New hope in Coast cold case

FRESH evidence has been found in the disappearance of two women and the murder of a schoolgirl in Sunshine Coast's hinterland 14 years ago.

Local detectives reopened the cold case earlier this month, appealing for help with the disappearance of English backpacker Celena Bridge, 28, in 1998 and Ann Glassop, 46, the following year.

Detectives also hope to find the whereabouts of murdered 15-year-old Nambour schoolgirl Jessica Gaudie, whose family have appealed for the recovery of her remains.

Sunshine Coast Detective Senior Sergeant Daren Edwards said witnesses had contacted police with fresh evidence.

"Police are working through the files and have contacted certain people who we feel we need to talk to again," Snr Sgt Edwards said.

"A few other people have contacted police out of the blue after our appeal for information, which has given us some new information to work with."

Ms Bridge was last seen near Booloumba Creek Rd in Kenilworth on Thursday, July 16, 1998 and Ms Glassop, whose real first name is Sabrina, was last seen at her home on the corner of Booloumba Creek Rd and Maleny-Kenilworth Rd on Friday, May 28, 1999.

Miss Gaudie went missing just three months later on August 28, 1999 from Burnside.

Snr Sgt Edwards said police would be familiarising themselves with the Brooloo Forest, between Imbil and Kenilworth.

"We are looking at going out soon, but it has been too wet to start a search just yet," he said.

"Going through the evidence and seeing what new evidence we can uncover is our first priority."

Anyone with any information into the three cases is urged to contact CrimeStoppers on 1800 333 000, Policelink on 131 444 or the Sunshine Coast District Criminal Investigation Branch on 5475 2429.

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