Does This Clue Solve QLD's 30-Year-Old Murder Cold Case?
One of Queensland's most enduring cold cases has taken another twist, with a man identifying his father as a suspect and a potential serial killer.
The anonymous man says his taxi driver father may have killed Sharron Phillips, who vanished from Wacol, in Brisbane's southwest, on May 8 1986.
He has revealed how he saw the taxi parked in a dirt lane behind a strip of shops when he was late in arriving to pick-up his father on the same night the 20-year-old went missing.
The cab, he said, should have been parked outside a shop at Wacol, which was where Ms Phillips had used a pay phone after running out of petrol.
The man said his father, who died in 2002, demanded to use his car.
"He said wait here, keep an eye out for police and he proceeded to reverse the car, my car, around to the back. I heard the boots close," he told Nine News.
He then heard "loud thumping" coming from the boot of his car but was dismissed when he queried the noises.
"He didn't even really acknowledge me, he just said `turn the stereo up, just keep driving'."
The man said he had no idea what happened after he was dropped off but later found shoes and a handbag in his car.
Retired detective Bob Dallow, who worked on the case, said the time, location and the make-up of the father fitted the crime.
The man's tip-off triggered the excavation of a parcel of council-owned land at Carole Park at the end of May.
The dig, which failed to find anything related to the investigation, came weeks after Ms Phillips' siblings questioned the alibi of their father Bob, who died last year.
The man said he came forward because he was "99 per cent" certain Mr Phillips wasn't responsible and wanted the truth to come out.
"I think he (my father) may be responsible for more than one murder," he said.