Quanne DIEC

 

 

Case Type: Missing DOB: 1986 - 12 years old when missing
Missing Date: 27/07/1998 Sex: Female
  Height:  5'1" (155 cm)
Missing City: SYDNEY Weight:  Unknown
Missing State :  Hair Color: Black
Missing Country: Australia Eye Color: Brown
Case Number: AUCBnmpu0007  
Circumstances: 12 year old Quanne Diec was last seen by her father at 7.00am on 27 July 1998. Quanne left her Granville, Sydney home to attend school. She intended to catch a train from Clyde to Strathfield. Quanne did not arrive at school and has not been seen since this time. There are grave concerns for her welfare.

Office of the Minister for Police

SYDNEY, 3 February 1999.

MISSING CHILD – SUSPECTED ABDUCTION

TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS ($200,000)  REWARD

ON the 27 July 1998, Quanne DIEC, aged 12 years, left her home at Seventh Street, Granville to walk to the Clyde Railway Station to travel to the Strathfield Girls High School.

Miss DIEC did not arrive at school and there have been no confi rmed sightings of her since leaving home on the 27 July 1998. Grave fears are held for the child’s safety. Notice is hereby given that a reward of up to two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) will be paid by the Government of New South Wales for information leading to the location of Quanne DIEC or the arrest and conviction of any person or persons who may have been responsible for the commission of any serious indictable offence relating to her disappearance.

The reward offer of $100,000 made on the 13 August 1998 is hereby withdrawn and replaced by this offer. The allocation of this reward will be at the sole discretion of the Commissioner of Police.

The urgent assistance and co-operation of the public is especially sought in the matter. Any information, which will be treated as confi dential, may be given at any time of the day or night at any Police Station or by telephone -

Police Headquarters telephone (02) 9281 0000, or

Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000

PAUL WHELAN, LL.B, M.P.,

Minister for Police

 

12-year-old Sydney schoolgirl Quanne bid farewell to her parents as she headed off to catch her train to school on the morning of July 27, 1998. This was the last time she was seen. Police later confirmed the young studious, quiet girl never made it to the Clyde railway station.

Quanne, who lived with her parents in the Sydney suburb of Granville, was feared to have been kidnapped very early on in the investigations. Her disappearance wasn`t reported to Granville Police Station until 10 hours after last being seen. This was because her school did not report her non-attendance as they believed she was probably sick at home and her parents had no reason to think she wasn't at school. 

Her disappearance was totally out of character, with no evident tension in her home or school life. Two years after her disappearance detectives who worked on the case have not publicly stated they believe she is dead. 

However, according to an article in The Sunday Telegraph the opinion of highly experienced former investigators and an expert in child abduction said in all probability she was murdered, possibly even before the search for her had begun. Homicide investigators have never closely examined the case, despite the suspicious circumstances of Quanne`s disappearance. 

One detective described the lack of action on the case as "sickening".  Source: Crimenet
 

 

The strange past of schoolgirl Quanne Diec's alleged killer Vinzent Tarantino


 - Illawarra Mercury

 

The man accused of killing schoolgirl Quanne Diec was put in witness protection and spiralled into mental illness after witnessing the aftermath of a triple-murder a year before he allegedly snatched the schoolgirl, Fairfax Media has learnt.

Quanne, 12, was plucked off a Granville street on July 27, 1998, just minutes after she left home to catch the train to Strathfield Girls High School.

After almost two decades, Vinzent Tarantino, 49, attended Surry Hills police station to be interviewed by detectives on Sunday.

Mr Tarantino, who has been a suspect for 18 years, was subsequently charged with enticing Quanne off Factory Street in Granville, when he was 31 and living around the corner in his family home on Second Street.

He detained her with the intention of holding her for ransom but then murdered her by causing "substantial injury," police allege.

Police have returned to Mr Tarantino's childhood home in Second Street, Granville, for a second day on Tuesday to search for Quanne's remains.

It is just 700 metres from the Diec home, where Quanne's parents Ann and Sam have remained since 1998 in case their daughter walked back into the lives.

"If Quanne did return and we're not here, then she won't know where we have gone," Mr Diec said in 2003.

It's unknown what prompted Mr Tarantino to suddenly speak to police after 18 years. However he had allegedly been walking around Surry Hills with a 35-centimetre kitchen knife on Sunday in an episode that has mimicked other apparent breakdowns he has had in the past.

​Until Sunday, Mr Tarantino appeared to live a normal life with his de facto partner, CBD clothing store manager Michelle, in her apartment in Sydney's inner west.

Yet, Fairfax Media can reveal that he allegedly went to great lengths to hide a chequered past.

He changed his name from Victor David Gerada to a mash-up of Pulp Fiction's creator, Quentin Tarantino, and the film's violent protagonist, Vincent Vega.

In 2006, he had a violent altercation with his then-partner when she found out that he had not disclosed the truth about his earlier life, according to official documents from the time.

His "earlier life" included a shocking incident in 1997, the year before he allegedly killed Quanne, in which he witnessed the aftermath of a triple bikie murder.

He was working as security guard at the Blackmarket Cafe nightclub in Chippendale when three Bandidos bikies were killed in a bloody shoot-out in the basement.

He was one of the first to see the three bodies and described to authorities the "appalling scene" that confronted him.

After giving evidence against the bikie gang, he tried to commit suicide and left the family home to go into a witness protection program, court documents show.

He moved around Sydney constantly to avoid people knowing who he was and spiralled into mental illness that became psychotic at times.

He had violent confrontations with police on several occasions, including throwing a Molotov cocktail at officers and spraying another with petrol, when they tried to prevent him from self harm.

However, Mr Tarantino's upbringing as a child in Granville had been relatively normal.

