Raymond George ALLEN
Release date: Thu 19 May 2005
Last updated: Wed 1 June 2005
On Friday 20 May Victoria Police will conduct an aerial search of the Mooroopna/Shepparton area to search for missing 17-year-old Raymond George Allen.
On Monday 23 May Victoria Police members will man an information caravan located outside the Mooroopna Bi-Lo store on Echuca Road in Mooroopna.
The information caravan will be manned from 5.00 pm – 8.00 pm.
In the late afternoon of Anzac Day on Monday 25 April Raymond told his family that he was walking to the Bi-Lo store to meet a friend. The last positive sighting of Raymond was when he left his home in Gange Street, Mooroopna.
The Victoria Police Missing Persons Unit are co-ordinating the search and investigation.
Police plan air search for missing boy
May 19, 2005
AN air search will be carried out tomorrow over parts of northern Victoria for a 17-year-old boy missing for almost a month.
Raymond George Allen was last seen leaving his home in Gange Street, Mooroopna, after telling his family he was walking to the local Bi-Lo supermarket to meet a friend on April 25.
Police will conduct an aerial search of the area tomorrow and set up an an information caravan Monday next week.
The caravan will be manned from 5pm to 8pm (AEST) outside the Mooroopna Bi-Lo store on Echuca Road.
Revenge a motive, says distressed mother
By Anthony Dowsley and Holly Ife
May 30, 2005
THE grief-stricken mother of a missing Victorian teenager believes he may be the victim of a revenge attack.
Katrina Rowlands, whose son Raymond Allen vanished near Shepparton more than a month ago, said she believed he had been kidnapped by someone she recently accused of a crime.
Raymond, who missed his 17th birthday on May 9, was last seen in Mooroopna on Anzac Day before failing to meet an acquaintance at a supermarket in the town.
Police have since used helicopters, divers and dogs in a search for Raymond. "As far as I'm concerned, I really think this is revenge," Mrs Rowlands said. "I'm trying to find out more. I know that he hasn't run away."
Ms Rowlands said she just wanted answers as to what had happened.
"Some days, I don't want to comprehend because I'm scared of knowing. My brain is telling me one thing and my subconscious is telling me another thing."
The homicide squad's missing persons unit has taken on the case and a manned caravan has been placed in Echuca Rd, Mooroopna, in an effort to obtain a lead.
No sightings of Raymond have been reported since he left his father's Gange St home about 5.30pm on April 25.
He was to meet a friend at the Bi-Lo supermarket on Echuca Rd, but did not show up.
His mobile phone has not been used and his welfare claims have not been lodged.
Raymond lived with his father, George, in Mooroopna after moving from Keilor Downs, where he had lived with his mother.
A run-in with police over an alleged theft from a wrecking yard had been a factor in the move. He was to appear in court on June 6 over the matter.
George Allen said the wait for news got harder each day.
"It's just unbearable. It's mind-numbing," he said.
Mr Allen said someone must know something about his disappearance. "Please, please just come forward. His parents and sister just want him home. We just want him back. I want my little boy safe and home," he said.
Raymond moved to Mooroopna, where he hoped to find work, about six weeks before his disappearance.
Mr Allen said his son had no reason to run away. "If he is still alive, he is being held against his will."
Raymond was extremely close to his 15-year-old sister Bianca.
"She is staying strong, but it's affecting her," Mr Allen said.
He has accepted police were now looking for his son's body, but had a message for anyone who has hurt Raymond: "We are coming for you. You will be caught."
Anyone with information on Raymond's disappearance can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Missing teen baffles police
By CARLY CRAWFORD - Herald Sun
TWO men who were to meet missing Mooroopna teenager Raymond George Allen the day he vanished have given statements to police.
The men are among many who have tried to help investigators unravel the mystery disappearance of Mr Allen, 17.
No sightings of Mr Allen have been reported since he left his father's Gange St home about 5.30pm on Anzac Day.
He was to meet a friend, known only as Jamie, at the Bi-Lo supermarket on Echuca Rd. But Mr Allen never showed up and there has been no trace of him since.
His mobile phone has not been used, his welfare claims have not been lodged.
His welfare payments have been cancelled because he has not maintained contact with Centrelink.
His father has had no contact from the devoted son he calls "Mini Me".
The homicide squad's missing persons unit has taken over the investigation. While police are keeping an open mind, they fear the worst.
"It (murder) is one of many scenarios, but it's a suspicious disappearance," Det-Sen Sgt Tony Thatcher said. "There is the possibility he might have met with foul play."
Police will set up an information caravan outside the Bi-Lo store between 5pm and 8pm tomorrow.
Mr Allen's father, George Allen, has no idea what happened to him.
