Celena BRIDGE

 

 

See also Sabrina GLASSOP and Elizabeth HENRY

 

Celena BRIDGE

On 10 August 1998, Celena BRIDGE, 28 years, was reported missing to the Missing Persons Bureau, Brisbane by her fiance Jonathon WEBB, a British national holidaying in Australia. Ms BRIDGE had arrived in Australia on 6 May 1998 and intended to meet Mr WEBB on his arrival to continue their holiday together. When she failed to meet him Mr WEBB became concerned and reported the matter to police. The last positive sighting of Ms BRIDGE was on 16 July 1998 on Booloumba Creek Road at Conondale. Her bank account was last accessed in Brisbane on 13 July 1998. Ms BRIDGE is described as 165 cm tall, of slim build, tanned complexion, with brown hair and green eyes. Any member of the public with information which could assist Police is asked to contact the Homicide Investigation Group, Brisbane, Phone (07) 3364 6122 or Crime Stoppers, Phone 1800 333 000

 


*Account from UK BBC news network August 17, 1998 - The parents of a British backpacker who went missing in Australia say they have given up hope of finding her alive. Lionel and Beth Bridge, from Carlisle, arrived in Australia on Sunday to join the police search for their 28-year-old daughter Celena. A keen bushwalker and environmentalist, Ms Bridge went missing over a month ago in a south-east Queensland state forest. She was on a three-month tour of Australia studying birds and eco-systems. Police now believe the woman may have been hurt in an accident in the state forest. They said there were no indications of foul play.* The young woman was last seen on 12 July when she left Crystal Waters, about 45 miles north-west of Brisbane, for a birdwatchers' meeting the following weekend. She failed to turn up for the meeting in Kenilworth, 60 miles away. The alarm was raised when Ms Bridge failed to meet her fiance Jonathan Webb at Brisbane airport when he arrived from the UK to join her on holiday. Her father Lionel told reporters: "We think the most likely thing that has happened is that she's had an accident ... but there is always the possibility in the back of our minds that something else has happened." Ms Bridge's parents do not expect to see their daughter alive. "We have no hope - it's a terrible thing to say but we've got to be realistic," her father said.

Editor's note - *This is inaccurate, QLD Police do believe Celena was murdered and there is a reward for information about her disappearance


Search of forest, Bridge and Glassop suspected murders, Kenilworth

QLD Police and State Emergency Services Volunteers will search forest near Kenilworth on Saturday following new leads into the suspected murders of two women in 1998 and 1999 on the north coast.

Police and State Emergency Services Volunteers will search forest near Kenilworth on Saturday following new leads into the suspected murders of two women in 1998 and 1999 on the north coast.

The two women, Celena Bridge, 28, a British tourist and local resident Sabrina Ann Glassop, 46 of Kenilworth both disappeared in the Kenilworth area 10 months apart.

Celena Bridge, who was holidaying in Australia, was last seen on July 16, 1998 on the Booloumba Creek Road, Connondale.

Sabrina Ann Glassop, 46, was last seen on the evening of May 29, 1999 at her home in Booloumba Creek Road, Kenilworth. Her parents reported hearing her car leave the property the next morning about 6.00am and drive in the direction of Kenilworth. A search of the area located her car in the Little Yabba Creek carpark.

Following new leads police are coordinating the first of a number of searches of the Brooloo forest which is located between Imbil and Kenilworth. Saturday’s search will comprise police from the local area, officers from the Homicide Squad, officers from the Police Dog Squad with cadaver dogs and 80 State Emergency Services volunteers.

A $250,000 reward is offered in each case for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the disappearance and suspected murders of Ms Bridge and Ms Glassop.

Media interested in obtaining vision can meet at the State Emergency Services Headquarters in Yabba Street, Imbil at 8.00am. The search will be conducted in areas of the forest 10-15 kilometres from Imbil and is only accessible by 4WD.

