9 Aug 2020

Missing Persons Week: Queensland

It's the last day of National Missing Persons Week in Australia, so I've been featuring a few cases from each state. As I didn't get to every state by the end of the week, I'm going to keep doing the state by state posts until I've covered everyone. So without further ado, today: Queensland.

Chad Sutton

Missing Since: November 23, 1992
Missing From: Inala, Queensland
Year of Birth: 1976
Age when last seen: 16
Age Now: 44
Sex: Male 
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown







Melony Sutton



Missing Since: November 23, 1992
Missing From: Inala, Queensland
Year of Birth: 1978
Age when last seen: 14
Age Now: 42
Sex: Female 
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Brown




Siblings Chad and Melody Sutton were last seen at 7 Jabiru Street, Inala at 8:35am on Monday, November 23, 1992 when they left their mother's house, telling her they were heading to Inala State High School. However, they never arrived at school and were never seen again. It is believed that Chad and Melony may have planned to hitchhike to Perth, WA, where their father lived; Chad had attempted the cross country trip before, making it as far as Toowoomba. It is possible that the teenagers were victims of Ivan Milat; they likely would have passed through south western Sydney and have traveled along the Hume Highway if they were using major roads to hitchhike south and west across the country to Perth. However, a friend of the siblings has said they may have taken their own lives in response to severe persistent bullying; other school friends have raised the possibility that the bullies themselves were responsible for Chad and Melony's disappearance.  

Jayden Penno-Tompsett


Missing Since: December 31, 2017
Missing From: Charters Towers, Queensland
Year of Birth: 1995
Age when last seen: 22
Age Now: 25
Sex: Male 
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel










Jayden Penno-Thompson was last seen at a roadhouse on the Flinders Highway near Charters Towers early on the morning of New Years Eve, December 31 2017. Jayden was on a road trip from Newcastle to Cairns with several mates, when he got into an argument with the friend he was travelling with, got out of the car and walked off with only the clothes he was wearing, leaving behind his mobile phone and other possessions. 

The friend who drove off said he returned later that day to look for Jayden, but he was gone. CCTV footage showed Jayden at the Puma Roadhouse at Charters Towers that morning. Jayden's friend later said the argument and Jayden's disappearance occurred 20km north of the roadhouse, near the isolated Stockroute Road. Jayden's mother, Rachel, stated that in the aftermath of her son's disappearance she found information that Jayden may have been involved in the drug trade in Newcastle. She has called for a coronial inquest into his disappearance. 


Tanya Buckland




Missing since: August 11, 2013
Missing From: Warwick, Queensland
Year of Birth: 1976
Age when last seen: 37
Age Now: 44
Sex: Female
Hair Color: Brown
Eye Color: Hazel







Tanya Buckland was last seen on Palmerin Street, Warwick on Sunday August 11, 2013, at the house she shared with her 14 year old daughter. There has been no activity on her bank account since. Two months after her disappearance, police and Tanya's family received notes from Tanya saying that she was safe, but would not reveal her whereabouts; the local newspaper also received two self portraits from Tanya and a note saying "sorry for the inconvenience". Postmarks on the letters indicated they had been mailed in the Hunter region of NSW. Police believe the notes were genuine, as they contained family details only Tanya would know, however she has not been heard from since. In January 2017, items belonging to Tanya Buckland were found in the home of Vincent O'Dempsey, who in May that year was convicted of the murders of Barbara McCulkin and her daughters Vicky and Leanne in 1974. The bodies of Ms McCulkin and her daughters have never been found.   



Sources

Australian Missing Persons Register http://www.australianmissingpersonsregister.com/

Australian Federal Police Missing Persons https://missingpersons.gov.au/ 

If you have any information on this or any other unsolved case, please contact Crimestoppers

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