Amber Haigh was allegedly last seen at Campbelltown Railway Station,
Sydney where it was claimed she was dropped off on 5 June 2002. Amber was to attend Mt Druitt Hospital to visit her
father, but did not arrive. She had been living in the small town of Harden
NSW. There are grave fears for Amber's
safety and welfare.
Reported missing to: Young Police Station.
Reward of $100,000 to solve
disappearance of Amber Haigh
A $100,000 reward is on offer to solve the mysterious disappearance and
suspected death of 19 year old Amber Haigh in 2002.
It is hoped the reward will prompt someone to come forward with new
Ms Haigh was reported missing on 19 June, 2002 by a
married couple who she had been living with in the rural town of Kingsvale
in southern NSW.
The couple told police that they dropped Ms Haigh off at
the Campbelltown railway station on 5 June, 2002 and never heard from her
Police believe that Ms Haigh met with foul play, but they have been
unable to find enough evidence to prosecute anyone over her dissappearance.
Despite extensive searches of the Kingsvale area, she is yet to be
Someone within the tight-knit community of Kingsvale could hold the
key to solving the mysterious disappearance.
The smallest piece of information may allow police to close this case.
Strike Force Villamar was set up to investigate the case, but
police say they have exhausted all avenues of enquiry.
There are still many unanswered questions in the Amber Haigh case and
it is only with help from the public that police can expect a breakthrough.
Do you have information that can help police with this case?
Any information you have about this is worth giving to police, no
matter how small or insignificant it may seem.
You can provide information to police via any of the methods
Any information provided will be treated in the strictest
Your help may give police the clue they need to close this case
and provide some comfort for the families of victims.
Renewed appeal to locate missing woman - Campbelltown 3 August
Police from Cootamundra Local Area Command have renewed their appeal to the
public in trying to locate a woman who went missing at Campbelltown in 2002.
In conjunction with National Missing Persons Week, police are investigating the
disappearance of Amber Michelle Haigh, who was 19-years-old when she went
missing from Campbelltown Railway Station on 5 June 2002.
Ms Haigh is described as being 160cm, thin build, with brown shoulder-length
hair and green/hazel eyes. She was last seen wearing a green jumper, dark
tracksuit pants and joggers. She was also carrying a bag with clothes in it.
Anyone who has any information in relation to Ms Haighs location is urged to
contact Young Police on 02 6382 8199 or Crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Monday, 2 August 2004
It is National Missing Persons Week and police are hoping to gather any clues
for the families of about 9,000 people who go missing every year across NSW.
There are many cases continuing to baffle police locally. Amber Haigh is
described as thin, with brown hair and green-hazel eyes. Anyone with information
should contact Young police.
Police fear for missing woman
Detectives at Young, in central southern NSW, have escalated their enquiries
into the disappearance of a local woman. Police have been told Amber Haigh was
dropped off at Campbelltown Railway Station on the night of Friday, June 5, but
she has not been seen since. Detective Sergeant Gae Crea says Strike Force
Villimar is now trying to locate people of interest in the Young area, around
Campbelltown and around Tahmoor near Picton.
Murder accused granted bail
12 Dec, 2003 08:23 AM - Cowra Guardian
A Harden man accused of murdering his pregnant girlfriend a decade
ago was released on bail at Cowra Local Court on Wednesday after
reinvestigations resulted in a fresh murder charge.
Forty-three-year-old Robert Samuel Geeves of Huntleigh Rd, Harden was
first charged with murder after Janelle Goodwin received a fatal gun
shot wound to the head on June 20, 1993 at his property near Wombat.
He was discharged at the committal hearing stage in 1993, however
a police reinvestigation occurred in which new evidence from experts and
witnesses came to light.
At 11.42am Wednesday morning Geeves attended the Young Police
Station and was arrested in relation to the death.
At court that afternoon police prosecutor Sergeant Mitchell
Croyston opposed bail, citing the seriousness of the charge and the
strength of new evidence by two experts regarding human movement and
New evidence from a man and Geeve's son regarding the couple's
relationship was also mentioned by Sgt Croyston, who added there were
fears for the safety of the witnesses if Geeves was released.
He said a threat towards the son had been recorded by police on a
listening device during investigations into the disappearance of
19-year-old Amber Haigh, who went missing in June last year.
Defence solicitor Geoff Casey told the court there was no dispute
that in 1993, the victim had died as a result of a gunshot wound.
The "violent interludes" between the couple had been made
abundantly clear from the start, Mr Casey said.
Geeves had continued to live in Harden since the death and had
since remarried and bought land there; "all of his roots are in that
The last time Geeves had seen Ms Haigh was when he and his wife
had dropped her off at the Campbelltown Railway Station, while the
threats towards his son had been in a completely different situation and
context, Mr Casey said.
He concluded by stating that Geeves had been tested and had chosen
to "stand and fight" rather than leave the area and avoid the charge.
Sgt Croyston then added that the Director of Public Prosecutions,
after reviewing the new evidence, had "directed, not recommended" that
Geeves be charged with the death.
Magistrate Phillip Moon described the matter as "extraordinary"
with the issue resurrected after Geeves had been discharged a decade
He noted that Geeves had community ties and that the case was
circumstantial with no eyewitnesses, choosing to grant Geeves bail
following $5000 surety with an associate of Geeves also required to put
forward the same amount.
The case has been adjourned to Young Local Court on January 20.
$100,000 reward for info on Amber Haigh
August 18, 2007 - 11:44AM - The Age
NSW police are hoping a $100,000 reward will help solve a
five-year-old mystery surrounding the disappearance and suspected death of a
NSW Police Minister David Campbell said the reward could lead to finding
or solving the case surrounding Amber Haigh who disappeared when she was 19.
"$100,000 is on offer to anyone who provides information that leads to the
arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the suspected
death of Ms Haigh," Mr Campbell said.
"Police believe that Ms Haigh met with foul play, but they have been
unable to find enough evidence to prosecute anyone over her disappearance."
A married couple who lived with Ms Haigh in Kingsvale, southern NSW,
reported her missing on June 19, 2002.
They had dropped her off at Campbelltown railway station in Sydney's west
on June 5, 2002, but never heard from her again.
Mr Campbell said despite extensive investigations police were unable to
uncover any clues about her disappearance.
"There are still many unanswered questions in the Amber Haigh case and it
is only with help from the public that police can expect a breakthrough," he
Police up-beat about solving Amber Haigh case
Wed Sep 5, 2007
10:43am AEST - ABC
Police say they are still hopeful that a $100,000 reward
will help solve a five-year-old possible homicide case in southern New South
Wales despite no new local leads.
It has been more than two weeks since NSW Police Minister David Campbell
announced the reward for information that could help solve the mystery of
19-year-old Amber Haigh's disappearance in 2002.
Inspector Dean Smith of Cootamundra police says there has been no local
responses to the reward, but he is still hopeful.
"We haven't been overwhelmed by responses which is disappointing by our
point of view, but if we can keep this investigation, or this missing person
case out there, then we're hopeful that people will still contact us," he said.
Welcome to Harden, a shire shrouded in mystery. One woman is dead, another
missing, and somehow they are linked, writes Eamonn Duff.
Scarecrows stalk the main street, false eyes vacantly scanning this
middle-of-nowhere town. They prop against power poles, signposts, almost
anything in Harden that stands still long enough.
As a symbolic connection to the local spring-time show, the scarecrows are
silent sentinels for the town and all within. Old-timers assure they are
temporary. Something to do with the children.
An oddity, perhaps, but trivial in a country town where unanswered
questions hang like dark clouds.
One woman is dead and one woman is missing.
Something bad - something awful - has happened here.
Even the police are predicting "a story to unfold like no other".
The story involves Janelle Goodwin, a pregnant 29-year-old who was shot in
Another central character is orchard worker Robert Geeves, who admits
dumping her naked body in a wheelbarrow.
Plot twists and turns bring us to teenager Amber Haigh who, like so many
others, was lured to this pocket of south-west NSW by the promise of work as a
fruit picker. It was her first stint away from mother Ros and their Sydney home.
She made the 350-kilometre trek to stay with her great aunt at Kingsvale, a
village on the fringes of Harden shire.
Concern nagged at her mum.
Amber was 17 years old but, developmentally delayed; she viewed life
through the gaze of a prepubescent. Although she could manage day-to-day tasks,
in her mother's words, she was vulnerable and easily led.
Amber never grew up.
"I always worried for my daughter's well-being," Ros explains. "When she
left, I was comforted by the fact that she was able to stay with an aunty ... I
felt safer knowing that."
