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    THE Adelaide property being searched today by police in connection with the 1983 abduction and murder of schoolgirl Louise Bell was formerly occupied by convicted child murderer Dieter Pfennig.


    AdelaideNow can reveal hi-tech ground-penetrating radar equipment is being used to search the backyard of Pfennig's former house on Holly Rise, Hackham West, in Adelaide's outer southern suburbs.

    There are more than a dozen police officers from the Major Crime and Forensic branches involved in the search.

    Louise was 10 when she was abducted from her family's Hackham West home on January 4, 1983. Her body has not been found.

    Known paedophile Raymond John Geesing was convicted of the crime, despite no body being found, but later acquitted on appeal.

    Pfennig was jailed for life with a 38-year non-parole period in 1992 for the murder of 10-year-old Murray Bridge schoolboy Michael Black.

    Michael was abducted on January 18, 1989, from a reserve near Murray Bridge. Pfennig placed the boy's belongings upstream to give the impression he had drowned while swimming, but his body was never found.

    Pfennig has also admitted abducting and sexually assaulting another boy, 13, in late 1989.

    Lands Title Office records show Pfennig owned the Holly Rise property from 1977 until he was taken into custody.

    The Louise Bell investigation was re-opened last year because of better DNA technology, police said.

    The radar equipment being used at the Hackham West search site has been loaned from the Australian Federal Police, who are assisting in the operation.

    Similar equipment was previously used to search a Salisbury North backyard in the infamous "bodies in the barrels" murder investigation.

    Police say they could be working at the site for several days.

    Major Crime officer in charge Superintendent Grant Moyle said the search had been ordered after police re-examined evidence from the 1983 investigation and subsequent investigations in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

    "We are searching for any evidence that might relate to Louise Bell or any other offences that might have been committed," he said.

    "It's a big commitment. We have examined closely the extent of investigations that were conducted in 1983, when Louise Bell went missing. It is a result of that, that we felt for thoroughness we needed to fully examine the backyard more than they did in 1991."

    In the mid-1990s, Louise's father, Colin Bell, said his daughter's disappearance was "completely out of character''.

    "She was a fairly timid girl and slightly immature for her age and fairly shy,'' he said.


    Paedophile murderer Dieter Pfennig linked to property being searched over Louise Bell disappearance | adelaidenow



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    POLICE are digging up an Adelaide backyard after using radar to scan for clues to the 1983 disappearance and suspected murder of Adelaide schoolgirl Louise Bell.


    Officers brought in on Monday used radar equipment that can penetrate concrete to look for anomalies in the soil at the home once owned by a convicted child killer, which they first searched in 1991.

    Detective-Superintendent Grant Moyle says police are now excavating sections of the yard, hoping to find evidence or rule out the house as a link to Louise's abduction.

    The property used to belong to Dieter Pfennig, who was jailed in 1992 for the abduction and murder of a 10-year-old schoolboy whose body was never found. Pfennig remains in custody.

    In the 1991 search, police pulled up floorboards but excavated only a section of the yard, Supt Moyle said on Tuesday.

    "Hopefully (we can) unravel some more evidence and bring some closure to the family," he told ABC radio.

    Louise was abducted from her bedroom in West Hackham in 1983. Her body has never been found and police believe she was murdered.

    Raymond John Bolte, formerly known as Raymond Geesing, was sentenced in 1983 to life imprisonment for Louise's murder and abduction.

    His conviction was overturned by the Court of Criminal Appeal two years later and he was released from jail.

    He was later jailed again for sexually abusing two sisters over an eight-year period in the 1990s.

    Meanwhile, former forensic police officer Ted Van Dijk, who worked on the initial investigation, is helping unravel details of the crime.

    Pfennig was jailed for life in 1992 for the murder of Murray Bridge schoolboy Michael Black, 10, but the Louise Bell case remains open.

    Mr Van Dijk was brought in by Supt Moyle to review all the evidence collected during the original investigation.

    Major Crime has also called in Australian Federal Police forensic experts with hi-tech ground-penetrating radar to search the backyard of Pfennig's former house on Holly Rise, Hackham West.

    The equipment can penetrate concrete to locate disturbed ground up to a metre deep.

    "We will keep using what technology and advances in science (that are) available to us to try to bring this to a conclusion," Supt Moyle said.

    More than a dozen officers searched the home yesterday, and police expect to remain on site until at least late tomorrow.

    Lands Title Office records show Pfennig owned the Holly Rise property from 1977 until he was taken into custody but police would not confirm he was "a person of interest".

    "All I will say is that person (of interest) is in custody," Supt Moyle said.

    "It's a big commitment. We have examined closely the extent of investigations that were conducted in 1983, when Louise Bell went missing. It is a result of that, that we felt we needed to fully examine the backyard more than they did in 1991."

    The Louise Bell investigation was re-opened last year because of better DNA technology, police said.

    Similar equipment was previously used to search a Salisbury North backyard in the infamous "bodies in the barrels" murder investigation.

    Supt Moyle said Louise's father, Colin Bell, had been notified of the search.

    Mr Bell was still "devastated" by the disappearance of his daughter.

    Police start digging up backyard in Louise Bell search | adelaidenow


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    Such mixed emotions for the Bell family i'm sure.Heart goes out to them. (hugz)


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    Default Police continue dig in Louise Bell case

    Detectives are spending a fifth day at an Adelaide home hunting for clues to the fate of missing schoolgirl Louise Bell.

    POLICE believe the 10-year-old girl may have been murdered after she was abducted from her bedroom in West Hackham in 1983.

    They are re-examining the backyard of another West Hackham home they first searched in 1991 when it belonged to convicted child murderer Dieter Pfennig.

    Pfenning, who has not been named as a person of interest in this case, was jailed in 1992 for abducting and murdering a 10-year-old schoolboy whose body was never found.

    Police say they have no information to share just yet but they continued their search on Friday.

    Ground-penetrating radar equipment has been used to try to find clues to the fate of the girl whose body has never been found.

    Raymond John Bolte, formerly known as Raymond Geesing, was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1983 for her murder and abduction.

    His conviction was overturned by the Court of Criminal Appeal two years later and he was freed from jail.

    He was later jailed again for sexually abusing two sisters over an eight-year period in the 1990s.



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    Default Re: Police continue dig in Louise Bell case

    POLICE have failed to uncover any human remains of missing schoolgirl Louise Bell during a search at Hackham West this week.

    But Major Crime detectives have taken items for further analysis from the Holly Rise property, formerly owned by convicted child killer Dieter Pfennig.

    Police have received 15 calls to Crime Stoppers since the search began on Monday.

    Louise's disappearance has been the subject of a full investigational review since August 2011.

    "Louise's family have been kept informed of the progress of the investigation and in particular, have been advised of the results of this search," police said.

    "While they are naturally disappointed that Louise has not been located, they remain hopeful that she will be and are eager for the police to continue with the investigation."

    Louise Bell search yields no remains | adelaidenow


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    Default Re: Police continue dig in Louise Bell case

    This is such a tensions in the town while this girl was missing, thank god she was find by the police.


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