36th Anniversary – Elizabeth Herfort disappearance

Today (Monday, June 13) marks 36 years since Elizabeth Herfort went missing, yet despite the years that have passed police and family members remain hopeful that someone will come forward with information that will lead to this case being resolved.

Today (Monday, June 13) marks 36 years since Elizabeth Herfort went missing, yet despite the years that have passed, police and family members remain hopeful that someone will come forward with information that will lead to this case being resolved.

Elizabeth was last seen on June 13, 1980 at the Australian National University (ANU) Bar in Canberra. 

Between 9pm and 9.45pm that night a person fitting Elizabeth’s description was seen hitch-hiking on the southbound carriageway leading to Commonwealth Avenue. 

It’s believed this same person was then given a lift in a motor vehicle along Commonwealth Avenue to the intersection of Coronation Drive. 

Elizabeth failed to return home that night and has not been seen or heard from since.

“Police will always maintain hope that this case could come to a resolution if someone were to come forward with more information,” Criminal Investigations Detective Acting Sergeant Tristan Thexton said.

“It’s been 36 years ago since Elizabeth disappeared, someone could have seen something or heard something but has yet to come forward with that information.”

“We are appealing to those people to please come forward with your information no matter how small you believe that information may be, it could be the missing piece that helps us solve this case.”

“The lack of resolution or closure is one of the hardest aspects of a long-term missing person’s case and it’s something we know Elizabeth’s family has lived with since the day of her disappearance.”

Anyone who believes they have information regarding the disappearance of Elizabeth Herfort, is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Information can be provided anonymously.

For more information about reporting a missing person in the ACT, see our Missing Persons page.

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