No one in the family feels safe any more. Not in Harden, not anywhere. Not
since Amber disappeared from the shire seven years ago, leaving behind her baby
son and a litany of loss.
"I feel helpless, frustrated, angry, hurt and upset because I think
someone has taken my daughter away," says Ros, who asks for her surname and
suburb to be withheld.
What she would give for a full night's sleep. "I am constantly thinking
about Amber. Every day it goes over and over in my head.
I always ask why."
Amber never knew Janelle Goodwin. They met their fates almost a decade
apart, but they do have place and one person in common - the bed of Harden shire
orchard worker Robert Geeves.
Ms Goodwin was first. At the age of 29, and pregnant to Mr Geeves, her
body was discovered in a barrow beneath a tarp inside a shearing shed behind his
Kingsvale farmhouse on June 21, 1993.
She was naked, tied from ankles to throat, wrapped in bed sheets with a
shopping bag over her head. She had been shot through the nose at close range
with a .22 rifle.
Police were called a day after the shooting. Mr Geeves confessed to
putting her body in the shed. They had been drinking. They argued, then
struggled. The gun went off. He panicked. He cleaned the scene.
It was a terrible accident.
Mr Geeves was charged with murder, pleading not guilty. A magistrate
discharged him in Cootamundra Local Court due to insufficient evidence. The
ruling meant the case could be prosecuted in the future.
And it was. Police reapplied the heat after Mr Geeves and wife Anne
contacted police on June 19, 2002, to report that Amber Haigh - another of his
live-in lovers - had vanished in the night.
The resurrected investigation led to Mr Geeves being tried in the NSW
Supreme Court over Ms Goodwin's death. Prosecutors were confident: they had
ballistics advice and fresh witness statements. The trial took more than three
years. Mr Geeves was found not guilty of murder. The jury members agreed: it was
a terrible accident.
Ms Goodwin's death was not the first time Mr Geeves, now 49, had been
acquitted of serious charges.
In 1986, two 13-year-old girls from nearby Young failed to return home
from school. They were missing for more than a fortnight.
When they finally resurfaced, one filed a police statement alleging she
had been kept prisoner in a wheat silo and was sexually assaulted by Mr Geeves.
The other teenager contradicted the claims.
Again, he was cleared.
Mr Geeves maintains his innocence in all matters, and The Sun-Herald does
not suggest otherwise.
We arrive in Harden on a steaming day full of small, sticky flies.
Driving through the scarecrow honour guard, we run head-first into another
Stephen King-style moment: giant spiders have invaded the town's only motel.
They are monsters, like tennis balls even in curls of death, and we're told that
no one, including the local pest control man, have seen their kind before.
Admittedly, as we check in, it is tempting to chase riddles of spiders and
scarecrows, but somewhere within the shire boundaries are clues to a far more
"We believe something bad has happened to Amber Haigh," says local area
police commander Keith Price, appealing for any assistance that may lead to a
breakthrough. "Someone in this community has information that can end this once
and for all."
About 3500 live in Harden shire, although the population swells
considerably in this corner of the "Golden Triangle" - so called due to its
favourable conditions for growing wheat - from October to December. That's when
students, backpackers and other transients flock to the harvest. (A cherry
grower in Young this season fielded 5000 inquiries from potential pickers.)
The town of Harden itself is a twin, joined at the hyphenated hip to
bordering Murrumburrah, settled in the 1850s.
One face of that twin shines with the rural charm of a bygone era.
A private museum salutes the birth of the Australian Light Horse while the
historical society hails glory days of gold rushes, faster trains and bumper
crops. The second-hand bookshop boasts almost as many titles as the council does
ratepayers. Imposing churches from three denominations offer a reminder why it
could have been confused with God's country. A new medical centre and nursing
home point to a forgiving future.
But turn the other cheek, and this shire is masked in shadow.
Beyond isolation, drought and the desperation of such a combination,
there's an unhealthy mix of the unknown, unbelievable and uncertain. The
community's collective expression contorts whenever someone, usually an
outsider, mentions Amber Haigh or Janelle Goodwin. What once was the talk of the
town is now whispered behind hands.
"We wondered when the big media would finally arrive," one businessman
tells us. "We don't want our names mentioned but we want people to hear what has
happened around here."
Big media will follow in droves when an inquest - to be announced tomorrow
- is held next year into Amber's disappearance. They will focus on her
The Geeveses, described as her "carers" in early reports, told police they
had dropped her at Campbelltown railway station at 8.30 one winter night, having
driven about four hours from the shire.
They said Amber wanted to make a surprise visit to her critically ill
father in Mount Druitt Hospital. She left her son Royce with them, farewelling
the five-month-old with a kiss and a hug.
The couple went to the police when she failed to return home after a
fortnight. They appealed publicly for help finding her.
"Amber, come home, Roycey needs you," Mr Geeves said at the time. "He's
growing at the moment - what you miss today you don't get back tomorrow."
Police set up a strike force. They searched the ramshackle weatherboard
house where she had been living with the Geeveses. They also checked abandoned
mineshafts littering the 160-hectare property. Nothing was found. Even a
$100,000 reward for information yielded nought.
But the extra police attention did make Harden more protective of its own,
and others. Regulars at the town's Commercial Hotel tell of how patrons pulled
on the machismo one evening when someone they no longer trusted tried chatting
up a barmaid: "All the guys in the bar stopped what they were doing and stood to
attention with their chests all puffed out."
The troublemaker hightailed it.
Amber has not touched her bank accounts since she went missing. She has
never contacted relatives or friends. Not her parents. Not her baby boy.
Turns out Amber had also fallen pregnant to Mr Geeves. Royce was his son,
although the boy is now in the custody of Amber's relatives.
We approached the Geeveses at their property on what would have been her
27th birthday. Amber, if she was around, would have wanted to blow out the
candles on her favourite cake: sponge with jam and icing.
At least that's the sort of cake her aunt used to make before the girl
struck up a relationship with the older couple down the road.
Mr Geeves acknowledged the mystery of Amber's disappearance still had an
effect on him. "Of course it does, but I have nothing to say." His wife Anne
added: "We'd love to know what happened."
So too would her long-suffering family, the authorities and the good folk
of Harden who, like the name suggests, are a resilient lot.
Younger sister Melissa thinks about her every day. "I miss and love her so
much. She will be in my heart forever ... I was a cheeky kid but Amber would
always say: 'Melissa,
I love you no matter what'."
Everyone is steeling themselves for this inquest. The proceedings promise
rage and resentment. Fingers crossed, relief too.
Mr Geeves and his wife will take legal advice before deciding to give
While they are deciding, Harden locals recommend we chat to a youngish
lady in town about him. She tells us: "He's a good man ... what's it got to do
The inquest aims to determine what it has to do with anyone.
Amber's mother hopes for justice. She wants to make sure another young
life is not wasted: "We do not want to see another family grieve a loss such as
Inquest to be held into Haigh case
Thu Feb 11, 2010
An inquest into the disappearance of a woman who was living
near Young, in south-west New South Wales, is to be held almost eight years
after she vanished.
Nineteen-year-old mother Amber Michelle Haigh was last seen in June 2002
at Sydney's Campbelltown railway station.
Two weeks later she was reported missing by a couple she had been living
with on a farm at Kingsvale, between Young and Harden.
Despite an eight-year investigation and a $100,000 reward for information,
police have few leads.
They believe she has met with foul play.
An inquest into Ms Haigh's disappearance and possible murder will be held
on March 5 in the Glebe Coroners Court in Sydney.
It is set down for one day before magistrate Scott Mitchell.
Police still investigating Haigh disappearance
Mon Mar 8, 2010
12:36pm AEDT - ABC
Police say they have not given up solving the disappearance
of Amber Haigh, 19, from the Young district.
Ms Haigh's son, five months old at the time of her disappearance, has been
cared for by relatives since June 2002 when his mother was last seen at the
Campbelltown railway station.
The case was mentioned in the Glebe Coroner's Court on Friday and was
adjourned for another mention late next month.
Inspector Dave Cockram from the Cootamundra local area command says the
inquest into the Kingsvale woman's disappearance is not expected in the
"I don't think so, even after this extended period of time we receive
information and we're acting on that," Inspector Cockram said.
"We still have to make certain our inquiries are finalised before the
matter ends up in the coroner's court."
Inspector Cockram says a big reward is still in place for information that
finds Ms Haigh.
"The Police Minister back in 2007 issued a $100,000 reward for anyone that
can provide information to the police that leads to the conviction of the person
that was responsible for Amber's disappearance," he said.
