Case 125

The Angels of Wynarka & Belanglo

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Case 125

The Angels of Wynarka & Belanglo

The Karoonda Highway is a 172 kilometre long roadway that connects the South Australian riverside township of Murray Bridge with Loxton further north, on the cusp of the state’s border with Victoria. Largely desolate, the highway cuts through expansive agricultural landscapes with several remote houses and small towns dotted along the way, including Wynarka.

By mid-March 2015, roadworks along a stretch of the Karoonda Highway two kilometres east of Wynarka were completed. Shortly afterwards, a large, grey suitcase was sighted on the roadside. It appeared as though it had fallen off a passing truck. Sun-bleached, stained, and dirty from having been exposed to the elements for an extended period of time, the Lanza-brand suitcase caught the attention of multiple highway travellers, with one stopping to investigate. Upon partially emptying the bag behind a bush and realising it contained soiled children’s clothing infested with insects, they disregarded the find and dragged the bag back to the roadside.

On Tuesday July 14 2015, a motorist travelling down the highway pulled over to relieve himself. As he made his way into the thick bushland framing the side of the road, he noticed an array of dirty and torn children’s clothing strewn under a patch of trees. In front was the abandoned suitcase. He crouched down to unzip the case and rummaged through its contents for himself, noticing a small human jawbone.

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Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line: 1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

MTC program: maketheconnection.net/resources/spread-the-word

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call/

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Alyssa Fletcher, Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

Additional edits by Erin Munro 

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

R v Holdom [2018]

 

BOOKS:

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

 

ARTICLES:

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 – News.com.au

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

 

ONLINE ARCHIVES:

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

 

VIDEOS:

 

 

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The Karoonda Highway is a 172 kilometre long roadway that connects the South Australian riverside township of Murray Bridge with Loxton further north, on the cusp of the state’s border with Victoria. Largely desolate, the highway cuts through expansive agricultural landscapes with several remote houses and small towns dotted along the way, including Wynarka.

By mid-March 2015, roadworks along a stretch of the Karoonda Highway two kilometres east of Wynarka were completed. Shortly afterwards, a large, grey suitcase was sighted on the roadside. It appeared as though it had fallen off a passing truck. Sun-bleached, stained, and dirty from having been exposed to the elements for an extended period of time, the Lanza-brand suitcase caught the attention of multiple highway travellers, with one stopping to investigate. Upon partially emptying the bag behind a bush and realising it contained soiled children’s clothing infested with insects, they disregarded the find and dragged the bag back to the roadside.

On Tuesday July 14 2015, a motorist travelling down the highway pulled over to relieve himself. As he made his way into the thick bushland framing the side of the road, he noticed an array of dirty and torn children’s clothing strewn under a patch of trees. In front was the abandoned suitcase. He crouched down to unzip the case and rummaged through its contents for himself, noticing a small human jawbone.

______

Our episodes deal with serious and often distressing incidents. If you feel at anytime you need support, please contact your local crisis centre. Some suggestions for confidential support for men, women and children:

 

AUSTRALIA:

Lifeline Crisis Support: 13 11 14

Beyond Blue: Depression and anxiety support: 1300 22 46 36

Rape & Domestic Violence Services: 1800 737 732

Men's Line:  1300 78 99 78

Headspace: Youth Mental Health Foundation: see headspace.org.au for your local centre

 

USA:

Distress &  Lifeline: 1800 273 8255

Crisis Text Line: text HOME to 741 741

Domestic Violence Helpline: 1800 799 7233

Victim Connect: support for victims of crime: 855 484 2846

 

UK:

Mind: mental health support: 0300 123 3393

SANE: mental health support: 0300 304 7000

Samaritans support network: 116 123

National Stalking Helpline: 0808 802 0300

 

CANADA:

For a list of Canadian crisis centres: https://thelifelinecanada.ca/help/call

 

NEW ZEALAND:

Lifeline: 0800 543354

Depression Helpline: 0800 111 757 (Text 4202)

CREDITS

 

Casefile Presents

 

NARRATION:

Episode narrated by the Anonymous Host

 

EPISODE:

Episode researched and written by Alyssa Fletcher, Elsha McGill and Milly Raso

Additional edits by Erin Munro 

Creative director: Milly Raso

 

MUSIC:

‘Flatline intro’ and ‘Come play with me’ intro and outro www.dl-sounds.com

All other music and audio clean up performed by Mike Migas and Andrew Joslyn

 

OTHER:

Logo design by Paulina Szymanska

 

 

RESOURCES

 

COURT DOCUMENTS:

R v Holdom [2018]

 

BOOKS:

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

 

ARTICLES:

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 – News.com.au

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

 

ONLINE ARCHIVES:

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

 

VIDEOS:

 

 

THIS EPISODE’S SPONSORS

 

In the Shadow of the Moon – New psychological thriller directed by Jim Mickle. Watch on Netflix, 27 September

Calm – Get 25% off Calm Premium subscription

SimpliSafe – Get free shipping and a money-back guarantee

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