Police to search Bellevue Hill, Bondi Beach, Potts Point locations for signs of missing model Revelle Balmain
A fresh search into the disappearance of model Revelle Balmain is set to begin at three locations across Sydney believed to be linked to her disappearance 27 years ago.
NSW Police will search three eastern Sydney properties, including her former home Bellevue Hill, a hotel at Bondi Beach and a brothel in Potts Point on Tuesday in the hope of finding evidence to help with the case.
A new coronial inquest into Ms Balmain’s disappearance will also begin in 2022 with new lines of inquiry.
Ms Balmain was just 22 when she disappeared from the Kingsford area on November 5, 1994. The young model’s make-up bag, keys and a shoe were later found scattered near Ainslie St.
She was reported missing that same evening and has not been seen or heard from since.
While police have continuously investigated over the years, no one has been charged in relation to the woman’s disappearance.
A $1m reward for information was announced in May in the hope of someone with information coming forward.
A coronial inquest in 1999 found Ms Balmain died at the hands of a person or persons unknown, with the matter then being referred to the unsolved homicide unit.
A formal review of the case was conducted last year, and it was assigned to a senior detective from the Central Metropolitan Region for reinvestigation under Strike Force Aramac.
Strike Force Aramac lead investigator Detective Chief Inspector Stuart Bell said police were reviewing all previous evidence as well as new lines of inquiry.
“This includes whether Revelle was scheduled to meet with any individuals – clients, friends or associates – previously unknown to police on the evening of her disappearance,” Inspector Bell said.
“The locations that are being searched today will be subject to an extensive forensic examination by specialist officers.
“We are now exploring a new line of inquiry and believe these locations are of significance and will help us progress the investigation.”
Inspector Bell said police were “exploring all avenues”.
“I want finalisation for the family,” he said.
Inspector Bell is urging anyone with information to contact police so he can provide the answers to Ms Balmain’s family.
A date for the new coronial inquest has not been set, but it is expected to begin in the second half of 2022.
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