|Last seen:||Inala November 1992|
|Year of Birth:||1976|
|Last seen:||Inala November 1992|
|Year of Birth:||1978|
Circumstances: Sister and brother Melony Merrille SUTTON aged 14 years and Chad Everett SUTTON, aged 16 years, were last seen at 8.35am on 23 November 1992 at 7 Jabiru St Inala by their mother Maree when they left home to walk to school. It was later learnt they intended to hitchhike to Perth. However they didn't have any money or clothing with them. They have not been sighted again.
Police are calling on members of the public to help find missing Inala siblings Chad and Melony Sutton.
As part of National Missing Persons Week, police have reignited their drive to find the pair, who went missing in 1992 from 7 Jabiru St, Inala.
Police said their mother Maree, last saw her children Melony, 14, and Chad, 16, when they left home to walk to Inala State High school. It was later learnt they intended to hitchhike to Perth and have not been sighted again.
Queensland Police Missing Persons Unit Acting Senior Sergeant Lisa Massingham described the case as “unusual”.
She said every year 35,000 people were reported missing in Australia. While 95 per cent of people are found within a short time there were about 1600 long-term missing persons, or those missing for more than six months.
She said there was a possibility the Sutton children could be dead.
Missing Persons Week runs until Saturday.
Sen-Sgt Massingham said this year’s theme “follow your instincts” aimed to dispel views and misconceptions within the community about missing persons, such as the idea there was a “right” time to conduct a search and that people “chose” to go missing.
Meanwhile, the Salvation Army is calling on those who have lost contact with the people closest to them to connect with its Family Tracing Service.
“Some people have a strong belief that the missing party might want to cease contact with them but that is not always the case,” special search team leader of the tracing service Maria Merle said.
Anyone with information can phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
ALMOST 25 years after Brisbane siblings Chad and Melony Sutton disappeared on their way to school, a former student has revealed that she believes the pair were murdered by someone they knew.
Chad, 16, and Melony, 14, vanished on November 23, 1992, after they had dropped their younger brother George off at school.
Police have long suspected the siblings were murdered and have confirmed the teenagers wanted to hitchhike back to Western Australia to be with their dad.
But now, former Inala High School student Clare Snow has revealed Chad and Melony were driven to breaking point after months of bashings at the hands of three violent bullies.
The beatings even occurred outside the Suttons’ house on Jabiru St, in full view of others.
The attacks grew worse when Chad retaliated, and Ms Snow said the pair disappeared days after Chad lashed out at one of his tormentors with a baseball bat.
“(The bullies) would bash them whenever they felt like it. They would go to their house tormenting the family,” Ms Snow said.
“It was always the Sutton kids against (the bullies’) families.”
“The main (story) was (the Suttons) were taken to the bush that used to be at the back of Inala before the bush was knocked down to build houses.”
Ground searches across Brisbane were conducted in the months following Chad and Melony’s disappearance, but no trace of them has ever been found.
One of Melony’s classmates, Ros Jorda, recalled the children as being “different”.
She said she wasn’t surprised to hear that they had been the target of bullies.
When asked if she believed three high school bullies were capable of murder, Ms Snow told The Sunday Mail: “Oh yeah, for sure. They were very nasty people.”
She said one of the bullies once hit her over the head with a plank of wood.
She also claimed the boy’s mother had previously threatened the life of another student.
“My thoughts are that either it was (the bullies) or their families. If it wasn’t them, I wouldn’t know who it would have been,” Ms Snow said.
Ms Snow’s information is being assessed by Queensland Police Service’s Missing Persons Unit and Homicide Unit.