"So I can only reinforce that. Please, if anyone has any information in
relation to this matter, please give me a call."
Fears of foul play for Amber Haigh
MEG PIGRAM - The Young Witness
14 Jul, 2010 10:32 AM
THE inquest into the disappearance of missing local girl Amber
Michelle Haigh was heard in Glebe’s Coroners Court last Friday.
Cootamundra Local Area Command, crime co-ordinator Sergeant David
Cockram said police applied for adjournment for a further four to six
weeks to allow for the investigation to continue.
“This matter is still under investigation, with two Detectives
full time on this matter, one being myself and another from Young,”
Sergeant Cockram said.
“Police remind members of the community there is a $100,000 reward
for information leading to the conviction of persons involved in Amber's
“Anyone with information can contact me directly on 6942 0025 or
Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000,” he said.
Miss Haigh was last seen on June 5, 2002 in Campbelltown, Sydney.
The then 19-year-old was about 160 centimetres tall, had a fair
complexion and was a thin build with green/hazel eyes.
Ms Haigh was reported missing on June 19, 2002 by a married couple
who she had been living with in Kingsvale.
The couple told police that they dropped Ms Haigh off at the
Campbelltown railway station on June 5, where they never heard from her
Police believe that Ms Haigh met with foul play, but they have
been unable to find enough evidence to prosecute anyone over her
Despite extensive searches of the Kingsvale area, she is yet to be
found but police believe someone within the tight-knit community of
Kingsvale could hold the key to solving the mysterious disappearance.
The smallest piece of information may allow police to close this
Strike Force Villamar was set up to investigate the case, but
police say they have exhausted all avenues of enquiry.
There are still many unanswered questions in the Amber Haigh case
and it is only with help from the public that police can expect a
Missing woman's mum pleads for answers
Police are using the national spotlight of Missing Persons Week to
appeal for information about the disappearances of several residents
from the western New South Wales region.
Mudgee woman Michelle Mills, 39, vanished in August 2000, while Andrew
Russell, 23, from Bathurst, was last seen at a local newsagency one year
Amber Haigh from Young has been missing for eight years.
Last month, local police renewed their appeal for information about the
19-year-old mother's whereabouts after she was last seen at Campbelltown
Railway Station in June 2002.
Her case is currently before the state coroner and a $100,000 reward is
on offer for information leading to a conviction over her suspected
Ms Haigh's mother, Roslyn Wright, says she just wants some answers.
"I feel so frustrated, angry and hurt, I miss my daughter very much, I'm
hoping someone will come forward and let us know what's happened to
her," she said.
Mrs Wright, who believes her daughter is dead, says she just wants
closure for her family.
"If there is any information out there that someone, you know small or
anything, yes if there's any information I'd be very grateful for them
to let the police know, any information yes," she said.
Date set for Amber Haigh inquest
Wed Sep 22, 2010
1:00pm AEST - ABC
An inquest into the disappearance of a Young district
teenager is scheduled to start almost nine years to the day after she was
Amber Michelle Haigh, 19, from Kingsvale, had been staying with a couple
in Sydney who reported her disappearance on June 19, 2002.
An inquest has been set down for five days at Parramatta starting on June
20 next year before deputy state coroner Scott Mitchell.
Local police have said they have provided details of Ms Haigh's missing
person case to Strikeforce Hixson which is investigating the discovery of bones
in the Belanglo State Forest.
The matter is to be mentioned in the Coroner's Court next month.
Police hope inquest will further Amber Haigh case
June 16, 2011 09:32:00 - ABC
A 9000 page brief will be presented to a coroner to next
week to investigate the disappearance of a Kingsvale woman.
At least one officer from the Cootamundra Local Area Command has been
attached to the missing person case, since 19 year old Amber Haigh was last
reported seen at the Cambelltown Train Station in Sydney in 2002.
The Command's Crime Co-Ordinator David Cockram will attend the five day
hearing at the Parramatta Coroner's Court next week.
He said the brief of evidence collected over the last eight years is
"We've obtained over 100 statements from individuals," he said.
"We've made around 800 separate inquiries into various things.
"We had an 18 volume brief of evidence before the state coroner a couple
of years ago before this inquest.
"We've really left no stone unturned.
"I'd suggest it would be somewhere between 8000 - 9000 pages, I suppose."
There's hope fresh evidence about the disappearance of Amber Haigh, could
result in the case being directed to the DPP.
Sargeant Cockram said the witness list is yet to be finalised, but will
include the father of Ms Haigh's son, Robert Geeves.
"We're hoping that we could perhaps raise further evidence or information
into what happened to Amber, as opposed to what's literally contained in the
brief," he said.
"Secondary to that, there's an opportunity if the corner believes that a
person known to the inquiry has had something to do with the disappearance of
Amber, that he can refer the matter to the DPP for analysis of the brief."
Search for answers about Amber
June 19, 2011 - SMH
Twice Robert Geeves moved young lovers into the farmhouse
he shares with his wife. The first was found dead on his property.
The second is missing, presumed dead. Tomorrow a coronial inquest
into her disappearance aims to unravel the truth, writes Eamonn
AMBER HAIGH was a fun-loving 19-year-old who, because of an
intellectual disability, witnessed life through the eyes of a child.
How she became the live-in lover of an orchard worker while
his own wife lived alongside them is a mystery. How she vanished
after giving birth to his child is another.
Today marks the ninth anniversary of Ms Haigh's disappearance
and sets the stage for an emotionally charged coronial inquiry,
which begins at Parramatta Local Court tomorrow. More than 30
witnesses will give evidence, some of which has never been publicly
Detective Sergeant Keith Price, one of two investigating
officers still in the police force, said this is a story set to
unfold ''like no other''.
Ms Haigh, after finishing school in Sydney, headed to
Kingsvale in the state's south to earn money during the
At first she stayed with an aunt who lived in the area, which
brought great relief to her mother, Rosalind Wright. ''Amber was
slow in her thinking; she was delayed in some ways … She was
definitely vulnerable and very easily led.''
It remains unclear exactly how, but the teenager ended up
living with a local married couple, Robert and Anne Geeves, about
2001. In his marital home, and while his wife, Anne, resided there,
Mr Geeves engaged in a sexual relationship with Ms Haigh, who became
pregnant with his child and gave birth to a baby boy.
Then, on June 19, 2002, Mr and Mrs Geeves walked into their
local police station and reported Ms Haigh missing.
They said that two weeks before, on June 5, they had made a
four-hour road trip to Sydney and dropped her at Campbelltown
station late at night so she could visit a sick relative in
But the police had reason to doubt the story. Another woman,
Janelle Goodwin, 29, had also previously become pregnant with Mr
Geeves's child while living with the couple.
Unlike Ms Haigh though, her fate could not have been more
certain. Ms Goodwin was shot dead on the night of June 20, 1993.
Police found her body the next day in a shearing shed behind Mr
Geeves's farmhouse. She had been stripped naked and tied with twine
from her ankles to her neck. Blankets wrapped her body and a plastic
shopping bag was fastened around her neck.
In a police statement tendered to the court, Mr Geeves told
police he could not recall what had happened to Ms Goodwin, other
than they had both been drinking and become involved in a violent
row that ended with Ms Goodwin being shot with a rifle through the
He told police that in a panic he had hosed down the crime
scene next to his farmhouse and stored Ms Goodwin's body in a
He was charged with murder, and pleaded not guilty. A
magistrate discharged him owing to insufficient evidence. The ruling
meant the case could be prosecuted in the future.
After Ms Haigh disappeared, police launched a search of Mr
Geeves's 160-hectare farm , and journeyed deep into a series of
abandoned mine shafts scattered across the property.
No body was recovered but, in a twist, the investigation into
Ms Haigh's disappearance led to Mr Geeves being charged with murder
over Ms Goodwin's death. Prosecutors were confident: they had
ballistics advice and fresh witness statements.
When the trial took place in 2006, Mr Geeves was found not
guilty. The jury concluded it had been a terrible accident. What
they did not know was that it was the second time Mr Geeves had been
acquitted of serious charges.
In August 1986, two 13-year-old schoolgirls from nearby Young
went missing after they failed to return home from school. When they
resurfaced more than two weeks later, one filed a statement to
police alleging that she had been kept prisoner in a wheat silo and
sexually assaulted by Mr Geeves. The other girl contradicted the
claims. Mr Geeves was charged with the sexual assault of a minor but
was found not guilty.
