Case 290

The Crawford Family

*** Content warnings: Child victims ***

When a Holden belonging to Glenroy man Elmer Crawford was found at the bottom of the Loch Ard Gorge in July 1970, immediate concerns were raised for the safety of Elmer, his wife Theresa and their three children, Kathryn, James and Karen. But when rescue workers gained access to the vehicle, the true extent of the mystery really unfolded.



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Almost Perfect – Greg Fogarty



Sensing Murder: Almost Perfect



The Wreck of the Lochard The Age, 7 June, 1878

Twisted tale of elusive family annihilator Elmer Crawford – Herald Sun, 3 December 2022

Chilling twist that could reveal hiding place of suspect in ‘darkest’ cold case – Yahoo News, 31 October 2017

Police hunt ‘evil’ dad, Elmer Crawford – Herald Sun, 11 February 2008

DNA from Texas body rules out fugitive killer Elmer Crawford – Brisbane Times, 27 August 2010

Where is Elmer Crawford? – The Age

Police still hope to close case on 1970 murder of mother and children – The Age



Elmer Crawford found dead? – The Age

Mystery body not Crawford – The Age



Record of Inquest – Public Records Office Victoria 

Therese, Kathryn, James and Karen Crawford – $100,000 reward, Victoria Police, 2 February 2008

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