The murder of a Queensland woman and her two young daughters 40 years ago may soon be solved, with raids on two rural properties.
A TIMELINE OF QUEENSLAND’S MCCULKIN MURDERS:
* Jan 16 – Barbara McCulkin, 34, and her daughters Vicki Maree, 13, and Barbara Leanne, 11, are last seen at their Highgate Hill home
* Jan 17 – They fail to meet family and friends
* Jan 19 – Barbara’s estranged husband Billy McCulkin reports the trio missing to police
* A coroner rules that two men be charged with the murders because a jury could reasonably accept that they had been at the McCulkin home on the night the trio vanished
* One of those men is known to Billy McCulkin, who had worked as a debt collector
* Charges against the two men are dropped because there is insufficient evidence to convict them
* Jan 16 – Family members appeal for witnesses or anyone with any information about the trio’s disappearance to come forward
* Aug 5 – Police search two rural properties near Warwick and offer $250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible
* The police investigation continues to focus on information and persons of interest identified in the original investigation and 1980 inquest
* Police continue to search for an unnamed man, who was not at home during the raids.
(Source: AAP Archive)