Mr Geeves has been subpoenaed to give evidence at the coronial
The Sun-Herald does not suggest that Mr Geeves was
responsible for any sexual assault, nor that he should have been
found guilty in relation to his prosecution involving the death of
It is also not suggesting that he was responsible for the
disappearance of Ms Haigh.
Mr Geeves and his wife tried to retain custody of the son that
Ms Haigh left behind. That bid was thwarted and the boy is being
raised by Ms Haigh's relatives.
Her mother, Ms Wright, chooses not to dwell on Mr Geeves
because, emotionally, she cannot afford to. But she does not believe
her daughter ever made it to Campbelltown station.
''This is a very difficult time for myself and my family,''
she said in a statement. ''It will never be over for me until they
find my daughter.''
Amber Haigh inquest to begin today
MEGAN PIGRAM - The Young Witness
20 Jun, 2011 10:30 AM
THE inquest into missing Kingsvale girl Amber Michelle
Haigh will begin today in Parramatta Local Court.
A 9000 page brief will be presented to the coroner
along with statements from over 100 individuals.
“We’ve made around 800 separate inquiries into various
things,” Cootamundra Local Area Command crime co-ordinator
Dave Cockram said.
“We had an 18 volume brief of evidence before the
state coroner a couple of years ago before this inquest, so
we really have left no stone unturned,” Sergeant Cockram
“We’re hoping that we could perhaps raise further
evidence or information into what happened to Amber, as
opposed to what’s literally contained in the brief,” he
“Secondary to that, there’s an opportunity if the
corner believes that a person known to the inquiry has had
something to do with the disappearance of Amber, that he can
refer the matter to the DPP for analysis of the brief.”
Amber was last seen at Campbelltown Railway Station on
June 5, 2002, however police believe that Amber met with
foul play, but they have been unable to find enough evidence
to prosecute anyone over her disappearance.
Despite extensive searches of the Kingsvale area and
countless public pleas, she is yet to be found.
Police have offered a $100,000 reward to anyone who
can offer new leads.
At the time of her disappearance Amber was
19-years-old, 160 cm tall, a thin build of Caucasian
appearance, fair complexion with green hazel eyes and brown
Sergeant Cockram will attend the five day inquest and
is hoping fresh evidence could lead to the case being
referred to the Department of Public Prosecutions.
Since Amber’s disappearance back in 2002, Cootamundra
Local Area Command have tasked at least one officer to the
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Inquest hears how drunk man called 'Podge' claimed
bikies killed teen mum Amber
June 22, 2011 - SMH
A missing teenager may have been killed by her much older lover so
he could keep their baby, an inquest into her presumed death has
Amber Haigh, who was born with a mild intellectual disability,
was 19 when she gave birth to a baby boy in January 2002.
Robert Geeves was 22 years Ms Haigh's senior when he fathered
the child born in the southern NSW town of Young.
The inquest before Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell has
heard Mr Geeves's wife Anne knew about the relationship and that the
couple reported Ms Haigh missing in June 2002.
Some years later a teenager from Young heard rumours that Ms
Haigh had been murdered by bikies, the inquest at Parramatta Local
Court heard today.
Joel McCorkindale, 17, says a drunk man, known as 'Podge',
told him about the cause of Ms Haigh's death.
In a statement given to detectives in June 2010, Mr
McCorkindale said he spoke to a man at a football oval, who told him
Ms Haigh had been abducted by bikies before being killed.
Counsel assisting the coroner Peter Hamill SC read excerpts of
Mr McCorkindale's statement in court.
"They got one of the people in the car to cut her throat," he
read from the statement.
"One of the bikies grabbed her, cut her and put her in the
"Robert Geeves paid money to kill her so he could keep the
In the statement, Mr McCorkindale says that Ms Haigh was
buried under a lemon tree on Mr Geeves's property.
Under questioning from Mr Hamill, Mr McCorkindale said
relatives had encouraged him to go to police about the information.
"It's not something you want to hear," he told the inquest
about the revelations.
Mr McCorkindale described 'Podge' as being slurry when he told
him about the rumours of Ms Haigh's murder.
Meanwhile, Catrina Richens, a social worker from the Young
Community Health Centre, told the inquest of meeting with Ms Haigh
in late 2001 when she was still pregnant.
She said Ms Haigh, who had epilepsy, was worried about dying
during child birth and had concerns about Robert and Anne Geeves
having custody of the baby.
"She didn't want the baby to be living with Robert and Anne
Geeves," Ms Richens said.
THE body of 19-year-old Amber Haigh was buried under a lemon
tree somewhere in Kingsvale in southern NSW after she was murdered by
her 40-year-old lover in June 2002, an inquest has heard.
Cindy Brown yesterday told Parramatta Local Court her nephew, Joel
McCorkindale, had told her of rumours that Robert Geeves disposed of the
woman's body only six months after she gave birth to his child.
Ms Brown also told the court Haigh confided in her and said she was
"scared" of Mr Geeves in the months before her disappearance after he "tied
her up with handcuffs and filmed himself having sex with her".
Mr Geeves lived with the teenager, who was intellectually impaired,
and his wife, Anne, who approved of the union, in a farmhouse near Young, a
small town in southern NSW.
Mr and Mrs Geeves reported Haigh missing on June 19, 2002, saying they
had dropped her off at Campbelltown railway station in Sydney's southwest
earlier that month. She has not been seen since.
It is the belief of the Haigh family and the police that the Geeveses
used Haigh as a surrogate mother.
Paul Harding, who was Haigh's third cousin and ex-lover, told the
court Mr Geeves "often had sex" with Haigh, and made a recording of it
before watching the footage with his wife.
Mr Harding also said the conditions his cousin lived in on the farm
were appalling and the Geeveses treated her badly.
"They wouldn't let her out of the house," Mr Harding said.
"She said that he had video cameras on her. When they finished, him
and Anne used to watch the video."
Mr Harding said he had also impregnated Haigh but the pregnancy had
His mother, Jacqueline Cash, earlier told the court that Haigh was
scared of Mr Geeves and
his wife. "They were very nasty to her; she was very scared of them,"
said Ms Cash, who added that Haigh had told her she thought the couple would
Haigh's uncle, Michael Haigh, told the court she always "had a cheeky
smile on her face", and was a "caring, loving little girl turning into a
nice young lady".
The inquest before Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell continues this
On Monday, the court was told Mr Geeves had been acquitted of the
murder of another girlfriend.
Additional reporting: AAP
Missing woman 'feared baby's father'
June 22, 2011 - SMH
A TEENAGER was scared of the married man who fathered her baby, an
inquest into her presumed death has heard.
Born with a mild intellectual disability, Amber Haigh became a
ward of the state at 12, when her mother abandoned her.
Her father was a volatile alcoholic who had served time in jail.
The Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell was told Ms Haigh formed a
troubled relationship with Robert Geeves, an older married man, while
living in the southern NSW town of Young.
She gave birth to a baby boy in January 2002, when she was 19, and
vanished five months later.
''She did say she was a bit scared of Robert and didn't want to
have a baby with him,'' Ms Haigh's third cousin, Paul Harding, told the
inquest at Parramatta Local Court yesterday.
Mr Harding said Mr Geeves's wife, Anne, knew about the
relationship and was unable to have any more children. ''She wanted the
baby and they wanted to get rid of the mum. Amber actually told me
that,'' Mr Harding said.
''Amber told me Anne couldn't have any more babies.''
He also described the way in which Mr Geeves videotaped himself
having sex with Ms Haigh, before showing his wife.
''They wouldn't let her out of the house,'' Mr Harding said.
''She said that he had video cameras on her. When they finished,
him and Anne used to watch the video. She told me a couple of weeks
after the baby was born.'' The inquest also heard Amber became pregnant
at age 17 while in a relationship with Mr Harding but it was terminated.
His girlfriend, Cindy Brown, who lived in the same block of flats
as Ms Haigh, said her nephew, Joel McCorkindale, had told her about
rumours Mr Geeves had killed Ms Haigh and buried her under a lemon tree
at Kingsvale in southern NSW.
Another resident in the unit complex, Leon Henry, said Mr Geeves
often tied Ms Haigh's hands together during sex.
''Amber came and said she didn't want anything to do with
Robert,'' he said. ''She was going to … get her locks changed.''
Mr and Mrs Geeves reported Ms Haigh missing on June 19, 2002,
saying they had dropped her off at Campbelltown railway station earlier
The hearing continues today.
Amber not buried in vineyard, inquest told
Malcolm Brown - SMH
June 23, 2011
A man who gave evidence on the disappearance of teenager Amber
Haigh in southern NSW nine years ago agreed today to take police to a
vineyard where it has been reported that she might be buried.