"It's unbearable. I just don't know what to do."
His father said Mr Allen was in good health and had no history of depression, making suicide unlikely.
"Police keep in touch regularly, but they just keep hitting dead ends," he said.
Mr Allen lived with his father in Mooroopna for several months after moving from Keilor Downs, where he had lived with his mother.
His parents decided on the move after he had a run-in with the law over alleged theft from a wrecking yard. Mr Allen was to appear in court over the matter on June 6.
The teenager was close to his parents and had no reason to run away.
"If he's out there, he wouldn't be out there of his own free will," his father said.
"There's no reason he wouldn't want to be here. We're like peas in a pod."
He turned 17 on May 9, after he vanished.
"It was a miserable day," his father said.
Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
White car key to missing teen
June 23, 2005
POLICE believe a white Holden Commodore could be the key to the disappearance of a 17-year-old boy in northern Victoria.
Missing Persons Unit detectives have uncovered new evidence in the case of Raymond George Allan, missing since Anzac Day.
Raymond was last seen leaving his home in Gange Street, Mooroopna, after telling his family he was walking to the local Bi-Lo supermarket to meet a friend on April 25.
Detectives said they had received further information from several people in the Mooroopna and Shepparton area.
Police are now looking for an early-model Commodore sedan, possibly carrying three people, spotted near the supermarket on the afternoon that Raymond was last seen.
Police conducted an air search over parts of northern Victoria one month after Raymond's disappearance, and set up an information caravan outside the supermarket.
Wednesday, September 21, 2005. 1:24pm (AEST)
Police seek four-wheel-drive owner in search for missing teen - ABC
Police believe the driver of a four-wheel-drive may be able to help solve the disappearance of a teenager from Mooroopna, near Shepparton in north-east Victoria, earlier this year.
Police believe an early 1980s Toyota Hiace van may have been involved in the disappearance Raymond George Allen, in April.
The van later became bogged and received assistance from a four-wheel-drive owner who towed the van from the bog.
Police are asking the driver of the four-wheel-drive to contact them.
Release date: Wed 21 September 2005
Last updated: Wed 21 September 2005
Mr Allen went missing from his home in Grange Street, Mooroopna on Monday 25 April 2005 after telling his family he intended to meet a friend called Jamie.
Police believe Raymond walked to a local supermarket in Echuca Road Mooroopna but has not been seen since.
Raymond has not contacted his family or accessed any money since his disappearance and police hold grave concerns for his welfare.
Investigators are interested in speaking to anyone who may have information in relation to a white 1983/84 Toyota Hiace van that may have been involved in the disappearance.
A vehicle similar to this became bogged up to its axle in a country area a short time after Mr Allen’s disappearance.
The occupants of this vehicle apparently had assistance from a four wheel drive owner who towed the van from the bog.
Detectives are appealing for the person who may have assisted the bogged van to contact them in relation to the incident.
Anyone who has information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000
Police seek 4WD clue to missing boy
By Selma Milovanovic and Elisabeth Lopez
September 21, 2005 - 1:51PM - The Age
Police are seeking a 1983-84 Toyota Hiace van.
Police are looking for the owner of a four-wheel drive linked to the suspected murder of a 17-year-old boy from central Victoria in April.
Raymond George Allen was last seen on the main street of Mooroopna, near Shepparton, on Anzac Day.
He had told his father he was on his way to a local Bi-Lo supermarket to meet a friend.
Detective Inspector Bernie Rankin from the Missing Persons Unit said today police had "treated this as a very suspicious disappearance from the outset".
"All indications are this is a homicide," he said.
The missing persons unit has released a photo of a white 1983/84 Toyota Hiace van similar to one they believe was involved in Allen's disappearance.
The van was believed to have been bogged up to its axle in a country area a short time after Allen went missing.
The four-wheel-drive owner towed the van from the mud .
At the time of his disappearance, Allen had recently moved to his father's house in Mooroopna from Keilor Downs in Melbourne's north-west, where he had lived with his mother.
Jamie Sumner, 27, one of the men whom Allen was supposed to meet at the time he went missing, has been interviewed by police. He denies any involvement in the case.
AdvertisementInspector Rankin said police had identified a number of suspects and interviewed several people.
"This (the four-wheel drive owner) is the vital information that we need that may just provide us with that additional evidence we need to ascertain what exactly happened to Ray," Inspector Rankin said.
Police have so far seized four cars, used helicopters, divers and dogs and set up an information caravan in their search for Allen.
Anyone with information should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
Man charged over missing teen murder
December 19, 2005 - The Australian
POLICE have charged a man with the murder of a northern Victoria teenager who went missing eight months ago.
Raymond George Allen, 17, was last seen on April 25 leaving his home in Gange Street, Mooroopna, after telling his family he was walking to the local Bi-Lo supermarket to meet a friend.
