SA Police say progress is being made in the investigation of Port Lincoln Susan Goodwin’s disappearance with seven suspects now ruled out.
Police launched Task Force Lincoln in May this year to follow up fresh lines of inquiry into Ms Goodwin’s disappearance on July 19, 2002.
The task force is made up of dedicated investigators and intelligence experts assisted by Port Lincoln detectives and Crime Stoppers.
Officer in charge of SA Police Major Crime Investigation Branch, Detective Superintendent Des Bray, said progress has been made with seven people listed as “persons of interest” now eliminated from inquiry.
“We are now satisfied that these individuals were not involved, and that is a very significant outcome as it has allowed us to narrow the focus on this investigation,” he said.
Superintendent Bray said there had been a great response so far coming from the general public and from criminal elements.
“That includes 52 calls to Crime Stoppers, including some from people within prisons, the majority of which have been very useful,” he said.
Unfortunately both of Ms Goodwin’s parents have died in recent months with knowing their daughter’s fate.
Her father Don issued a public appeal to know her daughter’s whereabouts while undergoing treatment for cancer.
Sadly Mr Goodwin died in July and her mother Margaret died on September 1.
Superintendent Bray said the task force would continue to have a presence in Port Lincoln.
“The team has been deployed to Port Lincoln repeatedly and we will continue to have a strong presence,” he said.
Superintendent Bray said the investigation remained very active and anyone with information was urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at crimestopperssa.com.au.