Elizabeth HERFORT


 

 

Year of birth - 1962
Build: Slim
Height: 160 cm
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Distinguishing Features/Other:


Circumstances:
Elizabeth was last seen at the Australian National University Bar, Canberra ACT. Between 9:00pm and 9:45pm on the 13 June 1980 a person fitting her description was seen hitch-hiking on the south bound carriageway leading to Commonwealth Avenue in Canberra. It is believed that this same person was then given a lift in a motor vehicle along Commonwealth Avenue to the intersection of Coronation Drive in Canberra. Elizabeth has not returned.

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Elizabeth was last seen about 9pm on Friday 13 June 1980 at the Australian National University Union Bar, Canberra ACT. Police investigations have established that between 9.00pm and 9.45pm the same evening, a person fitting Elizabeth's description was seen hitchhiking on Vernon Circle in the south bound carriageway leading to Commonwealth Avenue. It is believed she was picked up by person/persons unknown.

 

Friday 13 June 1980 Elizabeth Herfort 28 Years Missing

By Paisley June 12, 2008   - The Riot Act
 

9pm Friday 13 June 2008 marks 28 years since my friend Elizabeth Herfort was last seen. 

I knew Elizabeth from my school days at Phillip College.  She was one of my classmates and we ‘hung’ in the same large circle of friends.  She was an intelligent, thoughtful and kind girl.  She was a very nice person.  In 1980 we were finished year 12 and had moved on to University.  Elizabeth was studying at ANU as were others in our group that Friday night.  I was studying at Art School.

I remember that day so clearly.  Some of our group started to arrive at the Union Bar about lunchtime, others, including Elizabeth, arrived later after lectures finished.  We stayed until the bar closed at 9pm.  There was no live music planned for the Refectory or upstairs in the bar so we all said our goodbyes and went home our seperate ways.  Although we had been at the bar for several hours we drunk slowly and chatted a lot… and I don’t recall anyone in our group being drunk.  Binge drinking was uncool and we were more interested holding sophisticated, intelligent discussions on topical issues.

Elizabeth lived on the Southside and in those days buses were few and far between after 7pm.  Canberra was a quiet place and kids felt safe hitching home.    

Elizabeth was a happy girl, with plans and dreams for the future.  It is impossible that she simply chose to ‘drop out’… it was not in her nature. 

In the years that have gone past I  can’t help but think of the fear and horror she must have felt later that night.  I wish there was some sort of warning of the events that would unfold.  There wasn’t.  It was just a happy Friday night’s get together for a group of friends, just like others we had shared.

The night previous to Elizabeth’s disappearance two nurses disappeared after an evening spent at the TollHouse Hotel in Parramatta and I can’t help but wonder if this is more than coincidence.

Please, at 9pm on Friday night pause for a moment to think of Elizabeth.  The family and friends she left behind would all like to help her find peace at last.

If anyone has any information regarding Elizabeth (no matter how insignificant it may seem to you) I urge you to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.