Cheryl Grimmer case: police locate UK family who were witnesses in alleged abduction – The Guardian

An English family of four, who were key witnesses to the alleged abduction of toddler Cheryl Grimmer from a Wollongong beach 47 years ago, has been tracked down through Interpol.

The couple and their two children had left Australia late in 1970 and eventually returned to Britain.

New South Wales police put out the call last Thursday to find Peter Goodyear, his wife Mavis and their two daughters Karen and Jannette, who had provided important statements at the time of Cheryl’s alleged abduction.

Strike Force Wessel says it has now got the details of the family, thanks to Interpol and media outlets in Nottinghamshire, England, and detectives hope to interview them soon.

Late last month, a 63-year-old man was charged with killing Cheryl, who vanished from outside a shower block at Fairy Meadow Beach during a family outing on 12 January 12 1970.

He was extradited to NSW from Victoria and will remain behind bars until his next court appearance on 24 May.

Cheryl’s body has never been found.

Police had earlier been unsuccessful in tracking down the family, who had provided witness statements and weren’t even sure if Goodyear, who was 37 at the time, was still alive.

Cheryl Grimmer case: police locate UK family who were witnesses in alleged abduction – The Guardian