‘Is There Anyone Alive Who Knows?’: Teenage Girl’s Sister Murdered And Buried On Her 17th Birthday Vows To Finally Find Justice – With The Mystery STILL Unsolved After 47 Years
- Michelle Riley and her best friend Gabriele Jahnke were murdered in 1973
- The murder remains unsolved, while sister Tracey Riley is still looking for closure
- Police said at the time girls were killed while hitchhiking by an ‘insane maniac’
The sister of a teenage girl who was murdered nearly 50 years ago refuses to give up hope that the killer will one day get justice.
Michelle Riley, 16, and her best friend, Gabriele Jahnke, 19, were last seen getting out of a cab near the Brisbane CBD on October 6, 1973, around 10:00 AM.
A week later, two children came across Mrs. Jahnke’s body in an embankment along the Pacific Highway near Ormeau.
16-year-old Michelle Riley (pictured) was murdered just before her 17th birthday in 1973
Her best friend, 19-year-old Gabriele Jahnke (pictured), was also killed – murders of both Brisbane women remain unsolved
On October 23, Mrs. Riley’s body was found behind broken bushes on the Mount Tamborine Highway, south of Logan Village – about 15 miles away.
At the time, Queensland police said that while hitchhiking, both women were most likely met by a “ madman ”.
Tracey Riley is now 55 and her sibling quest for justice has not wavered.
“We buried Michelle on her 17th birthday, she would have been 64 on Thursday,” she told the Courier mail.
‘I often wonder if our grandchildren would have played together, things like that just make it so difficult.
‘We always thought it would come out, but it will be so long, 47 years. Is there anyone alive who knows? ‘
Mrs. Riley has devastated her close-knit family.
Her grieving mother suffered a nervous breakdown after the murder, and her older brothers switched to alcohol. Her older sister suffered from drug addiction.
A Queensland police spokesperson confirmed the murder investigation into the remains, with a reward of $ 250,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person responsible for the murders.