After nearly four decades, a significant development has occurred in the case of Debra Campbell, an RAAF member who went missing from her home in Victoria’s inner south in 1984. The 21-year-old was reported missing by her mother, Jean, when she failed to report to duty following a disagreement with her fiancé.
On Wednesday, police disclosed that a 65-year-old man from Cardiff South has been charged with Ms. Campbell’s murder. Arrested near Newcastle in a coordinated operation between NSW and Victorian officers, he appeared in Belmont Local Court and is due to reappear on Friday for an extradition application to Victoria. This arrest comes after a renewed appeal for information this April and a subsequent search warrant executed on the suspect’s residence.
This development offers hope to Ms. Campbell’s family, who have awaited answers for decades. A 1998 inquest had concluded Campbell was likely deceased, though circumstances surrounding her death remained undetermined.