George TEMPLETON aka TEAZIS

No leads on missing man
17:48 AEST Sat May 14 2005
AAP
Victoria Police have no new leads on a man who disappeared from his home in Melbourne's north more than a week ago.

George Templeton, 38, left the house he shares with his fiancee, Robyn Lindholm, 32, and his son Ross, 16, in Tambo Avenue, Reservoir, sometime between midnight and 1.30am (AEST) on Tuesday, May 3.

Ms Lindholm, who was visiting a friend when Mr Templeton left the house, received a text message from him about 2.40am, but has since been unable to contact her partner of more than six years.

The early morning text message suggested he had a problem and might need to be picked up but did not say where he was.

It is still the only clue Victorian detectives have on his whereabouts.

An appeal for public assistance has netted no new information.

Ms Lindholm on Friday said his disappearance was out of character.

Police believe Mr Templeton was driving a 1999 silver Holden Rodeo utility with a silver tray, registration PKS 803.

The words "carpet layer" were sign-written on the tray.

Text message led to fears
Kylie Hansen
14may05

POLICE hold fears for a Reservoir man who has vanished in the middle of the night.

George Templeton, 38, left the home he shared with his fiancee and son, 16, just after midnight on May 3.
An hour or so later he sent a text message to his fiancee, suggesting he had a problem.

That was the last time she or anyone else heard from him.

"I am very worried as he would not leave his son and business as a carpet layer," said fiancee Robyn Lindholm, 32.

"In 6 1/2 years he has never gone out and not contacted me by morning," Ms Lindholm said. "Please contact us so we know you're OK."

She said she was also anxious as Mr Templeton has mild epilepsy and did not take his medication with him.

Ms Lindholm said on the night he disappeared, the couple, who were planning to marry next year, had shared dinner with one of her girlfriends.

She and her friend later went out, leaving Mr Templeton.

"He did not indicate to me that he had anywhere he had to go," she said.

On the night he disappeared she got a text message from him saying he might need to be picked up later.

When she tried his phone again it had been switched off.

Sen-Det Andrew Price, of Preston CIB, said police were looking at all possibilities. "He did indicate in the text he had a problem of some kind," Sen-Det Price said.

Police believe that when he left home, Mr Templeton was driving a 1999 model silver Holden Rodeo utility, registration PKS-803.

It had the words "carpet layer" written on the side of the tray.

Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Missing dad linked to drugs, guns
Date: May 22 2005

By John Elder, Mark Russell

A man who has been missing under mysterious circumstances for more than two weeks is accused drug dealer, heavy and "plastic gangster" George Templeton, a person linked to one of Victoria's most baffling unsolved murders, The Sunday Age can reveal.

Police regard the disappearance of Templeton, 38 - also known as George Teazis - as "suspicious".

The father of a 16-year-old boy, Templeton - jailed three years ago on drug and weapons charges - went missing from his Reservoir home on May 3.

Last week, his fiancee, Robyn Lindholm, a long-time stripper who works under the name of Colette, made a tearful plea for word on his whereabouts.

No mention was made of Templeton's heavy connections.

Lindholm said Templeton left home between midnight and 1.30am while she was out with a girlfriend.

Ms Lindholm received a text message from Templeton about 2.40am, but has since heard nothing from her partner of more than six years.

The text message suggested he had a problem and might need to be picked up, but did not say where he was.

It is the only clue police have to his whereabouts.

Ms Lindholm refused to comment when contacted by The Sunday Age. "I'm not up to talking about it any more, sorry, I've had enough of it," she said. "There's just nothing more I can say."

Police believe Templeton was driving a 1999 silver Holden Rodeo utility with a silver tray, registration PKS 803, when he disappeared. The words "Carpet layer" were written on the side of the tray.

Templeton was jailed for five months in February 2003 after pleading guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates Court to possessing amphetamines, possessing a sawn-off shotgun and ammunition without a licence, manufacturing unauthorised explosives, cultivating cannabis, and two counts of breaching an intervention order. Charges of trafficking amphetamines and possessing prohibited fireworks were later withdrawn by police.

Templeton, when he was known as Teazis, was named at the 2001 inquest into the murder of exotic dancer Shari Davison, who disappeared 10 years ago. Her body has never been found. Coincidentally, Davison worked for strippers agency Simply Irresistible in Kew, run by Kristine Mitchell - who filed the missing person's report on Davison, and has Robyn Lindholm under exclusive contract.

