-time escort Revelle Balmain is no longer in Sydney - with homicide
detectives last night launching a search for him.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal NSW homicide detectives, who have
been reinvestigating the case quietly for the past year, are seeking to speak to
Gavin Owen Samer, who is from a affluent Sydney family.
It is understood Samer, who lived in McNair Ave, Kingsford,
in the 1990s, no longer lives in Sydney and attempts are being made to locate
It is understood Samer is the only remaining suspect in the
case and is still believed to be in Australia.
Samer was Ms Balmain's last known client as a prostitute on
the night she disappeared - Saturday, November 5 - and she attended a house he
was living in on McNair Ave.
The 22-year-old's belongings, including a diary and keys,
were later found scattered around streets in Kingsford.
Homicide Detective Superintendent Geoff Beresford announced
yesterday that police had new information and forensic test results that were a
breakthrough in the unsolved case.
The announcement was coupled with an increase of the reward
for information leading to the arrest of Ms Balmain's killer/s, from $100,000 to
The forensic results came from a second search of the
McNair Ave house, conducted in the past year. Due to advancements in forensic
technology, the search yielded more than the original search, Supt Beresford
A previous inquest into Ms Balmain's disappearance heard
police officers checked Samer's house and car for evidence of blood or a
struggle but did not call in crime scene experts because there was no body.
Samer was named as the suspect in Ms Balmain's
disappearance in a 1998 inquest into her suspected death. The inquest heard
Samer told police Ms Balmain had visited his home Kingsford about 4pm on
November 5, and that he drove her to the Red Tomato Inn nearby about 7pm.
However, the then officer-in-charge Detective Sergeant
Grahame Mulherin told the inquest police did not believe Mr Samer's version of
Police also noticed injuries on Samer's neck, chest and
hands in the days following November 5 and the inquest heard these could be from
a struggle - or there could be an innocent explanation.
Samer told police he pawned his then-girlfriend's clarinet
to pay Ms Balmain's $400 bill.
State coroner at the time, John Abernethy, said Samer had
no case to answer and that she had been murdered by an unknown person or
Ms Balmain's half-sister Suellen Simpson said Ms Balmain
had been about to give up escort work.
Cold case unit uses new technology to solve homicides
Corporation - The 7:30 Report
Major developments in DNA and forensic technology in the past five years
has revolutionised the way criminal investigators do their work. In NSW, a
new unsolved homicide unit has now been set up to try and clear a massive
backlog and police say there are a lot of people out there who should be
KERRY O'BRIEN, PRESENTER: Major developments in DNA and forensic technology
in the past five years have revolutionised the way criminal investigators do
their work. With more difficult crimes like homicide, detectives are now
producing some spectacular results, including the arrest last week of a
Victorian man for the murder of his wife 22 years ago. But it's NSW that has the
biggest number of cold case homicides on its books: 420 murders dating back to
1975. A new unsolved homicide unit has now been set up to try and clear the
backlog, and with 35 full time investigators, police say there are a lot of
people out there who should be very nervous. Deborah Cornwall reports.
DEBORAH CORNWALL, REPORTER: It's 14 years since Sydney model and part-time
escort Revelle Balmain vanished without a trace.
SUELLEN SIMPSON, REVELLE BALMAIN'S RELATION: Was she screaming in the last
couple of minutes? Was she in the dark? Could anyone hear her? Those things, I
DEBORAH CORNWALL: At the coroner's inquest, her last client Gavin Samer was
named as the prime suspect in her murder. But without a body or enough evidence
to lay charges, the family has learned to live in a sort of nightmarish limbo.
SUELLEN SIMPSON: The not knowing is the worst. Last week, I saw one girl who
looked like Revelle and it took my breath away. I thought by heart would stop
because she was so similar to Revelle.
DEBORAH CORNWALL: Every year, some 300 Australians are murdered, but this most
heinous of crimes can also be one of the hardest to prove and up to one in every
five murders are never solved.
JOHN ABERNETHY, FORMER NSW CORONER: That's the problem with homicide: you get
everything else, like an armed stick up or a rape and the witness isn't dead.
Here you've got the main witness, the victim is dead, and that's what makes
homicides special and makes them so hard.
DEBORAH CORNWALL: In NSW alone, there are 420 homicides dating back to 1975
where the killers are still at large. With the launch of the state's new
unsolved homicide unit in May this year, at least half those cases have now been
marked for reinvestigation.
GEOFF BERESFORD, NSW HOMICIDE SQUAD COMMANDER: Delving back into cases that
could be up to three decades old is difficult. It presents huge challenges for
us. But the challenge is to find that piece of evidence, to find that piece of
information that may not have been there during the original inquiry. It does
haunt you, and particularly in cases where children are involved.