Detective Senior Sergeant Marc Bailey from the Homicide Investigation Unit, State Crime Operations Command will be available to speak with media following the 8am briefing.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Last updated 27/04/2007

Cold case search fails to solve bush mystery
April 29, 2007 05:51pm Article from: AAP

A SEARCH through thick bush on Queensland's Sunshine Coast has failed to uncover any clues in the 10-year-old mystery behind the disappearance of two women from the area.

About 50 police and State Emergency Service (SES) volunteers yesterday used machetes and shovels to cut their way through thick bush at Brooloo Forest, between Imbil and Kenilworth, on the Sunshine Coast hinterland.

They were searching for fresh evidence after homicide detectives reopened the cold case files of British backpacker Celena Bridge and local teachers' aid, Sabrina Ann Glassop.

Ms Bridge, 28, who was bushwalking in the area, was last seen on July 16, 1998 on the Booloumba Creek Road, Conondale.

Ms Glassop, 46, was last seen on the evening of May 29, 1999 at her Kenilworth home.

Her car was later found abandoned in a nearby country picnic area.

Yesterday's search found no new evidence, police said today, and the effort was not resumed.

Further searches would be conducted in the region in the coming weeks, police said.

Search fails to find clues
Article from: April 30, 2007 12:00am

A SEARCH through thick bush on the Sunshine Coast has failed to uncover any clues in the 10-year-old mystery behind the disappearance of two women from the area.

About 50 police and State Emergency Service volunteers on Saturday used machetes and shovels to cut their way through thick bush at Brooloo Forest, between Imbil and Kenilworth, in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.
They were searching for fresh evidence after homicide detectives re-opened the cold case files of British backpacker Celena Bridge and local teachers' aide, Sabrina Ann Glassop.

Bridge, 28, who was bushwalking in the area, was last seen on July 16, 1998 on the Booloumba Creek Rd, Conondale.

Glassop, 46, was last seen on the evening of May 29, 1999, at her Kenilworth home. Her car was later found abandoned in a nearby country picnic area.

But the weekend search did not find any new evidence, police said yesterday, although there would be further searches in the region in the next few weeks.

A team of investigators was sent to Victoria and NSW to interview people of interest in the case.

Detective Senior-Sergeant Marc Bailey, of Brisbane's Homicide Investigation Unit, did not say what led police to search the area.

But cadaver dogs were used to comb the isolated area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.

Search fails to find murder clues
16.06.2007 - Sunshine Coast Daily

A search today of forest near Kenilworth did not uncover anything of significance relating to the suspected murders of two women on the Sunshine Coast in 1998 and 1999.
Police said it appeared the area searched has previously been used to dispose of animal remains.

Police and State Emergency Service Volunteers conducted the search but did not find any human remains.

This search followed on from new information and comprised local police, Homicide Squad, Police Dog Squad and cadaver dogs and 80 State Emergency Service volunteers.

Police intend to conduct further searches in the near future.

Celena Bridge, 28, a British tourist, and Sabrina Ann Glassop, 46, of Kenilworth, both disappeared in the Kenilworth area 10 months apart.
Celena Bridge, who was holidaying in Australia, was last seen on July 16, 1998 on the Booloumba Creek Road, Connondale.

Sabrina Ann Glassop, 46, was last seen on the evening of May 29, 1999 at her home in Booloumba Creek Road, Kenilworth.

Clothes spark new hunt
Article from: Lou Robson - Courier Mail
June 17, 2007 12:00am

CLOTHING found in bushland west of the Sunshine Coast could be linked to the disappearance of two women more than eight years ago.

Police yesterday revealed that women's clothing had been found in the Imbil State Forest, 25km north of Kenilworth, where British tourist Celena Bridge, 28, and teacher's aide Sabrina Ann Glassop, 46, went missing between July 1998 and May 1999.
Detective Senior Sergeant Marc Bailey said the clothes were found beside a dirt road.

Animal bones were also found in the area, on the outskirts of the forest.

