Darlene Avis STYLES aka GEERTSEMA

Above - Darlene pictured with one of her daughters

Below - Darlene's car, which was found, locked, with her handbag & shoes at a bluff at Devonport Tasmania.

Darlene Avis Styles went missing in Devonport, Tasmania. Her married name is Geertsema.

She went missing around 23 October 1978 or 1979. Date of birth -  Nov 1947.

Darlene Geertsema Disappearance

 Friday, 29 May 2015 - 11:01 am.

Detectives reviewing an investigation into a long-term missing person Darlene Avis Geertsema, of Devonport, have identified a person of interest in her disappearance.
While the case was always treated as a missing person investigation, police now believe it is unlikely Ms Geertsema’s disappearance was voluntary and it is possible that she was
the victim of a crime.

As part of the investigation police are working to gain information on what may have become of Ms Geertsema’s red Holden Sunbird vehicle.
The last known information about the vehicle is that it was sold to an unknown person by a car yard in Launceston in 1984. It was de-registered in 1987.
The missing persons report made in October 1978 stated that Ms Geertsema was last seen leaving her family home in Devonport on Monday 23 October 1978 at around
10.30pm in her 1977 red Holden Sunbird registration AS4119.

Ms Geertsema was aged 31 and has not been seen or heard from since.
Her 5-year-old son, 8-year-old daughter and then partner were in the flat before she disappeared.
Her vehicle was located in a car park off Victoria Parade in the vicinity of the Devonport Oval on Wednesday 25 October 1978, however, information received at the time confirmed the vehicle was in this position at 7:30am Tuesday morning, the day after her disappearance.

Police have recently re-interviewed a number of persons who were involved in Ms Geertsema’s life, including the person of interest.

Investigating officer, Inspector Kim Steven said:
“The disappearance of a friend or neighbour is a significant event and it’s likely that people who were in her life at the time would still have strong memories, even so many years afterwards.
“We’re particularly keen to speak to anyone who knew Ms Geertsema or her partner at that time but was never asked to provide a statement to police.
“The vehicle may also provide opportunities for forensic analysis and we are seeking information on what may have happened to it after it was sold from the Launceston car yard.”

Police would like to hear from anyone who has information relating to the disappearance of Ms Geertsema or about her vehicle and encourage the public to contact Devonport Criminal Investigation Branch on 6478 4036 or Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000

 

Lead in lost mum case, 37 years on

THE daughter of a woman who disappeared 37 years ago has finally been given the chance to tell her story to police.

A fresh investigation has been announced into the disappearance of Darlene Geertsema, who has not been seen since she left her Devonport home in 1978.

Police now believe Ms Geertsema, who was 31, may have been the victim of foul play and have identified a “person of interest” in the cold case.

Ms Geertsema’s daughter Kathryn Gray was eight when her mother vanished.

She said yesterday she was not interviewed by police at the time and does not now ­remember much about the night her mum drove off.

“I can remember things,’’ Mrs Gray said. “However, my memories would have been much fresher when I was younger but I was never asked. I believe the initial investigation was not as thorough as it should have been.

“It has been pretty horrific not knowing what happened to mum. I have children of my own now but they have no grandma. It has been very sad.”

Mrs Gray, how 45, vented her frustration on the Tasmania Missing Persons and ­Unsolved Murders Facebook page.

She has long believed her mother was killed and said she was finally interviewed by police last year.

After treating the case as a missing person investigation for almost four decades, police now believe Ms Geertsema was the victim of a crime.

“I have always known in my heart that she is not alive. But you do fantasise sometimes that she will turn up,” Mrs Gray said

Darlene Avis Geertsema, whose maiden name was Styles, was last seen on October 23, 1978 when she left her home in her car at 10.30pm.

Her two young children and her partner were inside their Devonport unit when Ms Geertsema drove away.

Police believe her red Holden Sunbird could hold the key to solving the crime.

They are concentrating their fresh investigation on what happened to the car.

The vehicle was found in a car park near the Devonport Oval two days after Ms Geertsema left home. But fresh evidence shows the car was seen there the day before.

The last known information is that the car – registration number AS4119 – was sold by an unknown person to a Launceston car yard in 1984. It was deregistered in 1987.

Detective Inspector Kim Steven said police recently reinterviewed a number of people who knew Ms Geertsema, including a person now regarded as someone of interest to the investigation.

“The disappearance of a friend or neighbour is a significant event and it is likely that people who were in her life at the time would still have strong memories, even so many years afterwards,” he said.

“We are particularly keen to speak with anyone who knew Ms Geertsema or her partner at the time but was never asked to provide a statement to police.

“The vehicle may also provide opportunities for forensic analysis and we are seeking information on what may have happened to it after it was sold from the Launceston car yard.”

Mrs Gray hopes someone can provide answers. She said not knowing if her mum was dead or alive had been traumatic.

Mrs Gray and her brother, then five, were placed in foster care after the event.

She said she told police that perhaps her mother got into an argument with someone and was hit and killed – maybe by accident. “This person then panicked and disposed of her,” she said in a recorded interview. “If she is dead she deserves to have her remains found.

“If anybody can remember the car or hearing anything please come forward to help us get answers.”

Anyone with information can contact Devonport CIB on 6478 4036 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.