Above - Belinda at 15
Belinda with her sons as infants and son Cody Peisley today,
with Belinda's Dad
Above - Cody Peisley and Billy Moffett
with their mother's ex-partner Andrew Moffett and her father Mark Wearne / Pic:
Justin Lloyd Source: The Daily
The home where Belinda Peisley lived before she disappeared in
September 1998. Photo: Shane Desiatnik/Blue Mountains Gazzette
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|Circumstances - Belinda
last seen in Katoomba, NSW on the 26th September 1998.
Katoomba woman's disappearance reopened
15:03 AEST Sun Nov 28 2010 - Nine MSN
A young mum who went missing
from her NSW home 12 years ago had inherited a substantial amount of money
and her suspicious disappearance may be drug-related, police fear.
Police have reopened the case of 19-year-old Belinda Peisley who was
last seen at her Trow Avenue home in Katoomba, west of Sydney, on September
Ms Peisley had two young sons - aged three and one - at the time.
"Despite significant inquiries, no trace of Belinda has ever emerged,
although police are convinced she met with foul play," police said in a
statement on Sunday.
"Two years before her disappearance, Belinda inherited a substantial
amount of money and was able to buy her Trow Ave home outright.
"Police investigations revealed she had begun associating with a
number of people involved with illicit drugs in the months before she
vanished and have not ruled out Belinda's disappearance may have been drug
"Despite significant inquiries, no trace of Belinda has ever emerged,
although police are convinced she met with foul play."
On Sunday, Ms Peisley's father Mark Werne appealed for help to find
out what happened to his daughter.
"Belinda was only just beginning her life and had two beautiful sons
who she loved," Mr Werne said.
"Of course, we would like to hold out some hope but deep down the
family has accepted that Belinda is gone.
"But until we know for sure, this will continue to haunt her sons and
the rest of my family.
"It is an unimaginably cruel situation for my grandsons who never
really got to know their mum.
"For their sake, I would ask anyone who knows what happened to Belinda
to contact police and give this family a chance to lay things to rest and
have some peace."
Blue Mountains police local area commander Acting Superintendent Mick
Bostock said a female witness - who was one of the last people to see
Belinda - returned to the Katoomba house with detectives on Friday (November
26) to explain what she saw in the hope of triggering new leads in the
"New witnesses have come forward in recent weeks with fresh
information about her last months and we are slowly fitting together a
number of pieces to this puzzle," he said in the statement.
"A 37-year-old woman who saw Belinda shortly before she vanished
recalls attending the Trow Avenue home and finding it ransacked.
"It is likely Belinda was the victim of a drug-related incident and we
are pursuing a number of fresh leads that will, hopefully, shed some light
on her fate."
Police reopen investigation into suspicious
disappearance of teenaged mum – SF Belonidae
Sunday, 28 Nov 2010 09:33am
Police have re-opened an investigation into the suspicious disappearance of a
teenaged mum from her Katoomba home in 1998.
Belinda Peisley had inherited a substantial amount of money prior to her
disappearance and was last seen at her Trow Avenue home in Katoomba on 26
September, twelve years ago.
The 19-year-old woman had two young sons at the time aged three and one years.
She has never been seen since.
Despite significant inquiries, no trace of Belinda has ever emerged, although
police are convinced she met with foul play.
Two years before her disappearance Belinda inherited a substantial amount of
money and was able to buy her Trow Ave home outright.
Police investigations revealed she had begun associating with a number of people
involved with illicit drugs in the months before she vanished and have not ruled
out Belinda’s disappearance may have been drug related.
Blue Mountains LAC Commander, Acting Superintendent Mick Bostock, said a female
witness – who was one of the last people to see Belinda – returned to the
Katoomba house with detectives on Friday (26 November) to give an account of
what she saw in the hope of triggering new leads in the investigation.
“New witnesses have come forward in recent weeks with fresh information about
her last months and we are slowly fitting together a number of pieces to this
puzzle,” A/Supt Bostock said.
“A 37-year-old woman who saw Belinda shortly before she vanished recalls
attending the Trow Avenue home and finding it ransacked.
“It is likely Belinda was the victim of a drug-related incident and we are
pursuing a number of fresh leads that will hopefully shed some light on her
Belinda’s father, Mark Werne, appealed to anyone with any additional information
to come forward.
“Belinda was only just beginning her life and had two beautiful sons who she
loved,” Mr Werne said.
“Of course we would like to hold out some hope but deep down the family has
accepted that Belinda is gone.
“But until we know for sure, this will continue to haunt her sons and the rest
of my family.
“It is an unimaginably cruel situation for my grandsons who never really got to
know their mum.
“For their sake I would ask anyone who knows what happened to Belinda to contact
police and give this family a chance to lay things to rest and have some peace.”
CODY Peisley was three and his brother Billy just one when their
mother Belinda Peisley disappeared from Katoomba in 1998.
Now 16 and 14, they just want to know what happened to her.
The boys hope a $100,000 reward announced yesterday will finally bring
them answers, then they can "at least try to move on", Cody said.
"It's about actually knowing what happened," he said.
