A suspect in the disappearance of the Beaumont siblings at an Adelaide beach in 1966 has died.
Investigators in one of Australia’s most mysterious cold cases fear the truth behind the children’s disappearance may be taken to the grave after Allan ‘Max’ McIntyre, 89, was found dead in a Yorke Peninsula nursing home, west of Adelaide, on Tuesday, according to The Age.
His son, Andrew McIntyre, recently broke his silence revealing his father and a family friend, Anthony Alan Munro, were at the Glenelg beach in the days around January 26, when Jane, nine, Arnna, seven, and Grant, four, Beaumont disappeared.
Despite ‘Max’ McIntyre being investigated over the Beaumont's kidnapping, he always denied any involvement.
The news comes just weeks after a child's diary that puts convicted paedophile, Munro on Glenelg beach in the days surrounding the Beaumont children's disappearance in January 1966, was recently handed to Adelaide detectives.
The discovery was hailed as a possible vital clue in the sibling’s disappearance.
Throughout his adventures along the coast, Andrew McIntyre, now 63, and another child kept a diary of events. They called it the 'salvage and exploration club'.
Witnesses told police they had seen the children playing with a tall, blonde man in his 30s – a description fitting Munro’s appearance.
Munro has always denied any involvement and no charges have ever been laid – however, the former scout leader will face court in August to be sentenced over child sexual offences against boys dating back to 1965, including Andrew McIntyre.
In a statutory declaration viewed by Fairfax reporters, Andrew McIntyre said he recalls his father and Munro being upset when they returned from the beach.
He reportedly claimed he saw blood and sand in Munro’s car.
McIntyre’s sister Ruth Collins corroborated the story and also made the extraordinary claim that she saw a child’s body in the back of the car.
Following the news of 'Max' McIntyre's death, claims emerged yesterday that items that may implicate the now deceased man in the Beaumont children's disappearance had been burnt by another of his sons, Danny, on his father's property
'I think he may be getting rid of my father's personal belonging which could implicate him,' Andrew McIntyre told 7 News.
His brother, Danny McIntyre, said: 'It's just timber, mate. I'm not saying a word'.