Belinda Shirley PEISLEY

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She wanted to be a model ... Belinda Peisley. Belinda Peisley, aged 15.

Above - Belinda at 15

 

 Belinda Peisley     

  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 Telegraph

The home where Belinda Peisley lived before she disappeared in September 1998.

The home where Belinda Peisley lived before she disappeared in September 1998. Photo: Shane Desiatnik/Blue Mountains Gazzette

 

 

 

Name:  Belinda Shirley PEISLEY Sex: Female
Date of Birth: 1979    
Age when missing: 19 Height (cm): 170.0 Build: Thin
Hair Colour: Brown Eye Colour: Blue/Grey Complexion: Medium
Nationality:   Racial Appearance: Caucasian    
Circumstances - Belinda Peisley was 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 26, 1998.

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 related.

"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 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," 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 fate.”

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.”

Sons of missing woman Belinda Peisley appeal for help

The family of missing Katoomba woman Belinda Peisley made a new appeal for information this morning.

Her two sons, Cody Peisley, 16, Billy Moffett, 14, her father William Wearne and ex-partner Andrew Moffett pleaded for anyone with information to come forward.

The brothers were aged just three and one when their mother Belinda Peisley vanished from her Trow Ave, Katoomba home on September 26, 1998.

Minister for Police, Michael Gallacher, says police have a number of persons of interest, but are asking for the public's assistance with information.
 

"There were a number of people Belinda associated with prior to her disappearance and we believe that either one or more of them have knowledge about what happened to Belinda," he said.

The appeal comes as the News South Wales State Government today announced a reward of up to $100,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction.

Mr Wearne described Belinda as a "good kid", and asked anyone with information to contact crime stoppers or Springwood detectives.

Ms Peisley was 19 when she disappeared and was last seen on September 26, 1998, at her Katoomba home. It is believed she met with foul play.

Brothers hope $100,000 offer will end missing mystery of missing mum Belinda Peisley

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 said.

"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 play.

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 forward.

"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 said.

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 case.

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 considerable debt.

“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 Peisley.

Anyone with information that can assist investigators should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Peisley disappearance linked to break-ins

Paul Bibby -  SMH - Court Reporter

Police have uncovered crucial new information about the mysterious death of a young mother in 1998, suggesting it may have been related to a string of drug-related break and enter offences by people she knew.

Belinda Peisley, 19, was last seen leaving Katoomba Hospital, west of Sydney, on September 26, 1998. Her remains have never been found.

For more than 13 years police attempted to uncover what had happened to the young woman, but found little solid evidence beyond the fact that, shortly before her disappearance, the 19-year-old had inherited a significant amount of money.

But the coronial inquest into Ms Peisley's death - resuming on Tuesday after a five-month break - heard that "significant new information had come to light" following "significant further investigation".

The inquest, at Katoomba local court, heard that there had been a number of drug-related break-ins around the time of Ms Peisley's disappearance, in which property had been stolen from homes around Katoomba and then sold to pawnshops in western Sydney.

A number of these break-ins were allegedly undertaken by some of Ms Peisley's friends, most notably her former boyfriend Oliver Tipping and his friend Jeremy Douglas.

The inquest heard that, shortly after Ms Peisley disappeared, the woman who was part of the alleged break and enter racket, Joanne Thompson, had used identification cards belonging to Ms Peisley when selling the stolen goods to pawnshops.

"Oliver [Tipping] told me in a conversation that Joanne was using her [Belinda's] ID," a friend of the alleged robbers, Shane Heffernan, told the inquest.

A distinctive maroon Jaguar belonging to one of the men was also seen outside Ms Peisley's house around the time of her disappearance.

Mr Heffernan said this car belonged to Jeremy Douglas and had been obtained with "money from a break and enter".

Police said last week that they now believe Ms Peisley was murdered, and that they have begun searching bushland at Blackheath, near Katoomba.

The inquest, before Deputy NSW Coroner Paul McMahon, continues.

 

Missing mother Belinda Peisley was most likely murdered, inquest told

 

Paul Bibby - SMH

A young Blue Mountains mother who disappeared in suspicious circumstances 15 years ago most likely died as a result of homicide or violence, the Coroners Court has heard, but there is insufficient evidence to charge any of those suspected of involvement.

Belinda Peisley, 19, was last seen leaving Katoomba Hospital, west of Sydney, on September 26, 1998. Her remains have never been found.

At the end of the day, someone hurt Belinda but they're still out there living their life and they've taken hers. 

For more than 13 years police attempted to uncover what had happened to the young woman, but found little solid evidence beyond the fact that, shortly before her disappearance, the mother-of-two had inherited a significant amount of money from her great uncle and had developed a heroin addiction.

But in late 2012, investigators uncovered new information suggesting the young woman may have been the victim of foul play within the group of young people she was spending time with, many of them drug users. An inquest into Ms Peisley's death was initiated and police began searching a large swath of bush land near Blackheath.

The inquest heard that a few days after her death, Ms Peisley's house was broken into by a number of her former friends and acquaintances, who later used her identification cards to sell items at a western Sydney pawn shop.

Two of the 19-year-old's former friends - Jeremy Douglas and Saxon Holdforth - became "persons of interest" at the inquest, with the scrutiny on their activities intensifying.

The inquest received evidence from multiple witnesses suggesting that Ms Peisley had been killed and thrown off one of the Blue Mountains' many cliff edges.

"Some of the things I have heard over the years is that Jeremy, Saxon and Olly [Peisley's former boyfriend Oliver Tipping] took her in a car and bashed her and left her somewhere,"  Kerren Fittler said in a handwritten statement to police.

"After they've left her they've come back and got her body and done some things to her before or after she was dead and chucked her over the cliff.

"I heard she was killed over drugs or she wouldn't give them what they wanted."

Mr Holdforth and Mr Douglas have steadfastly maintained their innocence at the inquest.

On Wednesday, counsel assisting the inquest, Phillip Strickland, SC, said the evidence relating to the exact manner and cause of the young woman's death was inconclusive, but that it did "point strongly to her death being the result of some sort of homicide or violence".

"Much of the hearing has been directed towards whether these persons of interest had knowledge of or direct involvement in the circumstances surrounding Belinda Peisley's death," he said.

"The evidence regarding these persons is inconclusive and not capable of convincing a jury that a known person committed an indictable offence."

Speaking after the hearing, Ms Peisley's aunt, Sharon Versace said she was "very, very disappointed" that charges would not be laid.

"At the end of the day, someone hurt Belinda but they're still out there living their life and they've taken hers," she said.

"I'll never give up, the detectives have come so far - I'm hoping that one day we'll get some good news. It won't bring Belinda back, but it will be a bit of justice for the family."

Deputy State Coroner Paul McMahon will hand down his formal findings next month.


 

Belinda Peisley disappearance - father Mark Wearne's plea for answers 20 years on

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 investigated.
 

“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 2001.
 

“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 difficult”.

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.