It is believed local farmers who butcher their own meat discard bones in a gully near where the clothes were found.

"Forensic tests confirmed the clothing is women's clothing but we do not know if the items belonged to the missing women," Det Sen-Sgt Bailey said.

"Bones found nearby also underwent forensic examination and were not human."

Police refused to describe the items. Det Sen-Sgt Bailey said a Brisbane documentary-maker investigating the disappearance of Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe found the clothing in 2005.

The badly decayed items were initially examined to see if they were Daniel's. They were re-examined recently at the John Tonge Centre in Brisbane and identified as women's clothes.

The re-examination of the clothes prompted a search of the region yesterday. State Emergency Service volunteers combed 1ha of forest near where the clothes were found.

The search follows the examination on April 29 of 4000sq m of forest at Brooloo, 5km north of Kenilworth.

Three suspect mounds of earth were found during the search but were later ruled out of the investigation.

In 2002, Maroochydore coroner Paul Johnstone found the missing women were dead "having met with foul play".

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Kenilworth cold cases still not closed, police say

Posted Sun Apr 29, 2007 9:49am AEST
Updated Mon Apr 30, 2007 11:21am AEST  - ABC

Queensland police say investigations into two unsolved suspected murder cases on the Sunshine Coast will continue.

British backpacker Celena Bridge, 28, disappeared in the Kenilworth area in 1998 and 10 months later local woman Sabrina Ann Glassop, 46, vanished in the same area.

Acting on new leads, police and State Emergency Service (SES) crews yesterday searched bushland in a Kenilworth forest.

Detective Senior Sergeant Marc Bailey says there will be more searches in the future.

"To this stage nothing's been turned up but we do have to go over a couple of other areas at a later date with scientific officers," he said.

"As you can appreciate, we were just acting on information that we had received and as result we had to go to that area so it wasn't a case of specifically looking for anything, it was a case of looking for anything and everything."

He says the police will not give up on the case.

"Sometimes the public perceive that we close cases but I can assure the public now that no case that has never been closed is ever closed, it always remains open," he said.

"That's the case with this one - it's been reviewed and as result further investigations are being conducted."

Behind one of the Coast's biggest mysteries
28.04.2007
BACKGROUNDER by Janine Hill Ballina Shire Advocate

WHEN British backpacker Celena Bridge began a hike in the Sunshine Coast hinterland on a winter's day in 1998, she walked into a mystery that would envelope two more women and intrigue Australia for the next seven years.

Ms Bridge was the first of three women to go missing on the Coast in a 16 month period. All of them are now assumed to be dead.

Each was linked in some way to a man named Derek Bellington Sam, although he has only ever been charged and convicted of one murder, that of teenager Jessica Gaudie - the last of the three to disappear.

Finding the missing women, or their bodies, has been like looking for a needle in a haystack for police - without knowing exactly where to find even the haystack.

In all three cases detectives have been frustrated tracing the women's final hours, with either no, or hazy, reported sightings to follow up to help pinpoint a location.
Extensive searches in the Kenilworth area, which involved police camping out overnight in rough terrain and climbing into ravines, failed to turn up anything.

Detective Superintendent Mike Condon, of the Brisbane Homicide Squad, said there were many deep mine shafts in the area that were too dangerous to be searched.

Ms Bridge could have met her fate up to 25 days before anyone realised something was wrong.

The 28-year-old environmental science graduate was in Australia on a backpacking trip to study ecosystems and birdlife when she disappeared.

She had stayed two nights at a "commune'' in the Sunshine Coast hinterland, the Crystal Waters permaculture village at Conondale, before she set off on July 16 to walk to the Little Yabba Creek camping ground at Kenilworth for a bird- watching meeting the following weekend.

She never arrived.

However, it was not until August 10, when she failed to meet her boyfriend, Johnathon Webb, when he flew over from England to join her that anyone realised she was missing.

