Lisa Joanne GOVAN
Above - Police raided the Club Deroes clubhouse in 2017
Above - Acting Detective Sergeant Vince Kinsella with Lisa's poster. Photo from The West
Age when missing: 28 years
Lisa Govan was last seen at approximately 7.30am on the morning of Friday 8 October 1999 in the vicinity of the Foundry Hotel Bottleshop, Kalgoorlie. Despite extensive inquiries by Police and family, her whereabouts are not known.
WA: Police raid bikie HQ after woman goes missing
From: AAP General News (Australia) Date: October 15, 1999
Police have raided the
Kalgoorlie headquarters of the Club Deroes
motorcycle gang following the disappearance of a
woman from a nightclub last week.
Lisa Joanne Govan, 28, was last seen outside the bikies' Boulder Road clubhouse about 6am on October 8, having earlier left the Safari nightclub.
Detective Sergeant Louise Ball of Kalgoorlie police said detectives raided the property last night and seized a number of "items of interest". However, no arrests had been made.
"At this stage we don't know if the bikies are connected with the disappearance or not, but obviously we are taking seriously the fact that she was last seen outside the clubhouse," Sgt Ball said.
She said Ms Govan, who had just been retrenched from her job at a local assay laboratory, had been out drinking with her former work colleagues at Safari's nightclub in Hannan
Street for most of the evening.
She was reported missing by her de facto husband who returned to an empty home after finishing a night shift.
Sgt Ball said Ms Govan's disappearance was out of character. "She is very close to her family who live in Perth and she normally speaks to them every day or every second day," she said.
"They haven't heard from her at all and they're very worried about her, and so are we."
Ms Govan is described as 157cm tall, of slim build and with long brown hair. She was last seen wearing a short black skirt and black lace top.
Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers.
WA: Police increasingly worried over missing woman
From: AAP General News (Australia) Date: October 18, 1999
Police say they're becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of a 28-year-old Kalgoorlie woman last seen outside a bikies' clubhouse 10 days ago.
LISA JOANNE GOVAN was last seen at about 6am on October 8 outside the Club Deroes clubhouse in Boulder Road.
She had earlier left Safari's nightclub in Hannan Street in a taxi with a group of people.
Detective Senior Constable BRENDAN KAYS of Kalgoorlie police said Ms GOVAN had not contacted her family nor touched her bank accounts since she went missing.
He says police are following up information provided by the public after footage from Safari's nightclub surveillance cameras was shown on television, showing her with several
Although most had been eliminated from the inquiry, police are anxious to speak with a shaven-headed man captured on film with Ms GOVAN.
Ms GOVAN is described as 157cm tall, of slim build and with long brown hair and was last seen wearing a short black skirt and black lace top.
Anyone with information is asked to contact CrimeStoppers.
WA: Police call for anonymous caller to contact them
From: AAP General News (Australia) Date: December 21, 2000
KALGOORLIE, WA, Dec 21 AAP - A man who called Crimestoppers with information into the disappearance of a Kalgoorlie woman last year has been urged to contact police again.
Lisa Joanne Govan, 29, disappeared outside the Club Deroes headquarters in Kalgoorlie, 500km east of Perth, in October 1999 and until now police have been stumped by her disappearance.
Last week, West Australian Police Minister Kevin Prince announced a $50,000- reward for information about Ms Govan, who was last seen outside the club at about 6am on October
Detective Senior Sergeant Kim Gage appealed to the man who left a message with Crimestoppers to contact him. Snr Sgt Gage said police had followed up every lead they had been given - including
information provided by a psychic in the United States. Ms Govan's family had sought the psychic's help in a bid to find their daughter but the information had not led police anywhere, he said.
Ms Govan had been out drinking with her former work colleagues at Safari's nightclub in Hannan Street
for most of the evening before she disappeared. She was reported missing by her de facto husband who returned to an empty home after finishing a night shift.
WA: Reward for woman last seen with bikies
From: AAP General News (Australia) Date: December 13, 2000
A reward has been offered for information regarding the disappearance of a 28-year-old woman last seen at a motorcycle clubhouse in October last year.
West Australian police minister Kevin Prince today announced the $50,000 reward for information about Lisa Joanne Govan who had been among associates and club members at
the Club Deroes headquarters at Boulder, 500km east of Perth. The last confirmed sighting of Ms Govan was about 7.30am on October 8, 1999.
Mr Prince said today that despite extensive inquiries there had been no further sightings. He said the reward would be paid for information leading to the apprehension and conviction
of the person or persons responsible for Ms Govan's disappearance.
Wed 13 December, 2000
$50,000 reward offered over missing girl
The State Government today offered a $50,000 reward to anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Lisa Joanne Govan.
Ms Govan was last seen at a social gathering at the Club Deroes Headquarters in Boulder in the company of a group of associates and club members. She remained after her associates left and was reported as a missing person later that afternoon.
A police investigation established the last confirmed sighting of Ms Govan was at about 7.30am on October 8, 1999, when she was seen re-entering the compound surrounding the Club Deroes Headquarters.
Despite extensive inquiries and intense media coverage there have been no further sightings.
Police Minister Kevin Prince said today the $50,000 reward would be paid by the Government for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for Ms Govan’s disappearance.
A free pardon will be extended to any person who is not directly responsible for her disappearance and who gives sufficient information or evidence that leads to her present whereabouts, or the apprehension of those responsible for her disappearance.
