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Mysterious note scribbled in The Weekly provides massive clue in missing person case

Homicide detectives are seeking information on a handwritten note discovered in a story The Australian Women’s Weekly wrote about the disappearance of a teenage girl.
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A hand-written note in a copy of The Australian Women’s Weekly could be a crucial clue in the unsolved murder of a young woman more than 30 years ago.

Homicide detectives are trying to locate a person who wrote the name “Inge Quitt” and underlined parts of a story about missing Canberra teen Megan Mulquiney that appeared in the September 2018 edition of The Weekly.

A copy of the magazine was found at the palliative care facility Clare Holland House in Canberra. Whoever wrote the name “Inge Quitt” had also underlined parts of the story.

Police say Mrs Quitt, a well-known seamstress, did not write her own name, nor was she in any way involved in Megan’s disappearance. But they would like to speak to the person who made the notes to understand whether there is any significance.

The page in the September 2018 issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly. (Image: AWW)

The name “Inge Quitt” was handwritten in the article. (Image: AWW)

Megan was 17 when she vanished without a trace from a shopping centre in the Canberra suburb of Woden in 1984.

An inquest into her disappearance found in 2011 that it was most likely she was murdered, but there was not enough evidence to charge anyone. More than three decades later, police still do not know where or how Megan died.

Megan was a 17-year-old teen when she disappeared. (Image: Supplied)

Megan’s parents say her disappearing was totally out of character. (Image: Supplied)

Speaking to The Weekly last year, Megan’s mother Dorothy Tallis described her daughter as “gentle, warm, loving and a little bit shy.” She was a keen ice-skater and a gifted student.

“She was a beautiful girl,” Dorothy told The Weekly. “She was such a good girl. She never did anything to upset you. And then she just disappeared and that’s really, really hard.”

The Weekly’s article on the teen noted that one of the witnesses named in an inquest into Megan’s probable murder has died. The words “probable murder has died” and the location and date of where Megan disappeared from were underlined in the magazine.

The September 2018 cover of The Australian Women’s Weekly – the same issue that the article appeared in. (Image: AWW)

Anyone with information about the magazine or Megan’s disappearance is urged to contact Detective Senior Constable Emma Beere and Senior Constable Patrick O’Brien via the dedicated mobile number 0457 844 917.

Alternatively information can be provided to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 3288631. Information can be provided anonymously.

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