Russell Jenkin left his home in Werribee Victoria
at about 9.15pm in his silver 2006 Toyota Yaris. His car was found
at the Lara Football Ground on 23 September 2006. He was last seen
wearing blue/grey track pants, grey polo with a Toyota logo, red
polar fleece windcheater and work boots.
POLICE are concerned for the safety of a Werribee
man missing for almost three weeks.
Russell Jenkin, 36, left his home about 9.15pm on Friday,
September 22, after an argument with his partner.
His Toyota Yaris was found at Lara football ground the
Mr Jenkin is 175cm, of medium build, and 70kg.
He has short brown hair, hazel eyes and wore earrings.
Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800
Family despair as search continues
Posted on 07
By Alesha Capone - Star
WHILE 35,000 people are reported as missing in
Australia every year, most are found very quickly.
However, when people truly disappear and end up on the National
Missing Persons Co-ordination Centre list, their families are left
waiting for news, sometimes for years or even indefinitely.
Sandie Gillette is one such person, along with her young sons Ethan
Ms Gillette’s partner and father of her two children, Russell Jenkin,
left their Werribee home on 22 September 2006 in his silver Toyota
The car was found at the Lara Football Ground, containing Mr
Jenkin’s wallet, ID and cash, the next day.
“It’s been nearly five years this September, it has become
emotionally easier for me to handle but it’s still something you
think about all the time and it’s always in the back of my mind,” Ms
Her sons are now aged five and eight, and often ask about their Dad.
“I always say, ‘Wherever he is, I’m sure he’s thinking of you and
loves you’,” she said.
Before his disappearance, Mr Jenkin was employed by Toyota
manufacturing plant in Altona.
Ms Gillette said she wanted to find her partner for Ethan and
Charlie’s sake, as well for his other relatives and her own peace of
“He doesn’t have to call us, as long as he calls the police or
someone to let them know he’s okay,” she said.
Detective Sergeant Dennis Williams, from the Wyndham CIU, has been
investigating Mr Jenkin’s disappearance for years.
He said Ms Gillette prepared and distributed flyers, canvassed
witnesses and conducted a door-knock in Lara after her partner
disappeared in a “resolute and persistent” attempt to find him.
Det Sgt Williams also said Mr Jenkin’s mother has been a long-time
resident of Lara. “As an investigator it is vexing that Russell
remains missing, and it leaves a sense of unfinished business,” he
“For Russell’s family the consequences are immeasurably greater: the
heartbreak and emptiness at not knowing what has become of a
cherished son, brother, partner and father.
“It would be the most magnificent gift, if someone where to provide
the information which might give them an answer and some closure to
what has become of Russell.”
Anyone with information about Mr Jenkin’s whereabouts can contact
Det Sgt Williams on 9742 9439 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
A MISSING man who vanished without a trace 11 years ago, leaving
his car at the Lara football ground, has reportedly been sighted
by his partner two states and 1800km from where they last saw
Russell Jenkin was last seen leaving his Werribee home after a
heated argument with his partner Sandie Gillette on September 22,
He’s been an official missing person ever since.
Mr Jenkin was also featured in a National Missing Person’s Week
story in the Geelong Advertiser just three weeks ago.
Now Ms Gillette, mother of the couple’s two sons, has shared the
story of her possible sighting of him at a Sunshine Coast shopping
centre with hopes he will come forward and confirm his whereabouts
to his family.
“I always sort of believed he was out there somewhere. But it was a
bit of a shock seeing him. I don’t know how to explain it — it was
numbing,” Ms Gillette said.
The 44-year-old was with her eldest son Ethan, now 15, and a
daughter she had from another relationship, walking out of the
Caloundra Stockland shopping centre on January 27, when she saw the
man she believes was Mr Jenkin was coming right towards her.
When Ms Gillette and her children got into their car she kept
watching. And he was watching them.
“He was very observant of us. By that time he had taken off his
sunglasses and I realised that was definitely Russell,” she said.
The only photo the family has of Mr Jenkin is the one that features
on his missing persons page, which is now almost 15 years old. All
the others of him were lost during the Queensland floods in 2011.
“Once (Ethan) checked the picture he realised it was him as well.
He’s older, obviously, more heavy-set, but I’m positive it was him,”
Ms Gillette has spent a decade trying to move on from a chapter of
her life with no definitive end but it was her sons who encouraged
her to go to the police and report the sighting.
Ms Gillette wants Mr Jenkin to go to a police station and tell them
he is OK but is unsure what she would want to happen next.
“Me, personally, I don’t expect Russell would come back into the
picture. But that doesn’t mean his sons can’t know him,” she said.
“They had asked about him many time over the years, especially Ethan
as he was getting older. “There is always this not knowing — there
is a gap there that needs to be filled in.”