“The allocation of the reward will be at the sole discretion of the Commissioner of Police,” Mr Prince said.
“The co-operation and assistance of all members of the public is urgently sought in this matter.”
Information can be given to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, the Officer in Charge of the Kalgoorlie Detectives Office on (08) 9021 9703, or to any police station.
What I am doing is not scientific but it does bring new things into light,
WA Police have raided two properties with links to an outlaw motorcycle gang in relation to a cold case murder investigation, after receiving "very credible information" regarding the disappearance of a Goldfields woman.
The raids on the Club Deroes headquarters in Kalgoorlie and the Perth suburb of Cloverdale come more than 18 years after Lisa Govan disappeared from Kalgoorlie.
Ms Govan's body has never been found but police are treating the case as a homicide.
Following the raids, WA Police announced they were increasing the reward for information about the case from $50,000 to $250,000.
Ms Govan was 28 when she vanished from Kalgoorlie in 1999, and was last seen on the morning of October 8 outside the Foundry Hotel bottle shop on Boulder Road.
Police Commissioner Chris Dawson said the Club Deroes' headquarters in Kalgoorlie was, at the time, adjacent to where Ms Govan was last seen.
"They are not the only focus, but they do remain a point of investigation."
But he would not reveal what police were looking for, or what if anything they found as a result of today's raids.
Commissioner Dawson urged anyone who knew anything about the case to come forward, saying people could do so anonymously.
"We strongly believe there are people out in the community who know what has happened to Lisa," he said.
"Ms Govan's family deserve answers and the community deserves answers."
Despite extensive inquiries by police and family, Ms Govan's whereabouts remain a mystery.
Speaking after the police announcement, Lisa's father Ian Govan said he hoped someone would come forward with new information.
"It's been a long time. A lot of people have moved on, out of town," he said.
"People have got knowledge with them.
"Hopefully, the announcement of this increase in the reward will bring somebody forward. We don't know. We can only hope."
"It doesn't get any easier with time either," Ms Govan's sister Ginette Jackson added.
At the time of her disappearance, police investigating the case said they were struggling with the code of silence synonymous with outlaw motorcycle gangs.
That prompted the then State Government to offer a $50,000 reward for information leading to the apprehension or conviction of those responsible.
A massive reward has prompted hundreds of calls to cold case detectives investigating the disappearance and suspected murder of Kalgoorlie woman Lisa Govan nearly 20 years ago.
Police from the Cold Case Homicide Squad today returned to Western Australia's Goldfields region to retrace the movements of Ms Govan, who was 28 when she was last seen outside the Foundry Hotel bottle shop in Boulder Road on October 8, 1999.
It comes just three months after police raided two properties with links to an outlaw motorcycle gang, including the Kalgoorlie headquarters of the Club Deroes, revealing they had received "very credible information" regarding her disappearance.
Detective Sergeant Matthew Atkinson said police have received hundreds of phone calls delivering new leads to the investigation since the State Government's original offer of a $50,000 reward was increased to $250,000 in October.
"Because we've received a large volume of information from the public, we're trying to timeline the movements of witnesses to try and verify the time that Lisa was last seen," Detective Sergeant Atkinson said.
"We've had a number of people who were living in Kalgoorlie at the time come forward and provide us with times and their movements when they saw Lisa on the 8th of October, 1999.
"From that we've narrowed down the timeframe to 7:30-7:45 of that morning.
"What we're doing at the moment is trying to verify those times by timelining their movements from certain locations to where she was sighted on Boulder Road."
Ms Govan had been on a night out at Sylvester's nightclub in Kalgoorlie and caught a taxi to the Foundry Hotel before she disappeared.
Police have spoken with the taxi driver and dozens of people who saw her that night.
Detective Sergeant Atkinson said two men she was with have been identified and are assisting police with their investigation.
He would not be drawn on whether police had found any evidence during last October's raids.
"I am not in a position to comment on forensic testing at this time," Detective Sergeant Atkinson said.
The Foundry Hotel has since been destroyed by fire and the site has been transformed into a drive-through coffee shop and service station.
An old shed on adjacent land, which housed the Kalgoorlie chapter of the Club Deroes outlaw motorcycle gang's clubhouse in 1999, is still standing.
The ABC was today taken to four different locations by police, including the Foundry Hotel and addresses on Tupper and Hamilton streets and Speculation Road, which are part of the investigation.
Police would not reveal the significance of the locations.
Ms Govan's parents, Ian and Pat, came to Kalgoorlie-Boulder last year with Perth medium Claudia Renner to film a documentary they hoped would lead to new clues about her disappearance.
Detective Sergeant Atkinson said police are in contact with the family but their work with the medium was not part of the investigation at this stage.
"We've not looked at that at all — we are focusing on the evidence we are gathering at this time but certainly we are open to receiving any information they may have received or found themselves," he said.
Ms Govan was of slim build and 155 centimetres tall, with brown hair, blue eyes and a fair complexion.
The morning she disappeared she was wearing a black skirt, a black long-sleeved top, black sandals and a leather choker with a dolphin pendant. She was carrying a black handbag.
Detective Sergeant Atkinson said police want to bring closure to the family.
"We've got some very dedicated people at the Cold Case Homicide Squad, we've had some good results and we certainly don't leave any stone unturned trying to identify what happened.
"We work to try and identify what's happened to these people so we can bring closure to the family."