Gail Leandra KING aka Gail UPTON
years, of Mortess Street, Brahma Lodge.
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.
Gail King Disappeared on July 7, 1997,
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Gail had shown some moodiness before she vanished, which Marvyn put down to her
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
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.