Detective Acting Inspector Paul Elliot at the re-enactment of the murder on Friday, with a mannequin representing Shandee Blackburn.
Detective Acting Inspector Paul Elliot at the re-enactment of the murder on Friday, with a mannequin representing Shandee Blackburn. Janessa Ekert

Shandee mannequin triggers couple's memory

POLICE used a mannequin dressed in the same clothes Shandee Blackburn was wearing the night she was murdered hoping it would jog the memory of anyone who may have a crucial piece of information.

Between 11pm on Friday and 1am on Saturday, the Shandee-mannequin was positioned near the T-intersection of Sydney and Boddington Streets lit up by spotlights.

On one side was a sign that read "Mackay's Unsolved Murder", on the other the number for Crime Stoppers. Motorists passing by the intersection slowed to take a closer look.

At 12.45am a young man and woman approached the marquee to speak with police.

"I think I might have some information," the woman said.

Only time will tell whether that information will be vital in the hunt for a killer, but it does show the effort police are putting in to solve this horrific crime.

"We've posted this re-enactment tonight to help us with our investigation ... in efforts to jog people's memories," Regional crime co-ordinator Detective Acting Inspector Paul Elliot said about 12.30 Saturday morning.

Especially those who haven't already spoken with police, Det Act Insp Elliot said.

"Hopefully as a result of this we'll get ourselves a bit closer to the truth ... actually what transpired that night at around about this time last week," Det Act Insp Elliot said. "This is what we believe (Shandee) was last wearing at the time ... as she left ... Harrup Park Country Club."

Meanwhile, a police spokesman yesterday said as a part of police routine enquiries, taxi CCTV footage was being reviewed.

He said a number of taxis would have been around that area at that time of night.

Police have been reviewing the footage as well as speaking with drivers, the spokesman said.

Shandee was stabbed multiple times to the upper body with an unknown object in the early hours of Saturday, February 9.

 

PUBLIC ASSISTANCE

PUBLIC assistance has been fantastic, but police are appealing for more people to come forward.

Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot, Officer in Charge of our Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Rockhampton
Detective Senior Sergeant Paul Elliot, Officer in Charge of our Child Protection and Investigation Unit, Rockhampton

"We encourage anyone who may have information, no matter how big or small or relevant they think it is, to contact either the Mackay police, Crimestoppers or Police Link," regional crime co-ordinator Detective Acting Inspector Paul Elliot said.

"Any little tiny bit of information may just be the key that we're looking for in order to solve this horrific matter."

Police are keeping tight-lipped on any leads as they follow up numerous avenues of enquiries.

Officers are still going through CCTV footage taken on the night.

"At this point in time we're looking at all available information we've got and ... taking statements from witnesses, gathering evidence, going through evidence, collating it, analysing it, in order to try and pinpoint Shandee's last moves," Det Act Insp Elliot said.

A lot of behind-the-scenes work is going into the murder investigation of Shandee Blackburn, both in Mackay and elsewhere.

Forensic and scientific officers were assisting, Det Act Insp Elliot said.

And police still have the difficult task of separating fact from fiction.

"Social media is bounded by no evidence-based information ... information that comes from social media can quite often be rumours and innuendo, which obviously isn't tested, isn't balanced and what we need to do is make sure that the information we're getting is truthful, correct and to date," Det Act Insp Elliot said.

"We're just pushing forward with the investigation."



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