The electric blue boots which may be linked to the murder of Canberra woman Kathryn Grosvenor have been handed in to Police in Wagga Wagga at the weekend.
The boots — found in the Peter Street St. Vincent de Paul store — are similar to those worn by Kathryn Grosvenor, then 23, and last seen at her Nicholls home on Sunday, March 3, 2002.
Detective Superintendent Brett McCann, head of Criminal Investigations and original case officer for the Grosvenor murder said that while he remains cautious, the boots could steer the investigation — ongoing since 2002 — in a new direction.
“If these boots are found to be those of Kathryn Grosvenor, it will be a huge break in the case. They will be sent for forensics testing this week and we’ll hopefully know the outcome soon,” he said.
“We want to thank the women who immediately returned the boots once they heard we were looking for them. We continue to urge anyone with information — about the boots or the murder — to come forward.”
Kathryn’s body was discovered in Lake Burley Griffin on Saturday, March 9, 2002. She was 178cm tall, with a slim build and long brown/red hair. She was last seen wearing dark coloured hipster pants and electric blue platform shoes.
A reward of up to $250,000 will be paid at the discretion of the ACT Minister for Police and Emergency Services for information leading to the apprehension and subsequent conviction of the person(s) responsible for the murder of Kathryn Grosvenor.
An appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be considered for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who first provides the information. The grant of any such indemnity is at the discretion of the ACT Director of Public Prosecutions.
ACT Policing is yet to identify the person(s) who dropped off the boots at the St Vincent de Paul store in the first instance.
Police continue to urge anyone with information about the Kathryn Grosvenor murder, or the electric blue platform boots, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via the Crime Stoppers website on www.act.crimestoppers.com.au. Information can be provided anonymously.