Annette Cold Case Unlocked: Annette's family deserves justice

Margaret Carver (top) hopes the mystery of her daughter Annette Deverell's death will finally be solved.
Margaret Carver (top) hopes the mystery of her daughter Annette Deverell's death will finally be solved.

Today marks a significant milestone in a project that has consumed Mandurah Mail journalist Carla Hildebrandt for the past 12 months.

Last year we started delving into the death of 19-year-old Mandurah woman Annette Deverell and the mystery surrounding the 1980 tragedy.

The heartbreak of a mother looking for answers she fears will never come. Friends baffled by the circumstances around Annette's disappearance. A retired detective still kept up at night because the case hasn't been solved.

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More and more people recounted their memories of Annette and the fateful night in question, while Hildebrandt's research led to some astonishing discoveries.

But, stepping back from the podcast and listening to it again one last time, a key message hits home.

There has been no justice for Annette Deverell.

Annette's mother Margaret Carver hopes the case will finally be solved. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

Annette's mother Margaret Carver hopes the case will finally be solved. Photo: Carla Hildebrandt.

While the names of Hayley Dodd, Gerard Ross and other victims of unspeakable tragedies have rightly filled column inches in newspapers over the years and decades, Annette's name has not.

Police have increased rewards for information on certain cold cases to as much as $250,000.

There is no reward in the Annette Deverell case.

Across Australia, coronial inquests have led to justice being delivered retrospectively that was not conveyed initially by police or the courts.

No such opportunity has been afforded in this Mandurah case.

Friday marks 39 years since Annette Deverell went missing.

It is time for her family to finally get the answers they crave. It is time for justice.

We hope the podcast can play a role in delivering it.

Gareth McKnight is the Mandurah Mail's editor.