The inquest, being conducted by Deputy State Coroner Scott
Mitchell at Parramatta Coroners Court, heard evidence that there had
been a lot of talk about the disappearance of Ms Haigh on June 5, 2002,
including a story that she had been pack raped and killed and that her
body had been buried in a vineyard at Anville.
Adam Blundell, an apiarist, agreed in evidence today that he had
been involved in drunken discussion about the disappearance and that he
had once given a description on how to get to a particular vineyard.
He said he had once worked at the vineyard and that Robert Geeves,
who had fathered Ms Haigh's child prior to her disappearance, had also
worked at the vineyard.
Peter Hamill SC, counsel assisting the coroner, asked Mr Blundell
whether he believed that Ms Haigh was buried at the vineyard.
Mr Blundell said: "No."
Ms Haigh, who was 19 when she disappeared, had lived with Mr
Geeves and his wife Anne.
According to Mr Geeves, he and his wife had dropped the girl off
at Campbelltown Station the day she disappeared to visit her sick
Ms Haigh has not been seen since.
Mr Blundell said today he was only joking when he used words
attributed to him that the girl's body had been put through a shredding
He said that Mr Geeves had used a blood and bone mixer and he also
said that Mr Geeves had also borrowed his trailer from time to time.
But he denied that he had said in conversation that a video had
been made of the girl being pack raped and he had said: "We got the
bitch, banged her on the head with a brick."
David John Williams, known as "Sheepdog", agreed that he had been
part of drunken conversation and that he had said that Amber Haigh's
body had been "in the grapevines" but he said at the time that he had
been both "drunk and stoned".
He denied saying anything in another conversation about "gangbang"
and torture of Ms Haigh or about her having been hit with a brick and
having her throat cut.
The inquiry continues.
Social workers tell of fear for pregnant teen
Malcolm Brown - SMH
June 23, 2011
SOCIAL and community health workers who dealt with teenager Amber
Haigh in the months before her disappearance had become worried about
her relationship with Robert Geeves, 22 years older than her, who had
made her pregnant, Parramatta Coroners Court heard yesterday.
Mr Geeves had appeared to be caring for her at all times he was
seen with her, driving her to appointments with community health
workers, paying the bond for her flat, managing her bank account and
getting things for the baby, born on January 21, 2002.
Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell, who had heard hearsay
evidence that she had been tied up and raped by Mr Geeves while his
wife, Anne, videoed it, said he was yet to hear actual evidence that
there were safety issues.
According to yesterday's evidence, Ms Haigh had a flat in Young,
in southern NSW, but Mr Geeves used a spare key to get in and take the
Social workers had responded by getting Ms Haigh another bassinet
and changing the locks.
A virtual battle had developed between Mr Geeves and some of the
social and health workers and, on one occasion, he had complained about
Susan Powell, a clinical nurse specialist in Child and Community Health
at Young Hospital, and her involvement in the case.
Ms Powell said her superior had told her to ''back off''.
Ms Powell said she had become concerned because MsHaigh, who had
the mind of a child, was being manipulated by Mr Geeves into letting
them have the baby. Ms Haigh had said the couple had wanted ''custody''
of the child but Ms Haigh had not known what the word meant.
''I had a fear that she would sign some papers and not understand
what she was signing,'' Ms Powell said.
Ms Haigh, 19, disappeared on June 6, 2002. According to Mr and Mrs
Geeves, they took her that day to Campbelltown station, without her
baby, to travel to Mt Druitt to visit her seriously ill father,
Geoffrey. Ms Haigh has never been seen again.
Katrina Richens, a social worker with the Young Community Health
Centre, said yesterday that Ms Haigh had told her that she wanted Mr
Geeves to be a part of the baby's life but did not have a good
relationship with him. On the other hand, Ms Haigh had thought it would
be good to have the father involved.
Jacqueline Anne Thompson, a Department of Family and Community
Services case worker, was concerned that the Geeves' home in Kingsvale,
near Young, was very isolated and that it was an ''atypical'' situation
to have the child's father, the girl herself and the wife living
The inquest resumes today.
'Heartless bastards': Amber's family still looking
June 24, 2011 - SMH
The family of a teenage woman who has been missing for nine years
hopes the people responsible for her disappearance are able to sleep at
night, describing them as "heartless bastards" for what they did.
An inquest into the presumed death of Amber Haigh has been
adjourned until July 7.
Ms Haigh, from Young in southern NSW, was 19 when she was last
seen in June 2002.
In a statement read to the inquest at Parramatta Local Court in
Sydney, Ms Haigh's mother, Rosalind Wright, said the family had spent
nine years yearning for answers.
"We have stumbled around now for nine years and the heartache and
helplessness we feel is unfathomable," it said.
Ms Wright said her daughter, who had a young son, would not have
chosen to disappear without her baby boy.
"Amber was a gentle girl who cared and loved everybody, especially
her son ... whom she lived for and loved no end.
"We love and miss our beautiful Amber."
Ms Wright lamented the fact that she would not have the chance to
tell things to Amber, and said she had prayed for some sort of sighting
or for someone to come forward with information.
"Whoever had a hand in Amber's disappearance, I hope that you can
sleep at night and I know when your judgment day comes - and it will -
we hope you that you are judged for the heartless bastards that you are.
"Amend yourself and do the humane thing and tell us where our
"We will never stop thinking of you, Amber."
Robert Geeves, who had custody of Amber and had made her pregnant,
told police he left her at Campbelltown railway station on June 5 2002.
Mr Geeves reported Amber missing on June 19 that year.
The inquest, conducted by Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell,
will sit again at Young, in southern NSW, on July 7 and 8 to hear
evidence from Mr Geeves and his wife Anne.
Mr Geeves has attended each day of the inquest this week.
Mrs Geeves is reported to have chronic renal failure requiring
dialysis several times a day and is unable to travel.
According to evidence before Mr Mitchell, Mrs Geeves, who had one
son and had lost a daughter, Emma, at birth, had desperately wanted
another child and might have been motivated to use Amber as a "surrogate
mother" to get the child she wanted.
AAP and Malcolm Brown - SMH
Son feared father's violence, court told
Malcolm Brown - SMH
June 24, 2011
A MAN who made a teenage girl pregnant became so furious
when his son refused to accept the newborn baby that he screamed
abuse and threw a chair through his son's window, causing the
younger man to take out an apprehended violence order against
his father, the Parramatta Coroner's Court heard yesterday.
Robert ''Robbie'' Geeves, a truck driver, said he had not
approved of his father getting the girl, Amber Haigh, 18,
pregnant. He had refused to accept the baby as his brother or
hold the baby, driving both his father, Robert Geeves, and his
mother, Anne, into a fury.
Mr Geeves said in 2001 he had been living with his parents
at Kingsvale, near Young in southern NSW, with his girlfriend,
When Ms Haigh had come to live with them, he and Natasha
had moved into a rented house in Young. He had later seen Ms
Haigh was pregnant. In January 2002, when the baby was born, he
had not wanted to see it.
His mother had told him the baby was ''your dad's and
Amber's''. Mr Geeves said he did not think his father would have
been stupid enough to do that.
''I thought it was all wrong. I did not want anything to
do with the baby,'' he said.
The Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell is inquiring into
the disappearance of Ms Haigh, who was last seen on June 5,
2002. Robert and Anne Geeves told police they took Ms Haigh to
Campbelltown station to go to visit her sick father at Mount
Mr Geeves said when he was growing up his father had said
some ''odd'' things to him, such as putting bodies into barrels
of concrete and covering one's tracks after committing a crime.
His father had spoken about a river near Jugiong whose banks
made it easy to roll things into the water.
In February 2002, after the baby was born, Mr Geeves had
rung his mother to tell her to ''leave me alone for a while''
and she had ''carried on like crazy'' and said ''don't do this
Natasha Geeves (formerly Ms Cross) said when Robert and
Anne Geeves visited their home, Anne Geeves had tried to get
them to hold the baby and had said: ''Have you heard of a
When the parents' entreaties were rejected, Robert Geeves
had thrown a bench chair through a window and said he would kill
her parents, Mr Geeves told the inquest.
The hearing resumes today.
