Name: Susan Marie GOODWIN
Age: 40 years old
Hair: Collar length brown hair
Tattoo of a purple rose on left hip, hysterectomy scar on lower torso.
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
Sunday Mail (28-12-2003)
Anna Merola/ Peter Haran
EVERYWHERE Susan Goodwin went she look her toothbrush and a small bottle of
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
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
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
"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,"
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
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