Searches of the area failed to find any trace of Ms Bridge or her backpack.

Ms Bridge was seen about 3.30pm on July 16 by a resident of Booloumba Creek Road, and also that afternoon by two men who worked with Derek Sam at Piabun, a centre for troubled Aboriginal youths, on the same road.

However, unlike his boss Mark Johnson and workmates John Poole and Geoff Turner, who identified the person they saw as Ms Bridge, Sam told a 2002 coronial inquest he could not identify the person he saw as male or female, let alone as Celena Bridge.

That same inquiry also looked into the disappearances of Sabrina Ann Glassop and Jessica Gaudie. Ms Glassop was known to Sam and the two were rumoured by some to have been having an affair.

The 47-year-old teacher aid, who lived on the same road as Ms Bridge was last seen, and the same road as the Piabun centre where Derek Sam worked, disappeared on May 29, 1999.

Her car was found at the Little Yabba Creek rest area, just a few hundred metres from her home, where she is believed to have taken her poodle, Poppy, for a walk.

She had dined with her husband, Eric, the night before. He lived in the Kenilworth Forestry office and they made arrangements that he would return the next morning with newspapers and fresh bread for breakfast.

The next morning, Ms Glassop's mother, Joan Worsley, who lived with her husband in a caravan behind her daughter's house, heard her car leave about 6am or 6.30am.

Mrs Worsley became concerned when her daughter failed to return, leaving the animals unfed and the gate open. Eric was also concerned when he arrived for breakfast.

On his way back to the office, he spotted her car. He stopped and noticed it was locked and the bonnet slightly warm.

As with Ms Bridge, searches for Ann Glassop turned up nothing.

Sam's Piabun colleague, John Poole, later told an inquest that Sam had made lewd comments about Ms Glassop and boasted of doing some work at a teacher's house and having a date with one.

Mr Poole told the inquest that a few days after Ms Glassop's disappearance, Sam had acted strangely during a horse ride, taking different routes through the bush, and avoiding an area known as Spike's Hut.

Jessica Gaudie went missing almost three months to the day after Ms Glassop disappeared. However, she was almost instantly linked with Derek Sam, who was later convicted of her murder.

Jessica was never seen by her family after she left home on August 28 to babysit three young children, for Derek Sam's estranged de facto, Mia Summers, who lived a short distance away in Ridgewood Street, Burnside, and wanted to go to a birthday party that evening.

That night, Sam turned up at the same party and was involved in an argument with another man over Mia. He told police he went back to Mia Summers' house and picked up Jessica to ask her to go into the party and get Mia to come home.

He claimed he had dropped Jessica off at the intersection of Bonney and Elizabeth streets, Nambour.

 

Missing women mystery revived

DETECTIVES are preparing to put the disappearance of three women on the Sunshine Coast in the late 1990s back on the agenda.

British backpacker Celena Bridge, 28, was the first of the three to go missing in a 16-month period. Sabrina Ann Glassop, 46, was the second and Jessica Gaudie, 16, the third.

Their bodies have never been found but police have long believed all three disappeared at the hands of Kenilworth-based indigenous tracker Derek Bellington Sam, 38.

The three women were all linked in some way to Sam, who is serving jail time for the murder of Jessica.

Sunshine Coast detective Daren Edwards, a cold case specialist who became the Criminal Investigation Bureau chief earlier this year, had promised to pursue the disappearances to give the women's families answers.

But the Daniel Morcombe investigation took precedence after an arrest in August and resources were allocated to an extensive search near the Glasshouse Mountains.

This week Snr Sgt Edwards said he would pursue the investigation with renewed vigour in the new year.

"We're in the process of getting all the original files from Homicide to have a proper read," he said.

"We want to refresh our minds, do a review of everything and find out where everyone is.

"But right now we're trying to tidy up the Major Incident Room here (which has been the heart of the Morcombe investigation) to make it more user friendly. Our aim is to take a new direction on this investigation with fresh eyes."

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