The sad, short life of a mother who would
never grow up
June 25, 2011 - SMH
Long before she disappeared, Amber Haigh was a
victim of people who took advantage of her innocence, writes
Amber Michelle Haigh, born on November 18, 1982, was
destined for a hard life. She was to be intellectually
retarded. Her relationship with her mother, Rosalind, would
be difficult, and her father, Geoffrey, would be either in
jail or drinking "24/7". Amber drifted between relatives,
near Young in southern NSW, Lismore in the north and Mt Isa
An uncle, Michael Haigh, who gave evidence this week
at an inquest in Parramatta Coroner's Court into her
disappearance and presumed death nine years ago, said he was
never much help. ''I was incarcerated a fair bit and I was
hardly around,'' he said.
The evidence before Deputy State Coroner Scott
Mitchell presented a tragic snapshot of isolated rural
communities and areas of social need and crime.
Amber, who went to the Young district at the age of 14
to pick cherries, was never to develop intellectually beyond
the level of a 13-year-old. She was happy enough,
attractive, but lacked skills to handle herself.
Taken in by a great-aunt Stella, she became pregnant
to Stella's adult grandson. The pregnancy was terminated
because of the risks of inbreeding. At the age of 18, Amber
took up with a couple, Robert and Anne Geeves, in a property
called Huntley, in Kingsvale, an isolated rural pocket.
Robert Geeves had a worrying track record. Though
married, he had had a girlfriend, Janelle Patricia Goodwin,
for a time in 1993. The two had had a fight, a firearm was
produced and Janelle was shot dead. Robert Geeves was
charged with murder and acquitted.
He had also been acquitted of kidnapping two girls,
aged 14 and 15, and sexually assaulting them.
Geeves and Anne had had a son, Robbie. They then had
another child but the baby, Emma, died at birth.
Anne wanted more children but could not conceive.
According to remarks attributed to Anne Geeves, the
couple saw a chance to use Amber as a surrogate mother.
Robert, aged 40, made her pregnant. He looked after
her and handled her money, but there were reports that Amber
had told people she had been tied up and raped at least once
by Robert while Anne videotaped it. Police, when they
searched the property, found no videotapes.
On January 21, 2002, Amber gave birth to a boy at
Young Hospital. According to evidence, Amber said she wanted
to keep the baby and she feared it would be taken by the
Robbie told the inquest that the relationship between
Robert Geeves and Amber disgusted him and that he refused
point blank to accept the baby as his "brother".
The situation was complex. Robert Geeves assisted
Amber with parenting, looked after her finances and paid the
bond for her flat in Young. But he picked her up there from
time to time and sometimes stayed the night.
Social and community health workers, at all times
competent and caring, could never get enough evidence that
Amber was being ill-treated by the Geeves, though Amber's
own attitude towards the Geeves was ambivalent.
Then Amber disappeared.
The Geeves told police that on June 5, 2002, they had
taken her to the railway station at Campbelltown, where she
could get a train to Mt Druitt to see her seriously ill
father, Geoffrey. A withdrawal was made from Amber's bank
account at Campbelltown at 8.45 that night, but that was not
conclusive that she had operated the account. Robert Geeves
had her keycard.
Amber was apparently never seen again.
The Geeves, initially having custody of her baby,
reported Amber missing on June 19. As to what happened to
Amber, attention focused on Robert Geeves.
As usual with such mysteries, there were apparent
''sightings''. The inquest has also heard evidence from
several men known to have said things, usually while drunk,
about what happened to Amber: that she was kidnapped by a
group a bikies, that she was hit with a brick and had her
throat cut, that she was put through a shredding machine,
that she was buried in a vineyard. In the witness box, they
all dismissed it as drunken babble.
Police are now going to search a vineyard mentioned in
The inquest is due to resume in Young on July 7.
Teen offered to have baby for guardian, inquest hears
Malcolm Brown - SMH
July 7, 2011
A woman named as a person of interest in the disappearance of teenager Amber
Haigh nine years ago had said she would take up an offer by the girl to have
a baby for her, an inquest heard today.
Anne Margaret Geeves,
appearing before Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell, agreed that she had
made that statement in a telephone conversation to her husband, Robert
Geeves, that had been covertly recorded by police.
Mrs Geeves heard the tape recording played to her by counsel assisting
the inquest Peter Hamill, SC.
Robert Geeves. Photo: Lee Besford
Mr Hamill then put to her that she had said Ms Haigh had offered to
have a baby for her and that she "might take her up on the offer".
The inquest into the disappearance and presumed death of Ms Haigh
resumed in Young, southern NSW, today.
Mrs Geeves suffers from a serious kidney complaint, requiring the
inquest to sit in Young.
She and her husband, Robert Geeves, a machine operator, both appeared
before Mr Mitchell this morning but their evidence was only brief.
Ms Haigh, who was 19 when she vanished, had become pregnant to Mr
Geeves and had given birth to a boy on January 25, 2002.
Mr and Mrs Geeves told police after Ms Haigh disappeared that they had
taken her to Campbelltown station on June 5, 2002. She planned to take a
train tip to visit her sick father in St Marys.
They had expected her to be away for one week and they had kept
custody of the baby.
The couple reported her missing on June 19 that year.
Speaking outside the Coroner's Court in Young today, Ms Haigh's
mother, Rosalind Wright, said that her daughter never got to Campbelltown
Mrs Wright said she was sure that her daughter did not disappear in
the circumstances described by Mr and Mrs Geeves, who were her then
Mr Mitchell has heard evidence that Mr and Mrs Geeves were suspects
from the start, their properties were searched and for a time the two were
placed under electronic surveillance.
The baby was subject to a custody dispute between three sets of
relatives and Mr and Mrs Geeves themselves.
The baby was given to one set of relatives.
Mrs Wright said today that nine years was a long time and that she
would continue to look for answers.
"My heart has been yearning for answers why," she said.
She said she knew that her daughter, who loved her child deeply and
who was gentle and caring towards everybody, would not have left the baby
with Mr and Mrs Geeves.
"We love and miss our beautiful Amber," she said.
Mrs Wright was accompanied to the court by her daughter Melissa, 21,
who was 13 when her sister disappeared.
"I don't remember much about it," she said.
This morning, Mr Mitchell was taken on a view of several sites in
Young, including the flat to which Ms Haigh moved in October 2001 when she
was pregnant, and a vineyard in the Kingsvale area outside Young where she
had been living with the Geeves.
Since evidence earlier this month in the Parramatta Coroner's Court,
police have done a search of that vineyard but have found no trace of a the
AMBER Haigh was most likely murdered and her body was possibly
disposed of down a disused mine shaft by, a NSW coroner has found.
Robert Samuel Geeves and his wife Anne Margaret Geeves, both 51, refused
to give evidence at an inquest into Ms Haigh's death at Young Court House, in
the state's southwest.
Prior to delivering his findings today, Deputy State Coroner Scott
Mitchell lifted a statutory prohibition order, which prevented the media from
reporting on the couple's refusal to give evidence.
The couple had exercised their right to remain silent on the basis that
their evidence could incriminate them, and they told the court they did not care
if the media reported this fact.
Mr Mitchell said it was in the public interest to allow the media to
report this as there was no immediate prospect of a trial and strong community
interest in the inquest, so to leave the matter unanswered would erode public
confidence in the system and leave the community at a disadvantage.
Mr Mitchell found that Ms Haigh, 19, died as a result of homicide on or
about June 5, 2002, when the Geeveses claim they dropped her at Campbelltown
railway station in Sydney's southwest.
Five months earlier Ms Haigh had given birth to Mr Geeves's baby and
police believe the couple wanted to get rid of the teenager so they could raise
the child as their own.
There were many riddles in the case that remained unanswered, Mr Mitchell
The first of those questions was why the Geeveses spent the night at a
motel in Tahmoor on July 12, 2002.
Tahmoor is not on a route which one would normally take when traveling
between Young/Harden and Sydney, Mr Mitchell said.
It is on the edge of a rugged and mountainous state forest and there are
abandoned mines shafts in the area an plenty of opportunities for the
concealment of a body.
Adding suspicion to this trip were conversations between the Geeveses,
which were recorded on covert listening devices installed by police in their
home and cars, in which they learn that detectives knew about their Tahmoor
''What are we going to say our trip to Tahmoor was?'', Ms Geeves asks her
Later she says: ''I dont care if they got Tahmoor anyway, cause we've got
an explanation for that, if they don't like it tough, they can't stop us going
Mr Mitchell acknowledged there still wasn't enough evidence to refer the
case to the Director of Public Prosecutions and instead referred it to the
Unsolved Homicide Squad.
Outside court, Ms Haigh's mother, Rosiland Wright, said she was upset the
Geeveses' refused to give evidence and said she just wanted to know where her
daughter's body was.
