Inquest into missing Bendigo teens to continue in March

THE Coroners Court will continue an inquest into the disappearance of two Bendigo teenagers last seen in 1968. 

The inquest was adjourned in March this year after new information came to light on the disappearance of the teens, Maureen Braddy, 16, and Allan Whyte, 17.

Lyn Ireland claimed at the March inquest to have seen her father Stanley Braddy and his best friend Ted Beasley “holding something’’ on the evening of November 23, 1968. 

“As they got closer (I saw) what they were holding,” she said. 

“(It was) a young person. 

“I could not tell who it was because it was covered with blood... what I believe to be blood now.”

Ms Ireland said she had no recollection of seeing her sister Maureen, or Allan Whyte that night.

“It scared the crap out of me,” she said. “I pulled on the blind and Dad looked at the window... I jumped into bed.”

Ms Ireland said her father later entered the room she shared with her sisters Jennifer and Debra and turned the light on.

“He came to my bed and I can remember he felt me and he hesitated before he left,” she said.

Ms Ireland, who was eight when Maureen disappeared, failed to tell police about what she saw out the window and her father entering her room during a formal statement in October 1999.

The matter was directed to police for investigation as the coroner doesn’t have the jurisdiction to examine criminal matters. 

It’s understood police are no longer investigating the matter and it has been directed back to the corner. 

The hearing will continue in Bendigo on March 18 to 22 under deputy state coroner Iain West.

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