Gail Leandra KING aka Gail UPTON


 28 years, of Mortess Street, Brahma Lodge.

Rewards up to the amounts shown will be paid by the Government of South Australia, at the discretion of the Commissioner of Police, to anyone who provides information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or people responsible for crimes posted.


REWARD $200,000

Gail King Disappeared on July 7, 1997,  presumed murdered.

The Brahma Lodge mother, 28, was last seen leaving her holiday home at Minlaton, on Yorke Peninsula, SA. Police have searched a location on southern Yorke Peninsula for her remains after receiving information from the public, but no arrest has been made.

Gail King was residing with her defacto husband and two children aged 5 and 3 respectively, at the Brahma Lodge address.

Over the weekend of 5/6/7 July, 1997, the family attend at their Minlaton house on the Yorke Peninsula, the missing person arrived on Sunday, 6 July, 97.

At about 6.00pm on Monday, 7 July 1997, Gail King left the house in her Toyota Corolla Hatch vehicle to return to Adelaide due to other commitments. (This is the last positive sighting of King). King’s defacto returned to their Brahma Lodge home at around 6.00pm on Tuesday, 8 July, to find King’s vehicle parked in the driveway and lights to the house on. The house was in a secured state, with no signs of a disturbance. King was reported missing to police the following day, Wednesday, 9 July, 1997.

Concerns are held for the safety of King as she has not made contact with her family or children, failed to keep appointments and failed to return to work after annual leave. King has not accessed her bank accounts or contacted friends.

King is described as 28 years, 175 cm’s, 85 kg’s, heavy build, olive complexion, brown wavy hair which was pushed back and below the shoulder and she has brown eyes. King was last seen wearing loose fitting type clothing.  Also missing is her black vinyl handbag 30cm by 20cm, gold clasp, 60cm shoulder strap, containing keys, personal papers, photographs and a black wallet type purse which may have contained $200.00.

The matter has been declared a major crime and if any person knows the whereabouts of King or can assist with the investigation could they please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Gail and her partner Marvyn Upton were renovating their second home at Minlaton on Yorke Peninsula when something happened that overturned her life.
Gail, three months' pregnant, told Marvyn she had to return suddenly to Adelaide for a work meeting.
The mother of two got into her Toyota Corolla and drove away. It was the last Marvyn and children, Tyson, then 5, and Bethany, 3, saw of her.
Gail did drive back to Adelaide and the family home at Brahma Lodge where Marvyn found the car parked in the driveway the next day.
The lights in the home were on and six albums of family photos containing 100 photos were missing, as were Gail's black vinyl handbag and purse.
The house was locked.
Police immediately tried to retrace Gail's movements after leaving Minlaton.
It was discovered she had not gone to her work - she was a carer at a Gilles Plains nursing home - and seemed to have had no contact with friends or relatives.
Her bank accounts had not been used.
What did come as a surprise was a confirmed report Gail had been seen drinking with an unknown man at the White Horse Inn on Port Wakefield Rd, Bolivar.
There was no evidence to suggest Gail and Marvyn were having relationship problems.
Marvyn, a lawn-mowing contractor, had met his future partner over drinks at Brahma Lodge Squash Centre and the two moved in together a year after their first date.
Gail had shown some moodiness before she vanished, which Marvyn put down to her being pregnant.
Major Crime followed up a variety of leads and concluded Gail had not run off, was a conscientious worker and a loving mother.
"There were a lot of things she would do that she failed to do," one investigator said.
This led to the conclusion Gail may have been murdered.
Sunday Mail (28-12-2003)
Anna Merola/ Peter Haran

$100,000 reward over missing mum
August 24, 2006 02:40pm - Adelaide Now

A $100,000 reward is being offered for information about the suspected murder of an Adelaide woman who went missing almost 10 years ago.

Gail Leandra King was last sighted on July 7, 1997, after leaving the Yorke Peninsula town of Minlaton, where she had been holidaying with her de facto partner and two children, to return to her suburban Adelaide home.

When her partner and children arrived home the following day, Ms King's car was in the driveway and lights were on inside the Brahma Lodge house but the then 28-year-old was not there.

Police said there were no signs of a disturbance at the house.

They said there was no explanation for Ms King's disappearance and it was strongly suspected Ms King was murdered.

The SA government today said public assistance was earnestly being sought to solve Ms King's disappearance.

It said a reward of up to $100,000 would be paid to anyone with information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for her suspected murder.

Anyone with information should contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.