Australia has never really gotten over the brazen 1973 kidnapping of Adelaide children Joanne Ratcliffe, 11 and Kirste Gordon, 4, from Adelaide Oval. But if the broader community was deeply scarred, imagine the ongoing pain suffered by the families of the girls - who were last seen looking distressed in the company of an unknown man, and whose bodies have never been found.
Joanne's sister Suzanne has never given up trying to find justice for the two little girls, who went missing during a visit to the bathroom at a family-friendly footy game. While there has long been suspicion the case may be linked to the 1966 disappearance of the Beaumont children, there have been no convincing leads since witnesses described the girls leaving the oval, seemingly against their will, in the company of the mysterious man.
Despite the passage of so much time, Suzanne remains convinced that even a tiny, seemingly trivial piece of information could finally lead to a breakthrough. And she is begging potential sources of information to step up now.
'No matter how insignificant they feel the information may be, contact Crime Stoppers,' Suzanne tells tells podcast New Idea Investigates: Little Girls Lost
'Every little piece of information could be the key to solving a person's heartache.
'We may not have our loved ones walk back through the door because of that information, but it gives families a chance to grieve and a chance to finally move on from the never-ending nightmare that families live with each and every day.'
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Anyone with information regarding the disappearance of Joanne Ratcliffe and Kirste Gordon is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.