'Murder or misadventure': Amber Haigh inquest
July 08, 2011 11:10:00 - ABC
A coroner has found that missing teenager Amber Haigh
probably died from murder or misadventure, soon after she disappeared nine years
An inquest into the 19-year-old's disappearance ended this morning at
Young, in the south-west of New South Wales.
Coroner Scott Mitchell found the young mother is dead and probably died
soon after she was last seen in June 2002.
Ms Haigh had a disability and the mental age of a 10-year-old.
She had been living with Robert and Anne Geeves on their farm at Kingsvale,
The couple reported Ms Haigh missing in 2002, telling police they had
dropped her off at Sydney's Campbelltown Railway Station.
Five months earlier she had given birth to a child fathered by Mr Geeves.
In court this morning, the couple left immediately after the findings were
In his findings the coroner has described a disturbing and sometimes
forceful sexual relationship between Ms Haigh and Robert Geeves.
Yesterday his wife denied a surrogacy pact had been made between the pair
and Ms Haigh.
The coroner has recommended the case be referred to the unsolved homicide
Speaking outside court, Sergeant Dave Cockram says he would like someone
to be charged.
"The people that have done something to Amber, they need to look over both
shoulders each time they leave the house, because the matter won't sit,"
Sergeant Cockram said.
‘I knew there was some involvement’: Son speaks out on father’s dark past 15
years after girlfriend disappears
Robert Geeves Sr was the last person to see Amber Haigh before she
disappeared 15 years ago.
Now for the first time, his son Robbie Geeves Jr has spoken out about
his father's violent past and his own dark suspicions about Amber’s
Amber was Robbie's neighbour and girlfriend when they were teenagers,
before she moved to Mount Isa with a relative.
"I used to ring her up and then she started talking to my dad on the
phone," Robbie told A
"I told her she's miles away so we're breaking up, pretty much, and I
got with another girl, and my dad kept talking to her on the phone."
It was not long before Robbie was told Amber would be moving in.
"I spoke to my mother about it, and her reply was, 'you know what your
father's like'," he said.
"So yeah, he gets his way no matter what."
Robbie said his father had always been “pretty violent”.
“He’s even worse when he drinks,” he said.
At first, Robbie said he thought Amber was just boarding in the spare
room of the family home.
Even when she fell pregnant, he said he did not "really believe" the
baby was his father's.
However, he said remarks from his mother led him to believe they were
using Amber as a surrogate mother.
Five months after Amber gave birth to the son she had with Robert Geeves
Sr, she disappeared without a trace.
Police said Amber was allegedly driven to Campbelltown and dropped near
the railway station.
They said there was evidence Amber's ATM card had been used at an ATM
"I don't believe for a second that (Robert) dropped her at a railway
station," Robbie said.
"If he was taking you somewhere, he would take you to where you're
Janelle Goodwin, a previous girlfriend of Robert Geeves, also met a
tragic end, when she was shot at point blank range aged 29 and her body
discovered in a shed at the back of the Geeves property.
"She was left in a wheelbarrow for two days and my dad went into the
Harden police station two days after it happened," Robbie said.
Janelle's naked body was discovered dumped in a wheelbarrow on June 21,
1993, wrapped in a sheet and with her ankles bound to her throat.
"From what the police told me, it was the best-cleaned crime scene
they'd ever seen," Robbie said.
Robert told police he and Goodwin had argued while they were drinking.
He said he had been playing with a rifle, and Goodwin accidentally
pulled the trigger to discharge the fatal shot.
She was pregnant at the time.
Geeves was charged with Goodwin's murder but it was later dropped.
Several years earlier in 1986, Geeves had also been charged after two
13-year-old girls went missing.
They were found hidden in a wheat silo on the Geeves property, but why
they were there remains a mystery.
"From what I understand, he picked them up from a school in Young,"
"One of them, from what I seen, didn't want to be there."
Robert Geeves was accused of sexually-related offences but the charges
were dropped and he served 100 hours of community service for hindering
When Amber went missing, Robbie found himself being questioned by
"The first time the police come and see me I knew that there was some
involvement of (Robert’s)," he said.
"Because of the whole Janelle thing, and his history."
In the 15 years since Amber's disappearance, an inquest found she died
of a homicide or other misadventure, but could not determine how, or who
was the perpetrator.
Robert refused to answer questions on the grounds it would incriminate
him, and he continued to keep his silence when approached by A
He had reported Amber missing two weeks after she disappeared.
Robbie said he was "sure" his father knew more about Amber's
disappearance than he had told.
And he is resolved to not return to the family home near Young.
"I distanced myself from the whole situation and I'm happy like that,"
Amber's case has gone cold but remains open, with a $100,000 reward on
offer to anybody who can help solve her disappearance.
Robert Geeves Senior has always denied any wrongdoing on his part in
relation to the incidents referred to above.
Amber Haigh is still missing
SIXTEEN years ago Amber Haigh disappeared without a trace, allegedly on
the way to visit her dying father in hospital, and her family is still
no closer to finding answers about what happened to the then
Despite plenty of speculation, an inquiry and police investigations
there has been no sighting or knowledge about what happened to the
former Kingsvale resident.
Robert Geeves and his wife Anne were allegedly the last two to see
Amber before she was reported missing on June 19, 2002.
The pair told police they dropped her off at Campbelltown Railway
Station so Amber could catch the train to Mt Druitt to visit her
Geeves who is also the father of Amber’s now 16-year-old son,
reported her as missing on June 19.
In July 2011 then Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell found that
Amber had most likely been murdered and her body possibly disposed
of down a disguised mine shaft.
At the time of the 2011 inquest into Amber’s disappearance the
Geeves’ were both called to give evidence in Young Local Court but
both refused to answer any questions citing a solicitors advice on
the basis it could incriminate them.
During the inquest Mr Mitchell discounted the possibility that Amber
had wandered off to start a new life saying there was never a real
prospect for her abandoning her baby as all evidence was that they
were strongly bonded.
At the end of the inquiry Mr Mitchell said there were many riddles
that had gone unanswered in the case and Amber’s mother Rosalind
Wright would be amongst those left with the mystery of what
Strike Force Villamar was set up to investigate the case, but police
say they have exhausted all avenues of inquiry.
Police say despite extensive searches of the Kingsvale area, she is
yet to be found.
The smallest piece of information may allow police to close this
A $100,000 reward has been offered for information in relation to
her disappearance since the early 2000s.
If anyone has any information in regards to the disappearance of
Amber they are asked to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333
000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.
Information provided to police will be treated in the strictest of
Police are no closer to knowing what happened to Amber Haigh
June 5, 2002 was the last time that Amber Haigh was seen, 17
years later and her family are still searching for answers
on her disappearance.
Locals around the area remember well the story of Amber
Haigh, the 19-year-old Kingsvale resident and new mother who
allegedly disappeared after being dropped off at train
station near Sydney while on her way to visit her dying
Despite plenty of speculation, an inquiry and police
investigations there has been no sighting or knowledge about
what happened to the former Kingsvale resident over the past
Police allege former Kingsvale residents Robert Geeves and
his wife Anne were the last two to see Amber before she was
reported missing on June 19, 2002.
The pair told police they dropped her off at Campbelltown
Railway Station so Amber could catch the train to Mt Druitt
to visit her father. Geeves who is also the father of
Amber's now 17-year-old son, reported her as missing on June
In July 2011 then Deputy State Coroner Scott Mitchell found
that Amber had most likely been murdered and her body
possibly disposed of down a disguised mine shaft.
At the time of the 2011 inquest into Amber's disappearance
the Geeves' were both called to give evidence in Young Local
Court but both refused to answer any questions citing a
solicitors advice on the basis it could incriminate them.
During the inquest Mr Mitchell discounted the possibility
that Amber had wandered off to start a new life saying there
was never a real prospect for her abandoning her baby as all
evidence was that they were strongly bonded.
At the end of the inquiry Mr Mitchell said there were many
riddles that had gone unanswered in the case and Amber's
mother Rosalind Wright would be amongst those left with the
mystery of what happened.
Strike Force Villamar was set up to investigate the case,
but police say they have exhausted all avenues of inquiry.
Police said despite extensive searches of the Kingsvale
area, she is yet to be found.
The smallest piece of information may allow police to close
this case with a $100,000 reward which has been offered for
information in relation to her disappearance since the early
If anyone has any information regarding Amber they are asked
to please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the
Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/.
Information provided to police will be treated in the
strictest of confidence.