DEBORAH CORNWALL: In the past month alone, homicide boss Geoff Beresford has
relaunched three new cold cases, among them, Revelle Balmain and the bizarre
disappearance of baby Tegan Lane, who hasn't been seen since her mother took her
from the hospital 11 years ago.
Tegan's mother Keli Lane remains the prime suspect in the baby's disappearance,
after an inquest by former State Coroner, John Abernathy, three years ago failed
to find Tegan, despite a nationwide search.
JOHN ABERNETHY: Tegan Lane was arguably the most frustrating case I did. It was
a case that I simply could not solve.
DEBORAH CORNWALL: At the inquest, police revealed Tegan was only one of three
children Keli Lane had given birth to between 1995 and 1999, yet she'd managed
to keep them all a secret from family and friends. Two of the children had been
adopted out, but by the time authorities realised Tegan was missing, local
police at first failed to recognise they were dealing with a possible homicide.
JOHN ABERNETHY: It was left at Manly police station for far too long without
being properly looked at. And, that, sadly, has made a bit of a difference to
that case in my view. The police have to garner a brief of evidence for the
Coroner, because ultimately the inquest may be the last throw of the dice.
DEBORAH CORNWALL: Investigators say while the trail may have gone cold on old
homicides, it can also be a very powerful weapon. Often they'll return to a case
years later to find key witnesses like friends and family have fallen out with
the suspect and are no longer prepared to protect them. And just sometimes, it
can also be the final trigger for the killer to confess.
GEOFF BERESFORD: Often you find when you confront the suspect they're more than
willing to actually confess to the crime. It's almost as if they expected the
police to turn up at some stage. And it's such an unnatural, violent thing to
do, to take the life of another person. And unless someone is a psychopath, they
wouldn't normally be able to live with it forever.
DEBORAH CORNWALL: In the case of Tegan Lane, John Abernathy concluded there was
no question Keli Lane had lied to police, but there wasn't enough evidence to
The cold case unit has since returned to the investigation, starting last month
with an excavation at the former house of Keli Lane's then boyfriend, where
profilers and geo forensics experts led the search for Tegan's remains.
New forensics like DNA sampling and laser lights may also prove critical in
cases like Revelle Balmain. Her shoes and other items, found scattered around
the Sydney suburb of Kingsford, just days after her disappearance, are now being
re-examined for DNA that simply wasn't traceable, even five years ago. But so
far, the main suspect Gavin Samer has refused to provide police with a DNA
GEOFF BERESFORD: It can be a combination of the fresh evidence, fresh
information, the new technologies that we're applying now. There should be
people out there now who should be very nervous of our new team.
DEBORAH CORNWALL: For families who've been waiting for years, even decades for
answers, it may also be the second chance they'd always hoped for.
SUELLEN SIMPSON: 14 years is a long time to wonder where she is and who murdered
her. Why should someone murder her and think that they can walk away and just
forget about it. We're not ever gonna forget about it - ever. I won't let it
KERRY O'BRIEN: Deborah Cornwall with that report.
'They made us feel like criminals'
From: National Features
June 19, 2011
DID police bungle the case of missing dancer Revelle Balmain? After
17 years, her family is still waiting for answers.
To have a child go missing is one of the worst things a parent can
experience. Perhaps the only thing worse would be to reach the end of your days
never knowing what happened to them.
Ivor Balmain’s life hadn’t been easy. Raised in an orphanage and scarred
by wartime experiences, he was thrilled when he met and married Jan, a dance
teacher. The couple had two children, daughter Revelle and son Matthew, and life
was finally sweet.
But then fate dealt another blow. Matthew drowned in the family pool aged
Revelle became even more precious. Beautiful, a talented dancer, loving
and lovable, she provided salve for Ivor’s pain - until, out of the blue, she
vanished in 1994.
Suellen Simpson - Revelle’s half-sister from Jan’s earlier marriage -
recalls her step-father’s devastation: “I remember him crying, ‘I’ve lost
Matthew, I can’t cope if Revelle has gone as well.’ I so felt for him, I made a
vow: I’m going to do everything possible to find Revelle for Ivor.”
Tragically, her efforts didn’t bring Ivor the comfort he craved. Last
December, he passed away, a broken man. “All he needed was to know where Revelle
was,” says Simpson.
Today she’s as determined as ever to find out, once and for all, what
happened to her sister. Fuelled by a potent fury at the police investigation,
she’s become almost obsessed. “I think my anger’s kept me going. If I’d lost
that, I’d have given up.”
