Police in Adelaide, South Australia, have announced that a murder case has been reopened thanks to the use of new forensic technology.
Back in January 1983, 10-year old Louise Bell was abducted from her home in the Hackham West suburb of Adelaide.
Weeks after Louise was abducted police received a phone-call which led to them finding her earrings and then later to find her pyjamas which were discovered in the garden of a nearby house.
Later in 1983 a man was found guilty and sentenced to life in prison for the abduction and murder of Louise but two years later in 1985 his conviction was overturned by The Court of Criminal Appeal and he was subsequently released from jail. Twenty-eight years after Louise was abducted the case remains unsolved.
Now Detective Acting Superintendent Denise Grey of the Major Crime Investigation Branch has said that the case was reopened in August following a regular review of homicide cases.
It's hoped that new forensic technology will shed light on this case with the DNA of a man who was a suspect before now being submitted for testing using the new technology. The suspect, who has also been interviewed, is currently serving time in prison. He was found guilty of sexually abusing two sisters over a period of eight years during the 1990's.
Detective Acting Superintendent Grey told journalists, "We've resubmitted historical exhibits for new techniques in testing." She then said, "Whilst current forensic testing initially appears positive or encouraging, I don't want to raise the hopes of Louise's family unnecessarily."
Louise Bell's abduction remains one of the state's most high profile murder cases.