The Coroner's Court was told that Teazis was a leader of a gang of Greeks in Richmond that included the prime suspect in the murder, Nick Kitsoukilias (who also vanished around the time of the inquest).

Witness Heidi Zankovic, in her police statement tendered to the inquest, said she thought the gang was "really weird".

"They were like plastic gangsters," Ms Zankovic said.

She said that, three weeks before Davison went missing, a friend, Bill Manolis, took her to a carpet warehouse in Collingwood owned by Teazis.

Ms Zankovic said Teazis was waiting inside and told her to sit down for a talk related to drugs before he "brought out a heavy-looking gun and held it to my head".

She said Teazis ordered her to either move back to her father's place or return to Bendigo. "I believe the gun was real and it terrified me. I certainly don't know if it was related (to Davison's murder) but shows that the gang could get their hands on weaponry if they wanted."

Manolis, in his police statement, said George Teazis and another man once approached him to sell amphetamines for them but he refused.


Story Picture: Robyn Lindholm

THANKS TO THE AGE for this story!

**Please see main website under Victoria for Shari Davison's case file**

Worst feared for missing man
July 3, 2005 - The Sunday Age Family members and old associates of a Reservoir man who disappeared two months ago now feel sure he is dead. John Elder and Mark Russell report.

Robyn Lindholm, girlfriend of missing standover man George Teazis, had a taste for heavy characters.

Lindholm was once a girlfriend of Alphonse Gangitano, the late self-styled godfather of Lygon Street, who, in 1998, was found shot dead and wearing only underpants, reportedly a victim of the gangland wars.

Now the family of Teazis - who claim he was a changed man, dedicated to straight living - believe he is almost certainly dead. Teazis disappeared two months ago.

A family member, who does not want to be named, says: "If he is dead, which I must say we are starting to think that way, we want to find him to put him at rest. That's the last thing we could probably do for him.

"Regardless of what he's done, he's a human being."

Teazis' family say Lindholm had been seeing Gangitano up until the time he was killed.

The family claims Lindholm had moved out of the Reservoir home she had shared with Teazis for some years.

It is believed that Teazis' 17-year-old son Ross turned up at the house a fortnight ago to find a truck outside - and that Lindholm said she was clearing out "because of the pressure".

Lindholm insists "that isn't the case". She says she has been speaking with police every week, but there are no new leads.

The Teazis family also claims that George called his brother two weeks before he disappeared. They say he was in tears, declaring that he planned to start a new life. Teazis had been estranged from his two brothers for many years but had recently reconciled with them.

"George has had a lot of problems in the past but in the last year-and-a-half he had been getting his act together," the family member says.

"From what we saw, he was being a father . . . he had him (his son) working with him, teaching him the carpet trade . . . As far as we knew, he was trying to do the right thing by himself, by his son, by his partner, by the family.

"We saw nothing in his behaviour to say different."

A father of three, Teazis, 38, went missing on May 3 from the Reservoir home he had been sharing with Lindholm and his son. He has not been seen since.

Teazis, who has a criminal background, was jailed in 2003 for drug and weapons offences.

Until recently, Lindholm, a long-time "exotic" dancer working under the name of Collette, was featured on the website of stripper agency Simply Irresistible - the agency that stripper Shari Davison had been signed to at the time of her disappearance in 1995.

Simply Irresistible was owned at that time by a reported associate of Gangitano.

Old associates of Teazis (more recently known as Templeton) agree with family members that his dark past probably caught up with him.

"What do you expect? He was a standover man," a retired gang member says told The Sunday Age.

"He used to rip off drug dealers.

"That sort of sh** comes back at you sooner or later."

Police fear worst for missing father
By Jesse Hogan

- theage.com.au
August 4, 2005 - 11:46AM

Police believe a father-of-five from Reservoir who has been missing for three months may have been murdered.

George Templeton, 38, was last seen on the evening of May 2 at his Tambo Ave home by his fiancee and a friend, who

left the house briefly during the evening. When they returned Mr Templeton had disappeared.

Since then, Mr Templeton's family and friends have had no contact with him. His mobile phone and bank account have not been used.

The disappearance is described as completely out of character.

Mr Templeton's fiancee said they were both looking forward to a holiday in Queensland on May 4 that had already paid for.

