Fresh Bid To Solve Cold-Case Qld Murder
Distressing secrets shared by a Queensland woman just before she was murdered could hold the key to finding her killer 34 years later.
Leslie Patricia Larkin was brutally attacked and left for dead at her Noosa Heads unit on November 9, 1984.
The 31-year-old yoga instructor died in hospital the next day, after a neighbour found her lying naked, with severe head injuries, in a bedroom.
Ms Larkin's front door was open. But there were no signs of a struggle. And her family says she wasn't sexually assaulted.
When the neighbour went inside the unit, he found a crime scene so bloody that police believe the killer must also have been covered in it.
Detectives are desperate to hear from those who were closest to Ms Larkin, and who might know details of the incidents that marred Ms Larkin's life before she was killed.
"The information provided to us is that Ms Larkin had experienced some distressing incidents in the weeks prior to her death. We believe Ms Larkin confided in the people closest to her about these incidents," Detective Inspector Dave Drinnen said on Wednesday.
"We ... appeal to those close to Ms Larkin as well as anyone else who may have information to come forward."
A reward of $250,000 remains on offer for information that leads to Ms Larkin's killer.
Police will provide further details about the case later on Wednesday.
Ms Larkin's family still hope they might finally get the answers they so desperately want.
"Lesley was a beautiful young woman - vivacious, happy, friendly, with a great wide smile and gentle brown eyes," sister Juanita Wotherspoon told The Sunshine Coast Daily a few years ago, on the 30th anniversary of the murder.
"She did not deserve this. We still wait hoping that one day we will know who and why."