A forensic officer examines a Datsun Stanza as part of the investigation into the death of Penny Hill. Photo: NSW POLICE MEDIAA DARK blue Datsun Stanza could hold the key to solving the murder of a woman in western NSW more than 20 years ago.
NSW Police have uncovered fresh leads into the murder of Penny Hill at Coolah in 1991, and are seeking information about the vehicle as part of their investigation.
Penny was aged 20 when she was found unconscious with severe head and facial injuries near Coolah early in the morning of July 8, 1991. She did not regain consciousness and died in hospital two weeks later.
In 2008, the Western Region Unsolved Homicide team began further investigations into Penny’s murder and a second inquest was conducted in 2012.
Since then, detectives have received new information that a car seen at the motel and in the Coolah township on the night Penny was assaulted could have been a Datsun Stanza, not a Commodore as previously believed.
Investigators have begun examining a Datsun Stanza similar to the vehicle described with further examinations expected to be conducted over the next few weeks.
During the investigation, police also collected DNA samples from several men to compare with a DNA profile found in the motel room last occupied by Penny. Unsolved Homicide investigator Detective Sergeant Jason Darcy has renewed an appeal for anyone with information about Ms Hill’s death to come forward.
“Investigators wish to speak with any person in Coolah who may have seen a dark blue Datsun Stanza in Coolah on the weekend Penny was assaulted,” he said.
“We believe a number of persons may not have come forward because a different vehicle was originally reported.” Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.
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