Revelle was 22 when she went missing. About to go on a six-month dance
tour of Japan, she had arranged to visit her parents before she left. On
November 6, Jan was to meet her at Newcastle station at 11am, while Ivor stayed
home to make lunch.
Their daughter never turned up. Shortly afterwards, her belongings -
shoes, wallet and keys - were found scattered around the streets of Kingsford,
in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs, where she was last seen.
“My first reaction when Mum told me was disbelief,” recalls Simpson. “My
hands were shaking and I could barely hold the phone.”
She immediately drove from her home in Melbourne to Port Stephens to be
with her parents. The next day saw her scouring Newcastle bushland for her
sister, the first of many searches that have defined her life since. She’s
walked every tunnel, beach and national park around Sydney, interrogated a
foreign, often scary underbelly and read every statement and piece of evidence
so many times, she can recite it by heart.
For the first 18 months after Revelle’s disappearance, Simpson called the
officer in charge of the investigation every day, and spent each night on the
phone to her mum going over the evidence.
Her marriage failed under the strain.
“I remember [the police officer] telling me, ‘You need to see a counsellor.’
But I didn’t need a counsellor; I was angry and he was one of the causes of my
anger. Every time I suggested something, it was shut down. My family and I were
made to feel like criminals because we wanted questions answered.”
Five years on, the state coroner agreed the original police investigation
wasn’t as thorough as it could have been, and Simpson believes she knows why. A
few days after the disappearance, the family received shattering news: Revelle
had secretly been boosting her bank balance by working as an escort.
Simpson insists the revelation had no impact on her feelings towards her
sister, but adds, “I believe police thought Revelle’s life was worth less
because she was an escort.”
At 4pm on November 5, Revelle had an appointment in Kingsford with a
client. Ironically, Revelle, fussy, modest and in love with a new boyfriend, had
announced she was quitting escort work and this was to be her final client.
(It’s been rumoured she was made an example of and murdered because of her plan
to leave the industry.)
At 7.15pm, she called a friend, saying she was leaving an appointment, and
arranged to meet for a drink. She didn’t arrive and although the first report of
her disappearance was made that Saturday evening, the investigation didn’t get
under way until Monday, by which time the local bins had been emptied -
eliminating potential evidence. “Anything could have been in them,” fumes
That was the first in a sequence of bungled attempts to solve the case.
Just as frustrating to Simpson was that Revelle’s last client was found to have
injuries and scratches on him, which he put down to a surfing accident. A
forensic pathologist told the inquest this was possible, but also stated they
could have been sustained in a struggle.
Other leads weren’t followed. The client’s car wasn’t forensically tested
(he told police he’d given Revelle a ride to a pub at about 7pm), nor was
Revelle’s bedroom. Meanwhile, an alibi given by Zoran Stanojovic, the owner of
the escort agency for which Revelle worked, wasn’t questioned until the inquest,
five years later. It was the coroner who noted that the person supporting his
alibi - an escort in his employ - hadn’t been questioned. The woman then told
police Stanojovic had driven her to several appointments on November 5, before
they stopped to change a flat tyre on his BMW. Stanojovic insisted he did not
see or speak to Revelle that night.
On May 28, 1999, the coroner ruled Revelle was likely to have been
murdered. It took three more years for Simpson to accept this might be the
“I never stopped thinking she might walk through a door, make that call or
turn up somewhere,” she says. “Then, one night, I stood in front of a victims’
support group and told them what had happened, and it finally hit me she wasn’t
coming back. Voicing what our family had experienced shook me into reality. I
drove home that night knowing I’d told others she was gone and that I couldn’t
ignore what I’d said. It tore through my heart like nothing else.
“This has changed me,” she admits. “I used to trust everyone. I don’t
trust anyone now. That’s what Revelle’s killers have done to our family. They’ve
That Revelle was embarrassed about her secret life, there is little doubt.
She even hid it from her boyfriend, Piers Fisher-Pollard.
At lunchtime on the day she disappeared, he put her on a bus to visit
friends in Paddington, and had plans to meet her later that night for a farewell
drink before she set off for Japan.
“The police initially said she must have gone walkabout,” he says. “But I
knew she wouldn’t do that. She wanted to see me before she left and she was
really excited about seeing her parents the next day.
“I was the one who reported her missing,” he adds. “When the police told
me she was working as a prostitute, it was a double bombshell.”
Today, NSW police say Revelle’s case is ongoing. They refuse to comment,
but believe they have identified a suspect. Simpson and Jan, however, believe
there was more than one person involved. Their best hope now is that consciences
will eventually be pricked and someone will come forward with the truth.
“It destroys me to think there’s someone walking this country who has
killed,” Simpson says. “Someone who might kill again.”
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers 1800 333 000.
