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Missing teen search for clues continues
Tasmania Police say public tip-offs have been flooding in since they began searching three Derwent
Valley properties for evidence surrounding a 20-year-old-cold case.
Police have excavated and searched a septic tank and its surrounds at a property at Karanja, looking for evidence
related to the suspected death of schoolgirl Eve Askew in 1991.
Police are holding a man in custody who owns two properties under investigation.
The schoolgirl disappeared from her family home at nearby Maydena.
Detective Inspector Colin Riley says police have made several discoveries which could become evidence in a suspected murder case.
An influx of calls from the public has led police to a new inquiry in the state's north.
Police warn they know of people who are concealing information and say they should come forward before police come to them.
Det. Insp. Colin Riley says tip-offs received late last year have led police back to neighbouring Karanja yards and
a Bushy Park property.
But he believes people living near the properties are too scared to speak out.
"I just ask members of this local community to show a bit of courage and actually ring the mobile phone number and
speak to investigators directly."
"From the people that have contacted us, we've actually received some excellent information which we've acted upon
which I'm confident has or will produce evidence.
Police have examined a septic tank in the search for missing teen Eve Askew
"We've got a fairly good picture in relation to what happened to Eve Askew at the time she disappeared
and we're following specific lines of enquiry."
The properties were last searched 11 years ago.
He would not say if they are searching for Miss Askew's remains.
"We are looking for evidence on these three properties that relate to Eve Askew."
"The actual duration we're going to be here is dependent upon the complexity and the difficulties we're going to
experience in the searches we're doing."
"We've got a range of mechanisms to help us including the Australian Federal Police, search dogs and an excavator.
"I envisage we'll be here for a minimum of three days, and possibly up to a week," he said.
A $100,000 reward stands for information which leads to a conviction.
Eve Askew breakthrough
A Bushy Park man in his late 50s is in police custody after police swooped on two of his properties at
Bushy Park and Karanja this morning after a breakthrough in the suspected murder case of 14-year-old school girl Eve Askew.
Detectives, uniformed police, and Federal officers with cadaver dogs have spent the day searching a
septic tank site with excavations expected to being tomorrow.
Three properties in total are now under police control and locals say it is time the killer is brought
to justice and the girl's body found and laid to rest.
Detectives from Eastern CIB have searched properties in Uxbridge Road at Bushy Park and on Gordon River Road at Karanja.
Items have been seized from the Bushy Park home and a home and workshop at Karanja.
"The searches are one part of an investigation plan and not the end state," Detective Inspector Colin Riley said this morning.
He said investigators were determined to find evidence to prosecute the "principle offender or offenders"
and "prosecute those persons who have assisted in the concealing of evidence that relates to the death".
Police will hold a media conference at the Bushy Park property this afternoon.
Eve Askew disappeared from her Fitzgerald home on November 16, 1991.
She was discovered missing from her bedroom in the morning when her parents went to wake her and has not
been seen or heard from since.
There is a reward of up to $100,000 for relevant information that results in the conviction of an offender
in relation to her disappearance.
Missing Person - Eve Askew
Detectives investigating the disappearance of missing schoolgirl Eve Askew are calling for assistance from
members of the public in an attempt to clarify the identification a person of interest.
The following police identikit picture depicts a possible person of interest who may have knowledge
about the disappearance of Eve Askew.
Detective Inspector Riley is also hopeful that state of the art forensic technology currently available
will assist in the investigation.
“The technology available to investigators has increased dramatically over the last twenty years; forensic
survey capabilities, ground penetrating radar and other such technology has proven to greatly enhance the
potential to successfully resolve long term investigations such as this one,” said Detective Inspector Riley.
Tasmania Police would like to thank the members of the public who made contact with investigators in relation
to the missing person investigation relating to the disappearance of Eve Askew.
Tasmania Police would also like to encourage any one else who believes that they may know something about the
disappearance of Eve Askew to contact them. Investigators believe that there are more people who know about
There is a reward of up to $100,000 for relevant information which results in the conviction of an offender
in relation to the disappearance and/or leads to the whereabouts of her location. There is a direct line
to investigators on 0418 589 544.
Missing Person - Eve Askew was last seen alive 20 years ago, on or about 16 November 1991, at her family
home in Fitzgerald. Eve was living with her parents and her three siblings. She was reported missing during
the afternoon of 17 November 1991.
Eve was born in New South Wales and moved to Tasmania with her family in January of 1989.
Eve was 14 years old when she went missing. Eve was a grade 8 student at Glenora District High School.
Eve’s family describe her as being a shy and reserved person who did not interact with people easily, she
would avoid meeting new people if she could.
At the time of Eve’s disappearance she was 157cm tall, of slim build, she had red hair and was of fair
complexion with freckles.
At the time of being reported missing her family indicated that she was wearing a distinctive tracksuit.
Circumstances surrounding Disappearance -
Eve Askew went missing form her family residence at Gordon River Road, Fitzgerald at some stage during the
evening of Saturday, 16 November 1991 and the morning of Sunday, 17 November 1991.
Eve has not been seen since. She has not accessed bank accounts nor contacted friends or family.
Investigations to date indicate that Eve has not assumed another name or identity.
Investigations at that time included a series of extensive searches being conducted in the vicinity of the
family residence and interviewing known friends and associates. No further evidence as to the fate of Eve
was discovered and she has not been seen nor heard from by any person since.
Police conducted further investigations into Eve's disappearance in 2001, however, those enquiries failed
to resolve this matter.
The above image is photograph of Eve as she appeared at the time of her disappearance.
Police seek information from anyone who may have any knowledge of the circumstances surrounding the
disappearance of Eve Askew. There is a direct line to investigators on 0418 589 544.
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