Detectives have now turned their attention to an unidentified man seen in Tambo Ave on the night of Mr Templeton's disappearance.

The man is described as about 180 centimetres tall, with a stocky build, closely cropped hair and a goatee beard.



Anybody with information about the unknown's man's identity, or about Mr Templeton's disappearance, should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
 


Police fear worst for missing father
By Jesse Hogan - theage.com.au
August 4, 2005 - 11:46AM

Police believe a father-of-five from Reservoir who has been missing for three months may have been murdered.

George Templeton, 38, was last seen on the evening of May 2 at his Tambo Ave home by his fiancee and a friend, who

left the house briefly during the evening. When they returned Mr Templeton had disappeared.

Since then, Mr Templeton's family and friends have had no contact with him. His mobile phone and bank account have not been used.

The disappearance is described as completely out of character.

Mr Templeton's fiancee said they were both looking forward to a holiday in Queensland on May 4 that had already paid for.

Detectives have now turned their attention to an unidentified man seen in Tambo Ave on the night of Mr Templeton's disappearance.

The man is described as about 180 centimetres tall, with a stocky build, closely cropped hair and a goatee beard. (see police sketch, left)

Anybody with information about the unknown's man's identity, or about Mr Templeton's disappearance, should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.



Missing man: police probe fitness trainer
By John Elder, Mark Russell - The Age
August 28, 2005

A PERSONAL trainer linked to the stripper girlfriend of missing standover man George Teazis is being investigated as a person of interest by homicide squad detectives.

The trainer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is alleged to have threatened to kill Teazis, who has been missing since May 2, and feared to have been murdered.

The Sunday Age has been told Teazis' fiancee, Robyn Lindholm, had allegedly complained to the trainer that her relationship with Teazis had become violent notably, that Teazis was prone to tying her up and putting a gun to her head. According to industry insiders, Ms Lindholm had an affair with the trainer, a relationship that is apparently enjoying renewal.

The trainer is said to have told a number of people he would kill Teazis for allegedly abusing Ms Lindholm. He is also said to have paid off a $1200 debt Ms Lindholm owed to a local biker gang.

The trainer told The Sunday Age some weeks ago "I know what kind of man (Teazis) is" but refused to comment further.

On Friday, when asked if he had resumed a relationship with Ms Lindholm, the trainer said, "You'd have to ask Robyn this has nothing to do with me."

Ms Lindholm, the former girlfriend of murdered gangster Alphonse Gangitano, has moved out of the Reservoir home she shared with Teazis and his son. She has not been in contact with Teazis' family since June.

When contacted by The Sunday Age, Ms Lindholm denied she was now living with the trainer, saying she was staying with her mother. She complained that a series of Sunday Age reports about the Teazis disappearance were "three-quarters wrong".

While Ms Lindholm initially made a tearful plea for information regarding Teazis' disappearance, she has consistently refused to answer questions put to her by The Sunday Age during the past eight weeks.

The long-time stripper has told police Teazis left home between midnight and 1.30am while she was out. She said she received a text message from him about 2.40am, but had since heard nothing from her partner of more than six years.

The text message suggested he had a problem and might need to be picked up, but did not say where he was. It was the only clue police had to his whereabouts.

Police believe Teazis, also known as Templeton, was driving a 1999 silver Holden Rodeo ute with a silver tray, registration PKS 803, when he disappeared. The words "Carpet layer" were written on the side of the tray.

On August 4, police released an identikit photograph of a man seen near Teazis' home on the night he disappeared, asking for anyone who recognised the man to come forward.

A police spokesman said inquiries were continuing.

Teazis' family had been due to discuss the case with detectives this month but the meeting was cancelled when the family was told there had been no new developments. But the family claims a police insider told them that Teazis' car had been found in Collingwood.

The Sunday Age has revealed in earlier reports that Teazis was jailed in 2003 for drug and weapons offences and was linked to the case of missing exotic dancer Shari Davison.

Teazis, a former senior member of a Richmond-based gang involved in amphetamines and weapons trading, was named at the inquest into the 1995 disappearance and murder of Davison as having at one time put a gun to a woman's head during a discussion about drugs.

Davison had been renting a house with another gang member, Nick Kitsoukilias, at the time of her disappearance.

Until recently, Robyn Lindholm was featured on the website of stripper agency Simply Irresistible the same agency that Davison had been signed to at the time of her disappearance.

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