Patricia Schmidt murder investigation still ongoing

Investigators continue to follow lines of inquiry in a bid to find who murdered Seacliff teenager Patricia ‘Suzie’ Schmidt nearly 45 years ago.

Patricia SchmidtThere have been more than 20 reports to Crime Stoppers over the last 18 months, and DNA evidence gathered by police in connection with the case was taken to New Zealand for specialist examination.

Unfortunately none of the recent lines of inquiry have led to firm leads in the case, but police with the SA Police Major Crime Investigation Section know that there is always new technologies, opportunities and information that can break a case open.

“Evidence in this matter continues to be stored in case there are opportunities or advancements in the future,” said Major Crime Detective Brevet Sergeant Paul Tucker.

“For police it’s never ‘the end’ with inquiries such as this,” he added. “We’re always hopeful, forensic science has come a long way and we’re always excited by the prospect that something may come up.”

Patricia SchmidtPatricia Schmidt was just 16 years old when she was murdered after completing her second shift at Burger King at Darlington in 1971.

In the early hours of Saturday 18 December 1971, with her father running 10 minutes late to collect her, she decided to walk home.

At 9.30am Patricia Schmidt was reported missing to police and later that day – about 6.30pm – she was found dead off a dirt track at Hallett Cove.

There was evidence located at the scene that indicates Patricia Schmidt had been sexually assaulted before being murdered. Traces of metal and paint were found on her body and it was at the time believed she may have been in an engraver’s or key cutter’s workshop.

It was also reported at the time, a few days prior to her murder, Patricia Schmidt had been offered a lift home by a man in his 30’s described as “unattractive” with a “flash car”.

There is a $1m reward on offer for information to anyone providing information leading to the apprehension and conviction of the person or people responsible for the murder of Patricia Schmidt.

Anyone with information about her murder is asked to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at


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