Susan Marie GOODWIN

Name: Susan Marie GOODWIN
Age: 40 years old
Build: Slim
Hair: Collar length brown hair
Eyes: Blue
Complexion: Fair
Distinguishing Features/Other:
Tattoo of a purple rose on left hip, hysterectomy scar on lower torso.


Circumstances:
A friend last saw Susan at her home address in Port Lincoln, South Australia on 19 July, 2002. Her disappearance is described as out of character. Susan Goodwin was 40 when she vanished from her home in Port Lincoln, SA, on July 19, 2002.
Despite many searches, fun-loving Susan hasn't been spotted since, explains Michel Peterson, 43, her partner of seven years.
"From the moment I arrived home from work at 4.30pm, I had a feeling something was terribly wrong. Susan usually picked me up, but this day the car was locked in the driveway. It sent alarm bells ringing. Ordinarily, Susan never bothered about locking it.
I went inside the house and it all seemed normal. Susan had even prepared the evening meal. It was sitting in the fridge, waiting to be cooked. All the contents of the house were intact, and her clothes in the wardrobe were untouched. One of the other signs something was wrong was that her toothbrush was still in the bathroom cabinet. Susan had an obsession about brushing her teeth, and wouldn't have left the house without it. There was no note to say where she was, so I called friends and family, but came up with nothing. It was strange, as we were inseparable and I know she wouldn't cause me any stress. I went to the police that night and reported her missing. While I completed the forms I thought I'd get a call on my mobile from Susan. But it's never happened. When I'm driving and I see an area of bushland that hasn't been searched, I stop the car and look for myself. It's sad and frustrating because there haven't been any reported sightings of Susan from the time she disappeared. The Port Lincoln SES and police have both been fantastic, conducting searches in the area. The family are very stressed and heartbroken, because Susan survived a car accident in the 1980s which claimed the lives of two of her sisters and her brother. It's a terrible blow to her parents and sister, who live in Victoria. I think about Susan every day, wondering if she's dead or alive, so there's no closure." If you have any information, please call the National Missing Persons Unit on 1800 000 634.

Sunday Mail (28-12-2003)
Anna Merola/ Peter Haran

EVERYWHERE Susan Goodwin went she look her toothbrush and a small bottle of water.
But the Port Lincoln woman took neither with her the day she disappeared.
She had ignored her obsession with dental hygiene, a fact that gave police reason to worry about her safety.
Police said events from years ago ruted out the likelihood of suicide - Susan had survived an horrific car crash in which her three siblings were killed.
"She considered life precious," Major Crime investigator Detective Sergeant Mick Standing said.
There had been no falling out or altercation with her partner, Michel Peterson, with whom she lived, but something had distressed her on the day she vanished.
Susan had arranged to pick up Ms Peterson from a Port Lincoln fish processing plant at 4.30pm on July 19.
She had shopped for food for the evening meat and was seen in town by people who later told police she was "distressed" or "distraught".
Why Susan was upset is not clear. She drove her four-wheel drive back home and apparently unpacked her groceries.
At 4.30pm Ms Peterson arrived home and became alarmed after finding the four-wheel drive locked and parked in the drive- way.
Inside the couple's home meat had been unpacked and left on the kitchen bench for the evening meal.
Investigators built up a picture of Susan and concluded foul play was involved. One detective said "the whole picture is not right".
The following week police and SES volunteers scoured 25sq km of dense scrub near Port Lincoln for clues or a grave.
Susan carried $140 with her but had not used her bank accounts.
Seventeen months on, her disappearance - listed as a major crime - still mystifies all concerned.
Her father, Don Goodwin, who lives in rural Victoria, told the Sunday Mail his daughter had "been to hell and back" after the tragedy ot the car smash.
"She was very close to me and this has set me back," he said. "I've come to the conclusion she's not alive."
Susan's mother, Margaret, said: "If she was alive we would have heard from her - somebody knows something."

Missing woman unlikely to be alive: police
Thursday, 17 November 2005 - ABC

Port Lincoln police say they do not expect to find missing woman Susan Goodwin alive.

Police searched the old greyhound track on Tuesday after Ms Goodwin's partner said new information had been received.

Search teams found pieces of old clothing, which will be tested to see if they belonged to Ms Goodwin, who disappeared more than three years ago.

Senior Sergeant Hank Swalue says any hope of finding Ms Goodwin alive is all but gone.

"She's still a missing person. However, the likelihood of her being alive now in light of information that we've received over a period of time, it's highly unlikely that she's still alive and I think we'll be looking for the remains," he said.

New search for body
By Billie Harrison - Port Lincoln Times
Thursday, 17 November 2005

NEW information sparked a police search for the remains of missing Port Lincoln woman Susan Goodwin at the old greyhound track on Tuesday.
Ms Goodwin was first reported missing on July 19, 2002 after she failed to pick up her partner from Port Lincoln Tuna Processors that afternoon.

Senior Sergeant Hank Swalue said information from Ms Goodwin's partner Michel Peterson had prompted the search.

An extensive search uncovered pieces of old clothing, which will be examined by police, however no evidence of human remains was found in the search area.

Ms Peterson joined police and local State Emergency Services on the search of a number of areas around the old greyhound track.

"If I didn't come I'd want to come and look for myself anyway," Ms Peterson said.

She has renewed her plea for anyone with information about Ms Goodwin's disappearance to come forward.

Sergeant Swalue said police were convinced there were people in the community who knew something about what happened to Ms Goodwin.

"It's now been three years since Susan Goodwin went missing and from time to time police still receive some information as to the possible location of what now would be her remains," he said.

"Michel Peterson, the former partner of Susan Goodwin approached police recently in relation to some information that had been passed onto her for police to search an area in the vicinity of the old greyhound track.

"Once again this is a plea for someone to come forward so this baffling case can finally be put to rest and give some piece of mind to both Michel and the family of Susan Goodwin."

Anyone with information should either contact local police on 8688 3020 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

Sergeant Swalue stressed all information would be treated with the strictest of confidence.


 

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