Missing since December 14 1986 from Reservoir, Victoria, Australia
Classification: Endangered Missing
Circumstances of Disappearance
Marlene McDonald, a mother-of-five, had been working as a waitress at the Truck City roadhouse on the Hume Highway at Campbellfield when she disappeared on Sunday, December 14 1986.
She was last seen just after midnight on that date, when she returned to her Wattle Grove home after an evening out with friends.
McDonald was reported missing by her parents the next morning and her abandoned car, a blue 1968 Toyota Corolla Coupe, was found at the her workplace the following evening. She has not been seen or heard from since and police believe she met with foul play.
She was a dedicated mother who loved her children and there is no reasonable explanation for her to not have any contact with the children over that time. Originally from Yan Yean, she lived at Wallan during her marriage and had been living in Reservoir for only a year when she disappeared.
At the time of her disappearance, Mrs McDonald had been separated from her husband and living with three of her five children. The other two children were living with their father.
An examination of Mrs McDonald's home the day after she disappeared indicated that somebody had forced entry to the premises. Witnesses later told police that on the night of her disappearance they heard Ms McDonald's car start up and drive erratically out of the driveway and up the street. They indicated the driver was not Marlene.
Police believe persons responsible for Marlene's disappearance lay in wait for her to return and later used her vehicle to transport her to another location before leaving the vehicle at Truck City.
Shortly after her disappearance two anonymous phone calls were made to Truck City. The caller indicated among other information that Marlene is dead.
If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
Cold Case Task force
Detective Inspector Kim West
1800 333 000
The Herald Sun
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