Ms Peisley's father William Wearne said his daughter's disappearance had
been particularly hard on his grandsons.
"William, I doubt he would even remember his mother, and Cody, barely," he
"Any questions they have about their mother, they have to ask a third
party rather than knowing her."
Mr Wearne said his daughter was a "good kid" who loved her children.
He said the family - including her former partner Andrew Moffett - won't
have closure until they know what happened to her. "Everyone says: 'You've got
to get on with your life and you've got to go forward' but it's always in the
back of your head ... every single day," he said.
Ms Peisley was just 19 when she left her
Katoomba home on September 26, 1998, and police believe she met with foul
She had received an inheritance but police said a drug addiction had left
her in debt.
Acting Superintendent Robert Vellar urged anyone with information to come
"They might be scared, they might be apprehensive about speaking with
police, but they may also be protecting other people. "This is an opportunity to
come forward, to clear their conscious and help police solve this matter," he
Disappearance of Belinda Peisley
Police are renewing an appeal for information into the
disappearance of a Blue Mountains teenager after the NSW State
Government announced an award for information that may help solve the
Nineteen-year-old Belinda Peisley was last sighted at her home on
Trow Avenue, Katoomba, on 26 September 1998. Officers from Blue
Mountains Local Area Command established Strike Force Belonidae to
investigate her disappearance.
Blue Mountains Local Area Commander, Acting Superintendent Rob
Vellar, says that police attached to the Strike Force have conducted
extensive inquiries, but need further public assistance.
“Police have identified a number of persons of interest and
followed numerous lines of inquiry.
“Our investigations have revealed that Belinda received a
considerable inheritance prior to her death, and that as a result she
had many people frequenting her residence.
“She had also developed a significant drug problem and had accumulated
“We believe she met with foul play but need more information from
the public to put the pieces of the puzzle together and make a
breakthrough,” Acting Superintendent Vellar said.
When Ms Peisley disappeared, she left behind two sons, who are now
aged 16 and 14.
In the hope of receiving new information, the NSW State Government
has today announced a reward of up to $100,000 for any information
leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons
responsible for the disappearance, and presumed murder, of Belinda
Anyone with information that can assist investigators should
contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Peisley disappearance linked to break-ins
Missing mother Belinda Peisley was
most likely murdered, inquest told
It’s been 20 years since 19-year-old Belinda Peisley disappeared from
Katoomba and her family still has no answers.
It took eight years for the police to report Ms Peisley’s death to the
coroner, and in 2012 a coroner’s inquiry found she died in or around
Katoomba, but couldn’t say how. The case was referred to the Unsolved
Homicide Unit for re-investigation.
Ms Peisley was last seen on September 26, 1998 and her remains have never
been found. She had inherited a significant amount of money before her
disappearance, and was addicted to heroin.
An ABC documentary Who
Killed Belinda Peisley? which airs on August 7 during national
missing persons week, raises more questions about her disappearance.
Ms Peisley’s father Mark Wearne, who is part of the film, told the Gazette he
didn’t believe his daughter’s disappearance had been adequately
“There are questions this documentary will not answer and there are holes it
leaves. Did the police – the homicide squad – look at any other persons of
interest? Were all these people’s [persons of interest] alibis tested?”
He said there also could be a link between the disappearance of Leura woman
Maureen McLaughlin in 1992 (her body was found in Lithgow later that year)
and Kellie Carmichael from Geelong who was last seen in a Katoomba hostel in
“They were women of similar age and similar social situation and were all
travelling in the same circles,” Mr Wearne said.
“The common thread is the drug scene in Katoomba.
“Was there a serial killer operating in the Blue Mountains at the time?”
Mr Wearne said he has not been contacted by the homicide squad since 2013.
“There is so much that could have been done,” he said. “It’s been very
Mr Wearne raised one of Ms Peisley’s two sons, Cody, until he turned 16 and,
Mr Wearne recalls him frequently asking what happened to his mother and when
he would see her again.
“How do you tell a six-year-old that, that there’s a strong possibility that
his mother’s been murdered? … I evaded the subject when he was very young.”
Documentary-maker Helen Barrow followed the case for more than seven years,
taking her cameras into the homes and lives of Ms Peisley’s family,
neighbours, friends, witnesses and persons of interest, and into the
courtroom each day of the inquest, to follow her story.
“We started filming in 2012 and 2013 and the coroner and counsel assisting
agreed to further filming in 2018, and the NSW police declined to be
involved in the documentary,” Ms Barrow said.
A NSW Police spokeswoman said: “Despite extensive investigations and
numerous ground searches by local police and the Homicide Squad over the
years, Belinda has not been located.
“Investigators identified numerous persons of interest and explored various
lines of inquiry, which were tested during a coronial inquiry.
“The investigation into Belinda’s disappearance and suspected murder will be
formally reviewed under the new unsolved framework in coming months.”
A $100,000 reward remains in place for the arrest and conviction of those
responsible for Ms Peisley’s disappearance.
Mr Wearne has appealed for anyone with information, no matter how trivial,
to come forward. Call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.