Police have conducted a number of searches around the Mooroopna area but have been unable to find any trace of the young man.
Detective Inspector Bernie Rankin has previously said the Anzac Day disappearance was being treated as a murder investigation.
"Mr Allen had no need to disappear," he said.
"He was constantly in contact with friends and family and was in receipt of social security benefits."
Homicide Squad detectives today charged a 27-year-old man from East Keilor with murder.
He was remanded in custody today to appear at Melbourne Magistrates' Court on April 7, 2006.
Mustering The Forest – Melanie Sim (Shepparton, VIC) - ABC
The annual Barmah muster in north-east Victoria has wrapped up for another year with the last of the cattle being trucked out for the winter. But the cattlemen were on the look out for more than just their cattle this year as local detectives had enlisted their help to search for Mooroopna teenager Raymond Allen, who's been missing for the past 12 months. Police believe he has been murdered and his body buried in the Barmah forest region. Despite the extra manpower no body was found during the week-long muster.
Missing youth: 2 accused
Kate Uebergang - Herald Sun
August 09, 2006 12:00am
A SECOND man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a missing teen who is believed to have been tortured and killed.
Shaun Jarrod Benporath, 24, appeared at Shepparton Magistrates' Court yesterday charged with the murder of Raymond Allen, 16, who went missing after leaving his Mooroopna home on April 25 last year.
Jamie Leslie Sumner, 28, appeared at Melbourne Magistrates' Court in December also charged with the teenager's murder.
Police allege Mr Sumner, of Keilor East, and Mr Benporath, of Mooroopna, abducted and killed Raymond Allen, believing he had sexually assaulted another youth.
Police documents, tendered to court in April, allege the youth told family members Raymond Allen had drugged and raped him during a sleepover.
Police claim the accused men then organised a meeting with Raymond Allen, who had moved to Mooroopna to live with his father, under the guise of giving him marijuana.
The teenager's father, George Allen, said his son left home about 5.30pm on Anzac Day, saying he was going to meet someone named Jamie outside a BiLo supermarket.
Police allege the teen was abducted, questioned over the alleged rape before being hit, having his throat cut, then stabbed.
Mr Sumner allegedly told a friend he buried the teen's body under a large cement pipe in the forest.
Police claim the body was later removed and the remains burned.
The teenager's body has never been found.
Both men have been remanded in custody.
Mr Benporath is to appear at Melbourne Magistrates' Court this Friday.
Mr Sumner is to appear next Monday.
A Keilor East man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for stabbing to death a teenager.
A jury has found 30 year old Jamie Sumner guilty of murdering 16 year old Raymond Allen of Mooroopna in April 2005.
The Supreme Court was told Sumner kidnapped and stabbed the teenager out of revenge, because he believed Raymond Allen had raped his brother.
The jury heard that Sumner lured Mr Allen to a meeting place in Shepparton and stabbed him repeatedly in the neck.
In sentencing, Justice Jeffery Nettle said Sumner's brother made the rape allegation when he was psychotic and delusional.
The judge said there was every reason to suppose the allegation was not true and there was no proof Sumner's brother had been sexually assaulted.
The Court heard Sumner told his heroin dealer that he disposed of the body in a concrete pipe, then later burnt it in a New South Wales state forest.
The teenager's body has never been found.
Sumner will serve a minimum of 18 years.
Murdered ... Raymond Allen
A man has been jailed for 22 years for murdering a teenager he believed had sexually assaulted his brother.
Jamie Leslie Sumner, 30, of Keilor East in Melbourne's north-west was found guilty of murdering Raymond George Allen, 16, whom he lured to a car park and tortured to death.
Allen disappeared from his Mooroopna home in northern Victoria on April 25, 2005.
His body has never been found.
The Victorian Supreme Court heard Sumner, who was using heroin daily, believed Allen had assaulted his teenage brother and wanted to exact revenge.
Today, Justice Geoffrey Nettle jailed Sumner for 22 years with a minimum term of 18 years.
"The nature and gravity of your offences are extreme," he said.
"Even if the allegation (against Allen) were true, it would in no way lessen the gravity of your offences."
Justice Nettle said the planned, premeditated and cold-blooded nature of the attack compounded the crime.
He said it was equally disturbing that Sumner had shown no remorse and failed to disclose where he had hidden Allen's body, depriving his family of proper mourning.
Justice Nettle said a lengthy sentence was necessary to help deter other members of the community from taking the law into their own hands.
Outside court, Allen's mother Katrina Rowlands said the term was not long enough.
"We have a life sentence. I hope he rots. And we want to know where my son's body is so we can lay him to rest," she told reporters.