THE family of missing Bathurst woman Janine Vaughan are coming to Bathurst this week, as they continue their search to find out the truth about what happened to the bubbly store manager, who vanished without a trace almost 17 years ago.
Janine Vaughan was last seen around 4am on Friday 7 December 2001 in Keppel Street, Bathurst, getting into a red four door medium size sedan similar to a Mitsubishi Magna or a Toyota Camry.
Janine has not been seen or heard from since she got into the car.
What happened to her has been the subject of two police investigations, an inquest and a Police Integrity Commission hearing, yet her family are no closer to finding out the truth.
Her sister, Kylie Spelde, described Janine’s disappearance as a 17-year-long nightmare, which will continue for her family until they find out what happened to a beloved daughter, sister, friend and aunt.
With Missing Person’s Week underway Kylie, and her brother Adam Vaughan are coming to Bathurst on Tuesday, hoping anyone with information on their sister’s abduction might speak with them.
Ms Spelde said they were heading to Bathurst specifically to meet with people, and were hoping they would make contact via Facebook messenger to make arrangements to meet up.
She said they are happy to speak with anyone who has information, regardless of how insignificant their information may seem.
Ms Spelde said it doesn’t matter if people have already spoken to police, saying “we’re open to hearing from anyone.”
On Monday, they put a post up on the Bathurst Crime Watch Facebook page asking people to come forward, with Ms Spelde saying the family are still desperately looking for answers.
It’s not the first time Janine’s family have taken it upon themselves to investigate Janine’s disappearance, in 2012, frustrated by a lack of development in Janine’s case the family put an ad in the classifieds of the Western Advocate asking for help from the community.
A spokesperson for the homicide squad, which has carriage of the investigation said Janine’s disappearance continues to be investigated under Strike Force Toko II and detectives are actively pursuing lines of inquiry.
“We are committed to getting justice for Janine and will continue until we have answers,” they said.
A $100,000 reward stands for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Janine Vaughan’s killer.