Julie Ann Garciacelay
Missing since July 1, 1975 from North Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Garciacelay was last seen in North Melbourne, Victoria, on July 1, 1975.
Ms Garciacelay had traveled to Australia from California in late 1974 and worked as a library assistant at Southdown Press in La Trobe Street, where The Truth and The Australian newspapers were printed. It was there where she became friends with a former newspaper journalist and one-time suspect in the 1977 Easey Street double murders.
The man is believed to have been one of the last people to see Julie Ann Garciacelay alive on July 1, 1975.
The reporter and two of his associates visited the Canning Street, North Melbourne, flat Ms Garciacelay shared with her older sister, Gail, on the night of her disappearance. The men told detectives Ms Garciacelay had left the flat in the early evening to make a phone call and did not return.
When Ms Garciacelay's sister returned the next day she found a blood-soaked towel and other items, including Ms Garciacelay's underwear, strewn around the flat. Police later found blood on the landing and personal items at the flat, including keys and a wallet. They also found a handwritten note with a phone number on it, which the men told police was the number she had gone out to ring. A kitchen knife and a black cape were missing.
No trace of Ms Garciacelay has been found and the case has been reopened by the homicide squad's cold-case unit.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Detective Senior Sergeant Steve Waddell
(61 3) 9247 6666
The Age - 10/14/03
The Age - 10/15/03