The triple murder of Karen Edwards, Tim Thomson and Gordon Twaddle remains unsolved.© Supplied by ABC Information
The triple homicide of Karen Edwards, Tim Thomson and Gordon Twaddle stays unsolved.

Karen Edwards, Tim Thomson and Gordon Twaddle had been discovered shot lifeless at Spear Creek, 10 kilometres north of Mount Isa, in October, 1978.

A autopsy examination confirmed all three died from a gunshot wound to the pinnacle fired from a .22 calibre rifle.

Gordon Twaddle’s brother, John, mentioned the trio had been “chilly bloodedly murdered”.

“This horrible occasion has prayed on my thoughts for 40 years,” he mentioned.

“I really feel {that a} end result and conviction of the individual [or persons] answerable for these murders would convey some peace of thoughts and kind some closure, however it should by no means take away the ache of figuring out how their lives ended far too quickly in such a horrible approach.”

John Twaddle mentioned that they had a ardour for bikes and had set out on a visit from Alice Springs to Mount Isa on October 2, 1978.

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“Gordon, my brother, was not solely my finest buddy however we had a standard curiosity in motorcycling, which created a really sturdy bond between us,” he mentioned.

“It was that curiosity in motorcycling that discovered him within the incorrect place on the incorrect time.”

They had been driving a particular blue 1977 Suzuki GS750 and a crimson 1977 BMW 100S with a selfmade aspect automotive, for his or her Doberman, Tristie.

Police mentioned the sight of three mates and their canine travelling via the Northern Territory and Mount Isa would have been memorable and have urged anybody who noticed them to come ahead.

Officers mentioned they’re particularly keen on a male motorcyclist who befriended the group at Frewena in Northern Territory, and travelled with them to Mount Isa.

The group deliberate to proceed right down to Melbourne for Christmas that yr, however that by no means occurred.

Tim Thomson’s brother, David, mentioned in an announcement he almost went alongside too.

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“Tim invited me to go on the journey via the centre of Australia with him and Gordon and Karen however I used to be unable to go. [If I did] I might in all probability not be scripting this letter,” David Thomson mentioned.

“My mother and father had been shattered by the murders and I nonetheless really feel a numbness that I do not suppose will ever disappear.”

The 2-tone Land Cruiser

A lot of the unique investigation centered on the male driver of a brown and white Toyota LandCruiser, which the three mates had been final seen stepping into at Moondarra Caravan Park, in Mount Isa, on October 5.

The group left their bikes and the canine behind on the campsite, however later that day police mentioned the person within the LandCruiser returned on the lookout for the canine.

The following day the campsite had been packed up, and the canine was discovered on the Mount Isa dump.

It was one other two weeks earlier than the our bodies of Mr Twaddle, Mr Thomson and Ms Edwards had been found, by a pair strolling their canine.

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Police have by no means discovered the distinctive LandCruiser or the male driver.

Initially police believed the murders had been linked to a different unsolved homicide in Western Australia, the place the physique of John Tzelaidis was discovered lifeless a number of months earlier, additionally with a .22 calibre wound to the pinnacle.

However on Saturday police revealed they not consider the deaths are linked.

On high of the brand new attraction from the households, detectives have launched pictures of the trio and their bikes, within the hope anybody who noticed them alive in early October, 1978 will come ahead.

Police additionally need individuals who could have given proof beforehand to reconnect with them.

A $250,000 reward stays in place for data which results in the apprehension and conviction of an individual answerable for the murders.


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