He was a sports-mad teenager in a family of three children and did well at school. He gave up a carpenter's apprenticeship to work as a Kings Cross security guard.

A neighbour in Second Street, Peter Youssef, told AAP on Monday that the Gerada family had lived in the Granville home since the 1960s and Vincent would sometimes come back to visit his father, Godwin.

In bizarre comments made to a magistrate in Central Local Court on Monday, he said his brother and partner had been murdered in retaliation "for what I have done".

His brother, Allan, and partner, Michelle, are both alive and well.

 

Man accused of murdering schoolgirl Quanne Diec leads police on Bulli bush search


 - Illawarra Mercury

The man accused of murdering missing schoolgirl Quanne Diec has led detectives through bushland in Bulli Tops in the search for her remains.

Vinzent Tarantino, 49, was charged by police on Sunday, almost two decades after Quanne, 12, was plucked off a Granville street.

He is accused of enticing her off the street just metres from her home, detaining her with the intention of holding her for ransom and then murdering her on July 27, 1998.

For much of the day on Wednesday, Mr Tarantino, dressed in prison greens and handcuffs, walked through bushland in Bulli Tops with police officers.​

Rosehill police commander, Superintendent Scott Whyte, said nothing was found on Wednesday but Mr Tarantino had showed officers several locations in the bushland area off Appin Road that may be relevant to the search.

However, he said it would be "very difficult" to find Quanne's remains.

It's understood Mr Tarantino's memory is very patchy and the bushland area has changed over time.

"[The bushland] is extremely dense and obviously, in 18 years, you can imagine there's been significant environmental factors that have impacted on growth ... that's going to make it a very difficult task," he told reporters at the scene on Wednesday afternoon.

He said the search concluded on Wednesday and police will use "high-level images" taken of the site and other information given by Mr Tarantino to assess the best course of action.

"It's our number one priority to bring Quanne home to her parents," he said.

Quanne left her home on Seventh Street, Granville, about 7.30am on July 27, 1998, to go to Strathfield Girls High School.

She was intending to catch a train from Clyde to Strathfield but was never seen again.

Police believe she was enticed into a van on Factory Street, Granville, about 400 metres away from both the Diecs' home and the home of Mr Tarantino.

A stunning breakthrough in the case came on Sunday when Mr Tarantino attended Surry Hills police station to be interviewed by detectives. He was subsequently charged.

Mr Tarantino, who changed his name from Victor David Gerada, has been a suspect in Quanne's disappearance for 18 years.

Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday that it's unknown what prompted Mr Tarantino suddenly to speak to police after 18 years.

However, he had allegedly been walking around Surry Hills with a 35-centimetre kitchen knife on Sunday in an episode that has mimicked other apparent mental breakdowns he has had in the past.

Police have spent the past three days searching the Geradas' home in Granville for Quanne's remains.

A mattress and other items were taken away for examination and parts of the back yard have been dug up.

3.20pm: Police address the media regarding search of Bulli bushland for remains of Quanne Diec. 

2.20pm: A heavy fog has fallen on the search area, reducing visibility to less than 30 metres.
 

Earlier: The man accused of murdering missing schoolgirl Quanne Diec is leading detectives through bushland at Bulli in the search for her remains.

Search dogs have arrived at the search site which is covering an area about 1km north of the Southern Gateway Centre, in bushland on the western side of Appin Road.
 

Vinzent Tarantino, 49, was charged by police on Sunday, almost two decades after Quanne, 12, was plucked off a Granville street.

The search is covering an area about 1km north of the Southern Gateway Centre, in bushland on the western side of Appin Road.

He is accused of enticing her off the street just metres from her home, detaining her with the intention of holding her ransom and then murdering her on July 27, 1998.

Aerial footage from Channel Seven shows Mr Tarantino, in prison greens and handcuffs, walking through bushland in Bulli Tops, near Wollongong, on Wednesday afternoon with police officers.

A police spokesman refused to comment other than to say: "A police operation is currently underway in bushland in Bulli Tops. No further information is available."
 

Quanne left her home on Seventh Street, Granville, about 7.30am on July 27, 1998, to go to Strathfield Girls High School.

She was intending to catch a train from Clyde to Strathfield but was never seen again.

Police believe she was enticed into a van on Factory Street, Granville, about 400 metres away from both the Diecs' home and the home of Mr Tarantino.

A stunning breakthrough in the case came on Sunday when Mr Tarantino attended Surry Hills police station to be interviewed by detectives. He was subsequently charged.

Mr Tarantino, who changed his name from Victor David Gerada, has been a suspect in Quanne's disappearance for 18 years.

Fairfax Media reported on Tuesday that it's unknown what prompted Mr Tarantino suddenly to speak to police after 18 years.

However, he had allegedly been walking around Surry Hills with a 35-centimetre kitchen knife on Sunday in an episode that has mimicked other apparent mental breakdowns he has had in the past.

Police have spent the past three days searching the Geradas' home in Granville for Quanne's remains. 


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Police search Cataract for schoolgirl Quanne Diec's body

 

Police will search an area of bushland at Cataract in the ongoing quest to find the body of 12-year-old schoolgirl Quanne Diec, allegedly murdered almost two decades ago.

The three-day search of dense bushland off Appin Road starts on Monday, following an earlier investigation in Bulli Tops in 2016 which failed to locate her body.

A 49-year-old man was charged with her murder in November 2016.

Officers from Rosehill Local Area Command and the Forensic Services Group will conduct the search into the possible location of Quanne's body.

The student went missing on July 27, 1998 after leaving her Granville home to catch the train to Strathfield Girls' High School.
 

Police combed an address in Granville in the search for Quanne's remains in 2016 before continuing their search at Bulli Tops, east of Cataract.