I'm just trying to picture this in my head... Someone turns up missing, and the cops go to investigate the home as a possible crime scene and when they get there, they're told the house has been demolished, when in reality the house has just been relocated. I've got to give credit where it's due though. I mean wiping away prints is one thing, but relocating an ENTIRE HOUSE in order to conceal a crime. Now that shows some serious gumption!
Missing woman's 'demolished' house reappears
Cold-case detectives will travel to Bendigo today to investigate fresh leads in the 21-year-old mystery of missing Melbourne woman Marlene McDonald.
The Reservoir house Mrs McDonald was living in at the time of her disappearance was initially thought to have been demolished, but has instead been transported to the Bendigo area, police said today.
Forensic experts and detectives will undertake forensic testing on the Elm Street house and recreate the scene of the night of Marlene's disappearance.
The move comes a week after detectives reopened the investigation into Mrs McDonald's disappearance.
Police last week offered a $100,000 reward and possible indemnity from prosecution for anyone who helps police solve the McDonald case.
Mrs McDonald was estranged from her husband when she disappeared on December 14, 1986 after a night out with friends.
Soon after, two anonymous phone calls to the Truck City Restaurant and Cafe - where she worked as a waitress - indicated the 36-year-old mother-of-five was dead.
Detectives last week revisited witnesses and door-knocked the Wattle Grove area of Reservoir, where Mrs McDonald lived, and Truck City in nearby Campbellfield.
Mrs McDonald's elderly mother, Edie McEntee, made a tearful plea last week for help to solve the case.
"Now where did I leave my house... Oh bloody hell, it's in Bendigo now! Bollocks, that's going to be murder on my commute."