Justice for Janine

Someone knows the truth about missing Bathurst woman Janine Vaughan.

Welcome to this special edition of the Ladies Of Lithgow. I’m Lisa VanderTait and I’m here to discuss the disappearance of a young Central West woman. Bubbly and bright Janine Vaughan has not been seen since getting into a car after a night out at a local nightclub in Bathurst in 2001. The popular menswear store manager was thought to have been offered a lift by someone in Keppel Street, Bathurst. The 31-year-old had spent the evening out with friends and, in a strange coincidence, she also lost her handbag that night. Janine was without money after the suspected theft, so it seems plausible she accepted a lift home that night because it was raining. This case is close to our hearts because Eskbank and I grew up in Lithgow, which is about half an hour away. I went to university in Bathurst, so Janine was walking the same streets we did around that time. Her family, her friends and her workmates have not heard a word from her since that night, December 7, 2001. A coronial inquest conducted in 2009 found Ms Vaughan had died but her cause of death remained undetermined. Her body has not been located. Police have recently taken the unprecedented step of offering a $1 million reward for information leading to the conviction of people or a person who were involved in Janine’s disappearance. Detectives from the unsolved homicide unit established a strike force in 2013 to re-investigate the case. Police also seized a red car in 2008, which they believe may yield some DNA hints about Janine's disappearance. Homicide Squad Commander, Detective Superintendent Scott Cook, says the reward is another opportunity to appeal to those who may have otherwise been disinclined to talk or to come forward. Investigators have been meticulously working through what happened to Janine in the moments leading up to and after she got into the red car that morning. Police know about 10 minutes before Janine was seen getting into the car, another woman was approached about 750m away by a man in what police believe is the same vehicle. Someone knows something, so please share this episode. This case demonstrates how women cannot always go about their business without violence or threats.  Anyone with information should call Crimestoppers on 1800333000. Or visit or call your local police station. This case has many twists interns and the Vaughan family have been fighting for justice for many years. Please help them. (I need to state upfront that I have met one of the suspects in this case. He was a photographer at my friends’s wedding in 1997. I haven’t met him since.)

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