Case 125

The Angels of Wynarka & Belanglo

*** Content Warning: child victim, sexual assault ***

In mid-July 2015, a motorist was travelling down the Karoonda Highway in South Australia when he pulled over near the small town of Wynarka to urinate. As he made his way into the thick bushland framing the side of the road, he noticed an array of dirty, torn children’s clothing strewn under a patch of trees. In front was an abandoned suitcase. He crouched down to unzip the case and began rummaging through its contents. Inside, he found a small human jawbone.

When the remains are identified, police question whether the case could be linked to another unidentified body found in the Belanglo State Forest years prior. But if the Angels of Wynarka and Belanglo were connected, how did their remains end up over 1,000 kilometres apart? And who was responsible?



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Milat: Inside Australia’s Biggest Manhunt – Clive Small 2014, Allan & Unwin

Belanglo: The Next Chapter – Roget Maynard 2010, New Holland

The Lost Girls – Ava Benny Morrison 2019, Harper Collins



Human bones found at Belanglo forest – The Sydney Morning Herald

Human skull among new remains found in Belanglo, says trail biker – The Sydney Morning Herald

Cop search Belanglo State Forest after bones found, dumping ground for Ivan Milat’s victims – The Daily Telegraph

Belanglo bones don’t fit Milat profile: Clive Small – The Sydney Morning Herald

Police release woman’s face after human bones were found in Belanglo State Forest –

Who is she? Belanglo girl’s skull reconstructed – The Sydney Morning Herald

Bones of ‘murdered’ child found near highway in SA’s Murray Mallee, search states for clues – ABC News

SA remains in suitcase: Tutu found with child’s skeleton – The Age

Wynarka child murder: Police release digital image of quilt patches – The Advertiser

Body in suitcase sparks Maddie questions – The Sun

‘It’s not over’: Heartbroken family of Khandalyce and Karlie Pearce-Stevenson to hold a joint funeral for the murdered mother and daughter – The Daily Mail

Wynarka suitcase murder: Prison inmate a key suspect – The Daily Telegraph

Karlie Pearce-Stevenson and Khandalyce Pearce farewelled in funeral at Alice Springs – NT News

From Angel to Karlie Pearce-Stevenson: the DNA behind NSW’s baffling crime – Sydney Morning Herald

Gruesome details revealed into how mother and daughter died at the hands of Daniel Holdom – Sydney Morning Herald

Family of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson reveal ‘hate’ for killer Daniel Holdom – 9 News

Daniel Holdom’s phone detected in Belanglo forest near mother’s remains, police allege – The Guardian

Karlie Pearce-Stevenson’s daughter’s birth certificate found at house allegedly linked to accused killer Daniel James Holdom – Sydney Morning Herald

Karlie-Khandalyce case: Accused killer Daniel Holdom found in possession of murdered mum’s bank card – The Advertiser

Police question former partner of Karlie Pearce-Stevenson’s accused killer, Hazel Passmore – The Advertiser

Daniel Holdom told how he crushed windpipe of young mum, court told – The Daily Telegraph

Daniel Holdom: Car crash civil case against double-murder accused settled – ABC News



Media Releases, Photographs, and Press Conferences of Task Force Mallee – South Australia Police



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