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Karen Williams murder case: Aerial photos prompt new Coober Pedy body search

SA Police News, 20 September



Police now have aerial photographs of remote Coober Pedy in the South Australian outback, which have prompted them to plan another search for the body of a teenager who was last seen alive in 1990.
A 42-year-old man, arrested late last year at Mount Gambier in SA, faces a charge of murdering 16-year-old Karen Williams, but her body has not been found.
Detective Superintendent Des Bray from the Major Crime Investigation Branch said two witnesses had come forward with new information since a previous outback search was made.
Last year detectives used a ground-penetrating radar to check an area and then dug in several locations, but nothing significant was found.
Detective Superintendent Bray said local outback police and council workers, along with Major Crime detectives and a State Emergency Service mines and rescue team, would dig up two more areas in coming days to check several old mine shafts.
He said the aerial photos now given to police were taken about the time the teenager disappeared and had helped them redefine the search zone.
"We still believe the most likely place to find Karen is within a 150-metre radius of the junction of Maliotis [Boulevard] and Flat Hill Road at Coober Pedy, just on the outskirts of Coober Pedy," he said.
"Importantly, information that we now have is that from the burial site on the night the offenders could see the Opal Inn Hotel in a direct line of sight."
Detective Superintendent Bray said the latest search would start on Monday.
"We will be using a big grader to remove the topsoil to identify closed-in [mine] shafts," he said.
"How long it will take will depend on how many shafts we find that we have to excavate, but typically it would take a day to do a couple of shafts if we don't experience any difficulties."
Karen was last seen alive between 5:00-6:00am on Saturday August 4 in 1990 and her disappearance was declared a major crime in October 1990.


Woman charged over stabbing

SA police News, 20 Sptember
An 18-year-old woman was arrested following a serious assault at Coober Pedy overnight. Police were called to a Coober Pedy address at about 3am on Saturday 20 September and found a young man who had sustained stab wounds. He was taken by ambulance to the local hospital and flown to Adelaide today for medical treatment, however, his condition is not considered life-threatening.
An 18-year-old woman, who is known to the victim, was arrested at the scene and charged with aggravated assault cause harm. She was bailed to appear in the Coober Pedy Magistrates Court on 16 February.


Police investigate service station robbery at Coober Pedy

SA Police News 19 September
Coober Pedy police are seeking information from the public after two men robbed a service station at Coober Pedy overnight.
Just after midnight, two men armed with a machete and a mental fence post, threatened staff at the Shell Service Station on Hutchinson Street, demanding cash and cigarettes. The male suspects also threatened a customer demanding his wallet.
The suspects then fled on foot leaving with cash, cigarettes and a wallet from the customer.
The man armed with the machete is described as of aboriginal appearance, aged in his early to mid 20's, muscular build, and about 175cms tall. He was wearing a black head piece over his head, white jacket or shirt with blue stripes and track-pants.
The second man was armed with the fence post is described as of aboriginal appearance, about 18-years-old, slim build, 175cms tall, wearing a black shirt and track-pants.
Police are appealing to the local community for any information or the whereabouts of the stolen property. If you can help please call crime stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Indigenous art exhibition in Roxby

Roxby Downs Sun, By Jack McGuire


ABORIGINAL ARTISTS: Cherry Cuthbertson, Tanya Van Horen, Darlene Lennon and Coby Edgar show off the Painted Land art exhibition.

An exhibition of paintings by indigenous artists from Coober Pedy is being exhibited at the RoxbyLINK Art Gallery.
Co-curator of the exhibition Coby Edgar said this exhibition is the culmination of more than two years of hard work by indigenous artists in Coober Pedy.
"The people, the land and the stories of Coober Pedy are represented here," she said.
"Sometimes in traditional styles, sometimes contemporary and sometimes abstract, but the overriding feeling that comes from these paintings is a sense of place."
The paintings were all produced as part of a professional development program run by Ananguku Arts with over 50 artists attending regular workshops in Coober Pedy since 2012.
Coober Pedy artist Darlene Lennon ran a week-long workshop in July where most of the paintings were produced.
In Roxby Downs, Ms Lennon was joined by Tanya Van Horen and Cherry Cuthbertson under the watchful eye of mentor Ms Edgar to learn how to curate and hang an exhibition.
Local arts and development officer Ella McCarthy said Country Arts South Australia had provided a grant for curating and hanging the works.
"I really like the fact this is a full opportunity for professional development not just as a commercial activity," she said.
"It's about the business of being an artist.
"I think that the grant is a great way that Country Arts can support the arts community in providing more assistance, so they [the artists] can get back to business of creating."
The exhibition boasts magnificent water colours of the desert country by George Cooley and impressive abstracts by Lilly Ulah, who is still creating despite being in her nineties.
The Painted Land project manager Tony Collins said the Coober Pedy Art Project has held several successful exhibitions and art sales in the town and at the nearby Prominent Hill mining camp.
"There is a growing demand for this work and this exhibition is a great opportunity for people at Roxby Downs to see how artists are depicting the natural environment of an area not dissimilar to their own," he said.
"It's an exciting mix of tradition and experimentation with new forms that is producing some excellent paintings."
The Painted Land - Works by Aboriginal Artists from Coober Pedy is now on display at the RoxbyLINK Gallery.




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