REAL LIFE

Police are offering a $1 million reward for information that can help crack this cold case

The families are desperate for closure.

It’s been 49 years since teen lovers Maureen Braddy, 16, and Allan Whyte, 17, were last seen alive on the steps of the Bendigo YMCA.

 

Many theories have been put forth as to how and why the couple vanished, and police are asking anyone with any information to come forward and claim a hefty $1 million reward.

 

In 2013 there was an inquest into the couple’s disappearance which revealed that Maureen had come home upset about something earlier on the day of her disappearance.

 

Maureen’s sister Debra McDonald says the teenagers’ disappearance was because Maureen had fallen pregnant, and she told the Herald Sun she suspected murder, saying their bodies could have been ditched in a mineshaft.

 

Maureen’s other sister Lyn Ireland was only 8 at the time of her sister’s disappearance, but recalls seeing two men carrying a bloodied body.

 

Police say that Allan left his new car behind on the night, and neither of the couple’s bank accounts had been accessed since 1968.

 

Their father, meanwhile, insists that Maureen isn’t dead.

 

Allan’s brother Kevin Whyte says it took a long time for them to even consider Allan was missing. Having believed him to be simply busy working.

 

Kevin says the tragedy still haunts him, particularly Allan had chosen to go to the YMCA with Maureen that night instead of attending a party at Kevin’s house.

 

‘I’d look at his photo every night nearly. It’s stuck in your mind, you can’t get rid of it,’ he said.

 

Detective Inspector of the Missing Persons Squad, Stephen Dennis, is appealing for any information – even trivial.

 

‘People may have seen them or heard talk about where they were going,’ he said.

 

Any information at all about this case should be given to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

 

 

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