Kenneth John CAMPLIN
December 25, 2013
Year of birth:1969
Kenneth Camplin, then aged 44 years, was reported missing by his brother on 30
December 2013. His friends and family became concerned for his welfare after
they could not make contact with him. They found his home unsecure and his dog
in the back yard near death due to dehydration and starvation.
Kenneth was very security conscious and had security cameras installed on the
outside of his home. He always locked his doors when he left the premises but
the back door was found to be unlocked. He doted over his dog and would not have
intentionally left it to suffer for an extended period.
His phone has not been used since and his bank accounts have not been accessed.
Kenneth was known to be a recreational drug user and a low level supplier of
drugs to some of his close associates.
Police suspect he has been murdered.
If you have information that may assist police please call Crime Stoppers on
1800 333 000.
As part of this year’s
campaign, SA Police are appealing for public assistance to help locate long-term
missing persons, including Kenneth “Kenny” Camplin.
To coincide with National Missing Persons Week, SA Police is rolling out four
billboards and 40 taxi advertisements featuring Mr Camplin and Mr Sheppard.
Kenneth Camplin, then 44, was reported missing by his brother on 30 December
He was last seen alive at 12.25am on the morning of Friday 27 December 2013 at a
fast food restaurant drive-thru at Paralowie.
Police believe Mr Camplin then returned home, as his vehicle and the restaurant
receipt were found at his home address.
Mr Camplin’s phone has not been used since, and his bank accounts have not been
Police suspect he has been murdered.
If you have any information relating to Mr Camplin's disappearance, or any
long-term missing persons, please phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or
report online at sa.crimestoppers.com.au – You can remain anonymous.
Disappearance of Paralowie man Kenneth
Camplin declared major crime by South Australia Police
man Kenneth Camplin left his dog without food and water and the back door of
his home open before vanishing without a trace.
Mr Camplin, known usually as Kenny, disappeared some time after waving to two
unidentified men outside his Elder Crt home at 11am on Boxing Day.
The mystery men were described as thin with dark hair and aged in their 20s.
Four days later, his brother and a friend found "Kenny's'' back door open and
his "beloved'' border collie-cross pet dog starving and thirsty.
The dog is now being cared for by friends.
Emotional friend Rob Gibbs, who has known Kenny since their school days, said in
a videoed interview that leaving the dog starving and the house unlocked was
"totally out of character''.
"It's not like Kenny to leave his dog and not answer his phone,'' Mr Gibbs said.
"He's got a lot of friends worrying about him.''
Mr Camplin, 44, was close to his mother and several brothers.
Major Crime Detective Inspector Greg Hutchins said police had grounds to suspect
he had met with foul play.
Police particularly want to speak to the men seen leaving Mr Camplin's home on
"(The) investigation has uncovered a few things which lead us to believe he has
been the victim of foul play,'' Det-Insp Hutchins said.
"Mr Camplin was waving 'goodbye' to those males and everything seemed very
amicable but we have not been able to identify who those males are.''
Det-Insp Hutchins would not release the details that led police to declare the
case a major crime but said the unemployed Mr Camplin had no known history of
drug taking or debts and no serious criminal convictions.
He also did not have any health issues to indicate he had depression.
Police said their concern for Mr Camplin was heightened because he was "very
security minded and doted on his dog".
"He always locked his home and would never leave his dog to suffer,'' Det-Insp
Elizabeth police say they have conducted extensive investigations - including
accessing Mr Camplin's bank and telephone records - without turning up a trace
of his whereabouts.
"We are really concerned about this missing person (because) no one has heard
anything, and I mean anything, from him at all,'' Detective Chief Inspector
Krystina Koza said at the weekend.
"He would normally let people know (where he was going) and we would have an
idea of where he's gone but we have absolutely nothing.''
Chief-Insp Koza said Mr Camplin usually stayed near his home and kept to
"We're just very, very concerned that this guy has gone missing," she said.
"Police have done extensive inquiries at places where he has visited or gone to
in the past and we have got absolutely ... no sightings or communications from
him since the 26th.
"He'd go camping but we have explored all of those (locations) and found nothing
"We've gone through everything with a fine-tooth comb.''
Mr Camplin is 175cm tall and weighs 120kg with blue eyes, fair complexion,
shoulder- length brown, wavy hair and is usually unshaven.
Anyone with information
should call CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000.