Cold case investigators seek identities of men allegedly involved in 1976 assault

Cold case investigators have appealed to the public to help identify a number of men allegedly involved in a sexual assault against two girls in 1976.

Police from Quakers Hill Command have formed Strike Force Borah to investigate the incident, which saw three children aged between 12 and 14 enticed into a car by a group of males in March 1976.

“Investigators have determined that three children aged between 12 and 14 got on a train at Riverstone,” a police statement said.

“The children noticed a vehicle when they got on the train and then when they got off at Richmond railway station, they saw the same vehicle again.

“The children were enticed into the vehicle and were driven to parkland in the Hawkesbury area, believed to be near Maraylya. The vehicle is described as a possible orange/terracotta Holden Kingswood sedan with front bench seat.

“Here, two of the female children were allegedly sexually assaulted by the group of four or five males, while the third child, a boy, was threatened with physical violence.

“The initial investigation in 1976, identified a 17-year-old male who was subsequently charged with carnal knowledge.

“Following the recent complaint, cold case investigators have re-examined the information provided to police and are now appealing for information to help identify the other males involved.”

It is believed the men were local to the Riverstone or Hawkesbury area and possibly familiar with Maraylya.

Police are appealing for anyone with information about the incident in 1976 who has not yet been spoken to by investigators to come forward and contact detectives at Riverstone police on 9838 2199 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.