Where is Joanne?

Written by on September 20, 2019

It is 46 years since two young girls disappeared from a packed sporting ground, sparking one of Australia’s leading unsolved child abduction cases.

The disappearance and suspected murder of two young South Australian girls, Joanne Ratcliffe, 11, and Kirste Gordon, 4, has left investigators baffled for more than four decades.

The pair were watching a SANFL match with their families at a packed Adelaide Oval on August 25, 1973, when they left the Edwin Smith stand together to go to the toilet.

It was the last time their families would ever see or hear from them again.

Joanne Ratcliffe, 11, and Kirste Gordon, 4. PHOTO: AAP Image/Supplied by SA Police

Investigators believe the girls may have been forcibly removed from the oval by an unknown man, after witnesses reported seeing the pair leaving the area with a man near Port Road, Thebarton.

Witness accounts suggest the girls may have been sighted on a number of occasions up to 90 minutes following their disappearance.

Despite having no trace of the two girls, who would today be aged 50 and 57, investigators have refused to give up hope.

A $1 million reward is still being offered for information that could lead to the recovery of the girls’ or a conviction in the case.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

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