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Police use latest technology in search for killer

THE sister of murder victim Annette Mason is hoping new forensic techniques could identify the person who murdered her sibling.

Police will use the latest technology to test items from the investigation in the hope of finding the killer.

Linda Mason is hopeful the new technology will yield results.

Police are bringing out technology every year to help crack cold cases.

The nature of the new techniques and what items are being tested have not been released publicly.

Annette Mason's badly beaten body was found partly naked and concealed underneath a doona in the sun room of a house she shared with two other women at 131 Anzac Ave.

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The 15-year-old was murdered on November 19, 1989 and the case is still unsolved.

Queensland Attorney-General Yvette D'Ath is still considering whether to order an inquest into the murder, which Ms Mason admitted was frustrating.

She said unsolved murders had an effect on the victim's family and the wider community.

"The Toowoomba community has had it out there for 27 years," she said.

"For people to feel safe we have to make sure that something is done to those people."

Charlie Bezzina, a former detective senior sergeant said murder didn't go away.

"It's always going to be there and one day the knock will come to the door."

He said criminals should be living in fear.

"They may have spoken to someone about it and even if they think they got away with it, at the end of the day they can still be caught."

One of Ms Mason's supporters, Mary Hocking, said forensic technology had helped find the person who raped her sister.

"DNA speaks for itself and never lies," she said.

"It spoke for my sister and put away her rapist for seven years, even though she wasn't here to speak nor defend for herself.

"You're almost there and I'm in tears right now for you and your sister."


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