A workmate, Kylie lived in Armadale, on the south-eastern edge of Perth.
Later that day, June 29, Kerry phoned to say they weren’t going out anymore so she’d be back that night.
A little later, she called again. ‘We’re going out after all. I’ll stay at Kylie’s and be back tomorrow,’ she said.
‘Okay; be careful. See you then,’ Sue said.
We had no idea it would be a fateful decision…
Sue and I were expecting Kerry back on Sunday evening as she had work the next day.
But that night, there was no sign of our girl.
As it got later, our concern grew. It was totally out of character.
With no way of contacting her, we went to bed, hoping she’d turn up soon.
But after a sleepless night, the next morning we went to the police.
‘It’s normal for young people to go missing. She’s probably with friends,’ an officer said.
‘Kerry isn’t like that,’ Sue insisted. ‘She always tells us where she is.’
Still, they didn’t do anything. We phoned Claire who was just as perplexed.
‘This isn’t like her,’ she agreed.
Sick with worry, we continued phoning the police, but it wasn’t until the Wednesday that they launched a search.
Kylie told officers that the two of them had hitchhiked into the city as they didn’t want to drink and drive.
They’d gone to a nightclub but had got separated inside.
I started my own search party with locals, looking high and low for my daughter. But she was nowhere to be found.
‘I just want her home,’ Sue cried.
‘I know, love,’ I said, comforting her. ‘She’s out there somewhere.’
Trying to stay positive, I refused to accept anything else was possible.
Then, four weeks after Kerry’s disappearance, police arrived at our door.
Our precious girl’s body had been found in bushland near Canning Dam.
Devastatingly, it was the same date that we’d lost our son, James, six years prior.
It was heartbreaking. I felt like everything in the world had been destroyed.
‘No,’ Sue sobbed.
We had to go and tell Claire, who was just as distraught. None of it felt real, I was empty. How could another child have been stolen from us?
Police pieced together Kerry’s last few hours from witnesses and CCTV.
On Sunday June 30, 1991, she had left Pinocchio’s night club in Perth after 4am, alone. She’d got in a taxi and headed towards Kylie’s, but soon realised she didn’t have enough cash for the fare. So she got out of the cab at Shepperton Road near Millar Street, East Victoria Park.
A witness in a takeaway shop saw a dark blue car, similar to a Datsun sedan, with spoked wheels, pull up behind Kerry.
The driver called out and Kerry turned around. Then she walked over to the car, where she spoke to the person.
She then climbed into the passenger side around 5am, and the vehicle drove off.
That’s the last time she was ever seen. The car has never been traced.
Over the years, police questioned people but no-one has ever been charged.
Knowing our girl’s killer has got away with it is unbearable.
We feel we’ve been robbed of so many happy times – all the Christmases, birthdays, weddings and holidays where Kerry should be there.
Sue and I have no doubt that if Kerry were here, we’d have grandkids by now, as she adored little ones.
Claire now lives in the UK, but we speak regularly and always have a special phone call on Kerry’s birthday.
It’s been 30 years since Kerry died and we think of her every single day.
I’m urging for anyone who knows something, however small, to come forward.
There is a $250,000 reward for information that leads to a conviction.
You might hold the vital clue we desperately need. ●
Can you help?
If you have any information about what happened to Kerry Turner on the morning of Sunday, June 30, 1991, phone Crime Stoppers anonymously on 1800 333 000.