Toowoomba teen murder cold case can be cracked

A never before released picture of murdered Toowoomba teen Annette Jane Mason. Miss Mason's badly beaten and partly naked body was found on November 19, 1989 concealed underneath a doona in the sunroom of a house she shared with two other women at 131 Anzac Ave. Photo Adam Davies / APN NewsDesk
A never before released picture of murdered Toowoomba teen Annette Jane Mason. Miss Mason's badly beaten and partly naked body was found on November 19, 1989 concealed underneath a doona in the sunroom of a house she shared with two other women at 131 Anzac Ave. Photo Adam Davies / APN NewsDesk Adam Davies

A WALK for justice will also be a walk of renewed hope that the brutal slaying of a Toowoomba teenager may be on the brink of being solved.

Annette Jane Mason's partly naked body was found concealed under the doona in the sunroom of an Anzac Av house she shared with two other women on November 19, 1989.

The 15-year-old had been brutally beaten, with severe head injuries thought to have been inflicted with a wooden board.

Twenty-six years later no one has answered for her murder.

Her sister Linda Mason has organised a walk for justice in Toowoomba tomorrow to mark the anniversary.

Linda Mason talks about her murdered sister Annette Jane Mason. Miss Mason's badly beaten and partly naked body was found on November 19, 1989 concealed underneath a doona in the sunroom of a house she shared with two other women at 131 Anzac Ave. It is believed Miss Mason, 15, was murdered sometime between 5am and 7am before her body was discovered around 2.10pm. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times
Linda Mason talks about her murdered sister Annette Jane Mason. Miss Mason's badly beaten and partly naked body was found on November 19, 1989 concealed underneath a doona in the sunroom of a house she shared with two other women at 131 Anzac Ave. It is believed Miss Mason, 15, was murdered sometime between 5am and 7am before her body was discovered around 2.10pm. Photo: David Nielsen / The Queensland Times David Nielsen

Those who take part in the walk will do so with renewed hope after it was revealed that new evidence had been uncovered that could hold the key to solving one of Toowoomba's most haunting murder mysteries.

John Brand was Queensland Police's chief forensics officer before he retired in 2009.

He has spent his years in retirement retesting evidence and hunting for clues in some of Queensland's most infamous unsolved murders, including Ms Mason's.

Mr Brand has revealed that he has new evidence that could solve the teen's murder.

He said a forensic breakthrough from the crime scene just before he retired and fresh tips made the case solvable.

Mr Brand, speaking to national media, has called for the case to be reopened, despite resistance from Queensland Attorney General Yvette D'ath to hold a coronial inquest into the murder.

"We have significant information and that information involves forensic evidence and we now have additional forensic evidence that I believe will assist in solving this terrible murder," he said.

John Brand
John Brand

Mr Brand said finding Ms Mason's killer should be made more of a priority.

"I personally think that it needs to be given to a dedicated team of detectives, people who have the ability and commitment to solve this," he said.

"There is significant evidence available, some of it in very recent times, that I think would greatly assist in bringing this terrible crime to a successful conclusion."

The Mason family has pleaded with authorities to reopen the case and find Ms Mason's killer while key police witnesses are still alive.


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