On 18 October 2020, the Government of Western Australia approved
a reward of $1,000,000 be offered for information which leads to the
apprehension and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for Lisa’s
The Government may be prepared to consider recommending a
protection from prosecution, or pardon for any informant with information that
leads to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for Lisa’s death,
provided that the informant was not directly responsible for the death of Lisa
If you have any information about the disappearance of Lisa Marie
Mott, please contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make an online report
below. Please remember that you can remain anonymous if you wish and rewards are
Lisa Marie Mott was born in May 1968, she was 12 years of age at
the time of her disappearance and lived on Atkinson Street in Collie with her
Mother and two sisters.
At 6.45pm on Thursday 30 October 1980, Lisa left her home address
to go to the local basketball courts situated on Throssell Street, Collie. At
the time she was accompanied by a friend and had her mother’s permission to
attend the courts on the understanding that she would get a lift home with the
mother of Lisa’s friend. This was only the third time Lisa had been permitted
out at night time with all previous occasions; to attend the basketball courts.
Lisa shot some goals at the courts but spent most of her time
talking and socialising with several friends. At 8.45pm Lisa and a friend went
to a pizza shop opposite the courts and returned to the courts a few minutes
At 9pm Lisa decided to walk home, with a friend accompanying her
part of the way. They walked along Throssell Street, turning right on to Harvey
Street towards the railway crossing. Within this vicinity Lisa’s friend stopped
as she had to return to the basketball courts, and watched Lisa cross the
railway line to Forrest Street.
This was the last time Lisa was sighted and she has not been seen
since. The person or persons responsible for Lisa’s disappearance have not yet
In 2000, Western Australian police reopened
the case. 12-year-old Lisa was last seen speaking to a person in a yellow panel
van in Forrest Street after a basketball game at about 8.30pm on October 30.
Retired CIB detective Reg Driffill, who
headed the investigation into Lisa's disappearance, believes serial killer David
Birnie* should be interviewed by police about the disappearance. Birnie and his
de facto wife Catherine Birnie were jailed for life in 1987 for the abduction
and murder of four young women. A report in The West Australian said Mr Driffill
had interviewed the Birnies in 1986, but both denied any involvement in Lisa's
disappearance. Mr Driffill said David Birnie had lived in Bunbury (near Collie)
in the late 1970s and was working in Collie as a crane driver at the time of
"He has had all these years to think about
it and if he was involved he may now consider assisting police," Mr Driffill
said. "He was picking girls off the street (when he committed the murders) and
the way Lisa disappeared was a similar thing."
Det-Supt David Caporn, of the major crime
division, said an investigation team was following new leads in the case. He had
spoken to Mr Driffill about aspects of the case, including information relating
to the ownership of yellow panel vans. Det-Supt Caporn said police were
reviewing a number of unsolved crimes, including the disappearance of Lisa
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*Editor's note - David Birnie has since died in
Mum's plea after 30 year wait
The West Australian
Marion Powell's voice trembles as she explains the hurt she has
felt almost every day for the past 30 years since her 12-year-old daughter Lisa
Marie Mott vanished while walking home from a basketball game in Collie.
"It's 11,000 days that I have lived with this," she said.
"That's a lot of days, it's almost like 11,000 days waiting for
the other shoe to drop. It's probably the hardest thing anyone could cope with
and I wouldn't wish it on anyone. It's terrible.
"It's like you've got a stone in your shoe. That's the best way I
can explain it.
"I have had a stone in my shoe for 30 years because it's a
physical pain as well as an emotional one."
Saturday marked the 30th anniversary of Lisa's disappearance. She
was last seen speaking to someone in a yellow panel van shortly after 8.30pm on
Forrest Street and has never been found.
"Lisa would be 42 now," Ms Powell said. "That's a whole life that
she has missed out on, that the family has missed out on."
Ms Powell, who moved back to her home State of South Australia,
said her daughter was a happy child.
She was the third of five children and her father Brian Mott died
of lung cancer in September without learning what happened to his daughter.
"She was always at my elbow and I got on extremely well with
her," Ms Powell said. "Kids are kids. There were ups and downs with her, she
played the clarinet and I just remember she was really happy."
She said the disappearance struck the family hard and she
believed somebody had information that might solve the case.
"Somebody has to know something," she said.
There has long been speculation that serial killer David Birnie
was involved in Lisa's disappearance because he drove a yellow panel van and was
working in the Collie area at the time of the disappearance.
Police interviewed Birnie, who took his own life in jail on
October 7, 2005, several times over the matter but he denied any involvement.
Reward increased in South West cold case
The reward for information that could help solve the 1980 disappearance of a
Collie schoolgirl has been increased from $10,000 to $250,000.
Twelve-year-old Lisa Marie Mott disappeared while walking along Forrest
Street approximately 8.30pm on October 30, 1980.
She was last seen talking to a person in a yellow panel van and no
information has been received in regards to her whereabouts since that time.
Police Minister Michelle Roberts announced last week that Lisa Mott’s
disappearance was one of 11 cold cases that had seen its reward rise to
$250,000 for information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the
The previous reward for information, set in 1981, was just $10,000.
“I’m keen to support police with the offer of rewards to help apprehend
offenders and bring justice to grieving families,” Ms Roberts said.
“Rewards can be a valuable tool in cases where investigators believe they
have the potential to generate new information or bring forward new
“The hotchpotch system of disparate rewards we inherited needed review and I
wanted to ensure we kept pace with other jurisdictions.
“Hopefully the offer of a quarter of a million dollar reward may be
incentive enough to get someone to come forward with information.”
The announcement came after the state government set up a working group
to review the reward system and to address concerns regarding the differing
rewards offered for cold cases.
The review concluded that reward amounts offered in Western Australia had
fallen behind those offered in other states, where automatic rewards are
often applied to all unsolved homicides and suspicious disappearances.
WHY CAN’T YOU REVEAL WHO KILLED MY LISA?
A desperate mother has begged a serial killer to dig into her conscience and
help solve the 39-year-old mystery, writes Joe Spagnolo
The Sunday Times
THE seriously ill mother of missing Collie schoolgirl Lisa Mott, who
vanished 39 years ago, has pleaded with serial killer Catherine Birnie to
give up any murderous secrets and tell her wha...