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Cheryl Gene Grimmer (1966 – disappeared 12 January 1970; declared legally dead in 2011) was a three-year-old toddler who was kidnapped on 12 January 1970 from Fairy Meadow Beach in Wollongong, Illawarra, New South Wales, Australia. She had been in the shower block at the beach when witnesses claim a man took her and ran off. It is believed that she was strangled to death around an hour after her abduction, in the nearby suburb of Balgownie.
Cheryl’s disappearance had been without explanation for over 45 years, until a suspect was arrested and charged in March 2017. He pled not guilty. His trial was expected to take place at the Supreme Court of New South Wales in May 2019, however, a ruling by the judge in the case declared some evidence inadmissible and the charges against the suspect were subsequently dropped in February 2019.
Cheryl Grimmer Age
She is 3 years old.
Cheryl’s disappearance sparked a massive manhunt. A day after investigations began, the New South Wales Police announced that they had four theories as to Cheryl’s whereabouts: that she was hiding and had fallen asleep, that she had wandered into the ocean and was carried away by currents, that she had fallen into a waterway, or that she had been kidnapped. After a day of searching, all but the latter were dismissed and they began pursuing other leads, such as a blue Volkswagen Type 2 van which had been spotted near the scene of the crime. On the third day, police received a note demanding $10,000 and stating that the child was unharmed. They staged a drop for the money in Bulli, but the kidnapper never showed despite police earnestly believing the note to be credible. They disguised themselves as council workers for the ransom drop and originally feared that this led to the kidnapper being spooked and that the large police operation may have deterred them from coming forward. However, the writer never contacted the police again and it was assumed the note was a practical joke. The case became famous in Australia and the family relocated back to England for ten years afterward to escape the notoriety.
Although the police had three main suspects, none could be positively identified as the man witnesses saw. Just under 18 months after Cheryl’s disappearance, in 1971, a local teenager, then 15 or 16, confessed to abducting and killing her. The man gave an overview of what occurred that day, describing a tubular steel gate, a cattle guard, a track, and a small creek near the scene of the murder. He brought police to a corner of Brokers and Balgownie roads and claimed the body was buried there, but noted that the area had undergone residential development and he thus couldn’t be sure. Police interviewed the owner of the property, who contradicted the suspect’s description and stated that there was no cattle guard in place at the time of the murder and that there had never been a tubular gate of any kind. Such inconsistencies eventually led to police concluding that his confession was false, with a police report at the time, written by Detective Sergeant Phillip Findlay, stating:
The arrest of the suspect and court proceedings
On 23 March 2017, it was announced that a man had been arrested in the Melbourne suburb of Frankston at 1 pm the previous day and was being extradited from Victoria; he was charged with Cheryl’s abduction and murder at Wollongong Police Station and was incarcerated at the Silverwater Correctional Complex. Police stated that it is unlikely that Cheryl’s body will ever be found as there has been substantial development of the once-rural area in the 47 years since the abduction.
In April 2017, New South Wales police announced that they were trying to trace a family who gave a witness statement on the day of the abduction. Soon after Cheryl’s disappearance, the family moved to Papua New Guinea and then back to their native Nottinghamshire in England. Interpol assisted in tracing efforts, eventually finding them; their testimonies were expected to be crucial in the court case.
In May 2017, it was revealed that the suspect who was arrested in March was the same person that had confessed to Cheryl’s abduction and murder in 1971 and had been dismissed due to inconsistencies. The accused is a 63-year-old man who was born in Britain and has been in Australia since the late 1960s. He has not been named, as he was around 15 years old at the time of the alleged offence and therefore a minor. Further details of the crime have continued to emerge as the court case proceeds. In his original 1971 statement, the man—who allegedly told doctors in 1970 that he had “urges to kill himself and kill other people”—said that, after the abduction, he had hidden with the toddler in a nearby drain for about 35 minutes, gagging her with a handkerchief and tying her hands behind her back with a shoelace. After emerging from the drain, he took her three kilometres by foot to the suburb of Balgownie, where, according to prosecutor Emilija Beljic, he intended to have sexual intercourse with her. The accused denied the latter claim, calling it “bullshit”. In the man’s original confession he told police that after he took the gag off of her and she started to scream, he put his hands around her neck and told her to “shut up”, eventually strangling her to death. He apparently panicked, took off her clothes, and placed “bushes and dirt” over the body before heading back to Fairy Meadow Beach.
The confession also included information which, the prosecution claims, the man could not know without being present at the beach when the abduction occurred. Such details include a description of the royal blue bathing suit she was wearing and of the white towel she was carrying, as well as mention of the fact that somebody had picked up Cheryl so that she could drink from a water fountain, which her brother Ricki confirms he did.
The defence will argue that the accused was significantly mentally unwell at the time of the confession and it is thus inadmissible in court. They claim that he also made another confession, to the murder of a prison guard, which was determined to be false.
The defendant appeared via video link at the Supreme Court of New South Wales on 7 September 2018 and spoke only to confirm his name and enter a not guilty plea. His trial was due to occur in the same court in May 2019 however, the judge at the Supreme Court of New South Wales, declared some of the evidence inadmissible in the case and so the charge against the suspect were dropped in February 2019.