Hope for missing Amber Haigh lies in $100,000 reward
There’s no two ways about it, the mystery of the disappearance of Amber Haigh –
who, for a time, lived at Kingsvale, near Young – is as baffling as it is just
What remains of 18 years of investigation into her case now lies in cold-case
files somewhere within the archives of NSW Police. The only hope of the case
being reopened is a glint of memory, a new technology, a new clue or, sadly, the
discovery of her body.
Certainly for Amber’s mother, Rosalind Wright, hope could come from anything.
Every year, Rosalind returns to Young for the anniversary of Amber’s
disappearance. Or Amber’s birthday. She’d visit with the same people: Gae Crea,
Keith Price, Dave Cockram, and, more recently, me, as managing editor of local
paper, The Young Witness.
Gae, Keith and Dave were all police officers in Young and both worked
exhaustively on Amber’s case, under Strike Force Villimar. As years crept by,
investigations and searches continued, leading to a 2011 inquest, a 60
Minutes report and endless other media reports. Still nothing.
One year I spoke to Gae – a long conversation at the car dealership where he was
then working – and there were still, for him, vivid memories and so many
All of which led to the 2011 coronial finding that 19-year-old Amber probably
died from murder or misadventure soon after she disappeared in June 2002.
Amber had a disability and the mental age of a 10-year-old when she arrived in
Young from Sydney to pick fruit.
It was a situation Rosalind wasn’t particularly comfortable with, but Amber’s
life had been transient as she moved from family to family within NSW and
And, after all, she would be staying with relatives at Kingsvale.
The stone-fruit growing settlement, which sits between Harden and Young, was
familiar to Amber and would offer months of work beyond the district’s peak
cherry picking season.
But perhaps because of her proximity, age, her timidity and her intellectual
disability, Amber eventually fell into a relationship with a neighbouring
family, moving in with Robert Geeves and his wife, Anne.
Within a few months, Amber was pregnant and gave birth to son, Royce, in January
2002. DNA tests established that Royce was the son of 42-year-old Robert.
Five months later, Amber disappeared.
The Geeves told police that on 5 June, 2002, they’d driven the teen to
Campbelltown railway station – a three-hour drive from Kingsvale – where she
could get a train to Mt Druitt to see her seriously ill father, Geoffrey. They
said she was dropped at the station at 8.30 pm.
A withdrawal was made from Amber’s bank account at Campbelltown at 8.45pm that
same night, but it was not conclusive that she had operated the account. Robert
had her keycard.
The Geeves reported her missing two weeks later, on 19 June, 2002.
Among his findings, the coroner described a disturbing and sometimes forceful
sexual relationship between Amber and Robert, whose wife denied a surrogacy pact
had been made between the married couple and the teenager.
It was the coroner who recommended the case be referred to the unsolved homicide
Speaking outside court at the time, Dave said he wanted someone to be charged.
“The people who have done something to Amber, they need to look over both
shoulders each time they leave the house, because the matter won’t sit,” he
A $100,000 reward remains on offer to solve the mysterious disappearance and
suspected death of Amber.
Rosalind hopes the reward will prompt someone to come forward with new
It’s all she can hope for.
Quietly spoken and amiable, what lies beneath her is an unease and wretchedness
of not knowing what happened to her daughter. For years, Rosalind sought solace
through the only people who tenuously connected her with Amber.
Her visits to Young continued even though the investigating officers moved
elsewhere. She would still call them. Nowadays, her calls go to the cold-case
Her last text message to me as I wound up my stint at The
Young Witness, in 2015, read: “Thank you for your support. If you see Gae,
can you let him know I thank and appreciate everything he has done to find
Amber, and I hope to have a cuppa one day. I texted him, but got a reply back:
‘wrong number’. Thank you.”
At the time of her disappearance, Amber Haigh was described as being 160cm tall,
thin build with brown shoulder-length hair and green-hazel eyes. She was last
seen wearing a green jumper, dark tracksuit pants and joggers. She was also
carrying a bag with clothes in it.
Anyone who has information in relation to Amber is urged to contact Young Police
on 02 6382 8199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Reward for information about missing NSW woman raised to $1m
The reward for information about the disappearance of a young mother nearly two
decades ago has been increased tenfold to $1 million, as her family issue an
emotional plea to be able to lay the “kind, warm, loving” woman to rest.
Amber Haigh, 19, was last seen at Campbelltown train station on Wednesday, June
Police have conducted several investigations into her disappearance, but
have not been able to find sufficient evidence to prosecute anyone in the
case, which has been treated as a homicide or other misadventure since 2011.
In an emotional video message, Haigh’s sister Melissa Millar-Hodder and
mother Rosalind Wright described a kind-hearted woman, who loved music,
drawing and cats.
“Amber, she had a kind, warm, loving soul. She would help anyone in any
way,” Millar-Hodder said.
She said the family felt “incomplete and lost” not knowing what had happened
“Not able to lay her to rest, not able to pick up the phone or give her hugs
one last time; that has been taken away from us,” she said.
Wright said she did not believe her daughter would willingly have
left her now adult son, who was five months old at the time of her
“I know in my heart that she would never have left her son,” Wright
“We just need to lay our Amber to rest.”
The reward for information about Haigh’s disappearance was
Haigh and her son had been living at Kingsvale, south-west of
Sydney, with a married couple who dropped her at Campbelltown
station where she intended to take the train to Mount Druitt to
visit her sick father. She was reported missing two weeks later.
Money was withdrawn from her bank account at a Commonwealth Bank ATM
on Queen Street at Campbelltown about 8.45pm on the day she was
dropped at the station.
A 2011 coronial inquest concluded Haigh was deceased, and had died
of homicide or other misadventure about the time of her
But in 2020, a review of the case under the homicide squad’s
unresolved homicide framework resulted in the commencement of a
“We believe that Amber met with foul play but, to date, we have been
unable to find enough evidence to prosecute anyone over her
disappearance,” homicide squad commander Detective Superintendent
Danny Doherty said, urging anyone with information to “do what is
right and come forward”.
Anyone with information can contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Couple charged with murder 20 years after young mum Amber Haigh vanished
A married couple has been charged with murdering young mother Amber Haigh, who
disappeared from regional New South Wales 20 years ago and whose body has
never been found.
The couple, Robert Samuel Geeves and Anne Margaret Geeves, both aged 61, were
arrested at a property at Harden, in Central West NSW, this morning.
This afternoon they were both charged with the murder of 19-year-old Ms Haigh who,
along with her six-month-old son, had been living with the couple at their home
in Kingsvale, near Young, when she disappeared in June 2002.
Robert Geeves is also facing an additional charge of aggravated sexual assault
of a victim with a serious intellectual disability.
The couple reported Ms Haigh as missing on June 19, 2002, after she failed to
return from a supposed trip to Sydney.
At the time, the couple told police they dropped off Ms Haigh at Campbelltown
train station in Sydney earlier that month.
A 2011 inquest found Ms Haigh likely died by murder or misadventure soon after
she was last seen.
The Geeves are expected to face the Cowra Local Court on Thursday.
Ms Haigh's case was reviewed by the Homicide Squad in 2020.
Speaking to the media earlier today, Homicide Squad Commander Detective
Superintendent Danny Doherty said inquiries were "still going on at the police
"Forensic testing is going to take place and they will be expected to be charged
with murder today and bail refused," he said.
"Police will allege in the facts Amber met her demise in the Harden-Young area
and never made it to Sydney.
Reward increased to $1m last week
Last week the reward for information about Ms Haigh's disappearance was
increased from $100,000 to $1 million.
Detective Superintendent Doherty said the award was still on offer.
investigators spoke to Ms Haigh's mother, Rosalind Wright, today.
obviously held hope out that one day she'd have some answers," Detective
Superintendent Doherty said.
'She would have never left her son'
video released by NSW Police last week, a visibly distraught Ms Wright described
her daughter as a warm and happy person.
loved her son and I know in my heart she would have never left her son," Ms
like I've lost part of myself when Amber went missing, not knowing where she is
or what happened to her."
In the same video, Ms Haigh's sister, Melissa Millar-Hodder, said she also felt
incomplete not knowing what had happened.
"Her son never got to grow up with a caring, loving mum," Ms Millar-Hodder said.
Police said they seized a car at Thurgoona, near Albury on the NSW-Victoria
border, last week.
'Shock-waves' after loss
Chris Manchester was the mayor of the former Harden Shire Council when police
first began investigating Ms Haigh's disappearance.
He said Ms Haigh was a "lovely person".
"You've only got to turn on the news every morning and something drastic is
happening around Sydney and Melbourne, but the feeling in the community doesn't
extend as great as what it does in a rural community, where people know them