Unsolved Gerard Ross - Abducted Kent st Rockingham WA 1997

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What motivates someone to abduct a boy on holidays with parents from overseas, off the street and bashhim to death then dump him next to a track near an ammunition dump? It's another next to the road surface body dumping.
He might have seen something he shouldn't have and threatened to tell, as kids will sometimes do without thinking. Perhaps near the public toilet block.
 

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Kent Street, 9.30am, Tuesday 1997. Gerard was on the same street as his holiday house. Gerard was abducted on the same street. 101 Kent. Gerard had not gone far at all.

His parents have gone back to SCOTLAND.

AGENCIES including the State Emergency Service, police sources and others connected to the case have been warned against speaking to The Sunday Times about the “taboo” investigation.
https://www.perthnow.com.au/news/wa/parents-of-daniel-morcombe-want-inquest-into-the-unsolved-murder-of-perth-boy-gerard-ross-ng-1f477bceed0561c08593caf3ab4fc783

“Maintaining the operational integrity of the investigation is paramount if we are to bring the offender(s) to justice, therefore we are unable to comment on current lines of inquiry,” a spokesman said.

Any review was expected to focus on entomology – the study of insects – and the dog hairs. Experts say the dog hairs could have been transferred from the killer’s clothing, even if their dog wasn’t with them at the time.
 
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Kent Street, 9.30am, Tuesday 1997. Gerard was on the same street as his holiday house. Gerard was abducted on the same street. 101 Kent. Gerard had not gone far at all.

His parents have gone back to SCOTLAND.
Pretty sure investigators don't know exactly where he was taken from or the exact route he took. It's been suggested he might have gone the longer way which took him near to a public amenity.
 

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Jurgen Dieter Schildmann, has a page upon his blog with a lot of old news articles about this case. But he didn't provide links to the actual articles.
They provide a good level of information.


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I wonder how old the suspect was with the model aeroplanes? And what was the circumstances of the murder on his lawn years before?

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Even if the DNA had been contaminated, why not use it to identify Gerard? Surely by now the forensics could eliminate Gerard from the scene?

The initial investigation identified two persons of interest. Detectives felt so strongly about these men that it divided the taskforce.

One person of interest was written off early but came under renewed scrutiny when new information came to light. News.com.au does not know the nature of that information.

Police were ready to charge one local man after blood traces were found in his car and had been washed off a wall in a room at his home where he kept model aeroplanes. But the cleaning agent used prevented DNA from being extracted. Blood traces were also found at the suspect’s parent’s house.

The Director of Public Prosecutions wasn’t satisfied there was enough proof to proceed with charges.

Detectives re-examined their suspect “with fine tooth comb multiple times” but couldn’t find that extra skerrick of evidence they needed to get the DPP across the line.

The case was complicated by the fact that there’d been a murder at the house previously, even though it had occurred on the grass outside.

Police also made mistakes. DNA at that time was still a reasonably new investigative tool and samples were contaminated.
 

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Someone was familiar with the area. They felt comfortable enough to dump the body without being spotted. What time would have that been?

They could have dumped the body anywhere in there, but they chose that spot.


 
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Here is an approximation of the spot in a 2004 dataset, Body found 14 days later on October 28, 1997


 
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Why after 22 years has there not been a Coroners Inquiry into his abduction and murder? Daniel Morcome's father has advocated for an Inquiry to bring out information.

There was the suggestion that they thought they knew who abducted and murdered him, but this divided the investigators. Could it be a cops son, Vernon Silich who was living in Rockingham at the time was a suspect?

He certainly was a violent and criminal who killed eventually kicked to death both his mother and father at a later date. (Said he was sleepwalking with his steel capped boots on!)

Anyhow no excuses at all to have not had a Coroners Inquest.
 

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Why after 22 years has there not been a Coroners Inquiry into his abduction and murder? Daniel Morcome's father has advocated for an Inquiry to bring out information.

There was the suggestion that they thought they knew who abducted and murdered him, but this divided the investigators. Could it be a cops son, Vernon Silich who was living in Rockingham at the time was a suspect?

He certainly was a violent and criminal who killed eventually kicked to death both his mother and father at a later date. (Said he was sleepwalking with his steel capped boots on!)

Anyhow no excuses at all to have not had a Coroners Inquest.
Why would Vernin Silich abduct a boy then bash him to death?

He was on the same street as his holiday house. He was with his brother. He disappeared at 99 Kent st.

Why would anyone abduct a boy and bash him to death? Then dump him in a pine forest with no apparent sexual assault.

Gerard was not buried. Gerard was left on the side of a road where he would be found not far from a explosives dump.
 

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Kent is about 2500 metres long. It has about 250 addresses. Its about 30 minutes walk from one end to the other.

100 Kent street is about half way at about 15 minutes walk to either end.

Gerard musn't of been 5 minutes walk from his accommodation. Walks up street, abducted and bashed to death.
 
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I wonder how old the suspect was with the model aeroplanes? And what was the circumstances of the murder on his lawn years before?

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Still haven't been able to find anything about this death on a front lawn in Rockingham.

Someone stole a footpath once.
The first ever charges for glue sniffing.
A 14 year old boy was charged in relation to a death of a for year old girl.
A bloke who thought he would get a title was charged over a sexual assault.
That's it so far. We'll keep looking.


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Gerard and his family lived in the Pilbara town of Newman but were on holidays in Rockingham, staying at 105 Kent Street.

The last confirmed sighting of Gerard was "in the vicinity" of 99 Kent Street, just a few doors down.

 

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"Whilst police have spoken to almost 1200 witnesses during this investigation we believe there are others with information who have not yet come forward for their own reasons," Acting Detective Inspector Jon Munday said in January.

 

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Drug deal perhaps? Or something else?
His last known sighting was 5 houses away. This looks like he was targeted. He didn't get far. How far was the comic store?

My only thought, was his mother sent them down the street because they were making a racket. Maybe the noise pi**ed off a mentally unstable neighbour?


Gerard and his family lived in the Pilbara town of Newman but were on holidays in Rockingham, staying at 105 Kent Street.

The last confirmed sighting of Gerard was "in the vicinity" of 99 Kent Street, just a few doors down.

 

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His last known sighting was 5 houses away. This looks like he was targeted. He didn't get far. How far was the comic store?
A last sighting does not mean that was where he was abducted from. IMO it would be a mistake to make that assumption. Kids move fast and they take random actions, he could have decided to go another way or seen something that took his interest and run up another street.

Or a shortcut over fences.
 

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A last sighting does not mean that was where he was abducted from. IMO it would be a mistake to make that assumption. Kids move fast and they take random actions, he could have decided to go another way or seen something that took his interest and run up another street.
Or a shortcut over fences.
Last known sighting. Needs to get to Alexandria before detour

Point noted.

 
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The area was pretty popular with rally. QUIT rally etc were held down there. Just trying to build why someone have familiarity with the area at the back of the forest. William was left on a side park off the track.

 

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"At approximately 9.30am on Tuesday, 14 October 1997, Gerard and his brother left their accommodation heading to the local shopping centre on Kent Street."

 

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You do wonder with cases like this. Do creeps ever think about reincarnation? That they might come back in another lifetime & be abducted & murdered? Churches steer clear of the topic because it means that your future lifetime is brought about by how you act in this lifetime. The churches want to save you but sadly this is not the case. I hope he has reincarnated back again and some way make contact with his parents.
 
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