Missing dancer Revelle Balmain’s family
still trying to uncover the truth
It is almost 20 years since Revelle Balmain, disappeared on
the streets of Sydney. Her family still don’t know what happened to the young
model and dancer…
It took Suellen Simpson eight years to realise that her
sister, Revelle Balmain, was never coming home. Throughout that time she
continued to live in hope. Their mother, Jan, had accepted the stark reality
only a few months after her 22-year-old daughter disappeared. Mother’s instinct
told her she wouldn’t see Revelle again after she vanished one Saturday evening
“But I never believed she was gone,” recalls Suellen.
“Then one night I was at a meeting at the Homicide Victims
Support Group in Melbourne. There were about 15 people sitting round and I spoke
to them about Revelle. I explained what I was doing to try and find her, the
letters I was writing…but as I was driving home that night it hit me – I thought
‘she’s dead and I’m never going to see her again’. But it took eight years.”
The devastating realisation that Revelle was almost
certainly dead didn’t stop Suellen searching for answers as to what happened to
her sister. Almost 20 years on, Suellen and Jan are still waiting to uncover the
They believe crucial opportunities to solve the young
model’s disappearance were squandered in the first 48 hours after she vanished.
And they say their experience is a warning to other families when a loved one
“The first 48 hours after someone goes missing are the most
crucial time. Revelle went missing on the Saturday night but police didn’t start
looking for her until Monday morning,” says Suellen.
“In those first 48 hours every action the police take is
critical – whom they speak to, where they look, what evidence they find. When
there are delays, things get missed and years later, like us, you end up without
Revelle disappeared on Saturday 5th November
1994. An attractive and accomplished performer, at the time she went missing she
was living in a share-house in Sydney. But she was only days away from moving to
Japan to work as a dancer.
Unknown to her family, Revelle had been working for an
escort agency to make ends meet. Around 7pm on the Saturday she went missing,
Revelle went to a client’s home in the Kingsford, Sydney. She was never seen
“That was a hideous shock. She got involved with the wrong
people,” says Jan.
“We understand she was doing that work for a short period
of time and then she was off to Japan. She’d also started modelling. It was all
happening for her but unfortunately she was with the wrong crowd and didn’t get
away soon enough.”
Revelle’s shoes, wallet and keys were later found scattered
around streets in Kingsford. Her last client was questioned by police but told
them that after their appointment he dropped Revelle at a Sydney hotel around
“Revelle was meeting me at 11 o’clock the next day for
Sunday lunch – I was supposed to meet her at Newcastle train station. But she
didn’t arrive and she wasn’t on the next train either,” says Jan.
“So I made a report to police that day – a mother knows
when something is wrong.”
When Jan called Suellen and told her Revelle hadn’t arrived
she initially thought her younger sister had simply slept in.
“But on Monday when Revelle’s items were found around the
streets, everything fell apart,” she says.
But the nightmare was only just beginning for Revelle’s
Suellen is still angered by what she believes were missed
opportunities to solve her sister’s disappearance.
In July this year she wrote to the NSW Police Minister
asking for the current $250,000 reward for information to solve Revelle’s case
to be raised to $1 million.
“By the time police did go and see Revelle’s last client he
had cleaned his car, cleaned his home and washed his clothes and linen. The
rubbish bins in the area had been emptied. He had scratches on his face and neck
but there was never enough evidence,” says Suellen.
“That first 48 hours of the investigation saw so many
fumbles where information and evidence that may have helped us find out what
happened to Revelle wasn’t collected.”
Frustrated by a lack of action, Suellen and friends
searched for Revelle. Suellen spoke to her sister’s friends and searched
Sydney’s streets and beaches every weekend for months. Her search went on for
“I remember phoning the detective in charge and asking him
where he’d looked, who he’d spoken to and he wouldn’t give me any information.
Instead he told me I needed counselling,” says Suellen.
“Whenever we asked questions we were made to feel like
Suellen says families need to be proactive when a loved one
does go missing – especially in the first 48 hours.
“You need to get that person’s face on the TV news and in
the newspapers so the community can report anything suspicious that may help.
You also have to stand up and ask questions and make sure the police are doing
everything they can,” she says.
Revelle’s heartbroken father, Ivor, died in December 2011
still not knowing where his daughter was. In May 1999 the Coroner’s Court ruled
Revelle was likely to have been murdered but Jan and Suellen still want answers.
“You don’t give up hope. It’s around you all the time –
that hope that something will happen, someone will come forward and say what
happened,” says Jan.
“Because someone out there does know what happened to
Revelle. They know the truth.”
*Anyone with information about Revelle Balmain’s
disappearance can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. There is a $250,000
reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person/s
responsible for Revelle’s death.