Just eight months after Tracey Howard was murdered, another local woman was killed and police are still no closer to finding out who is responsible.
On June 25 1999, Buninyong mother Belinda Williams, 36, said goodbye to two girlfriends before they left her Elizabeth Street home at 9.30pm. The young mother then tucked her daughter, 6, into bed and read her fairytales before she fell asleep. It was the first night of the school holidays and the last time anyone remembers seeing her alive. Ms Williams was found dead on the Mt Buninyong Access Road by bush walkers on July 9, 1999. Her murder has never been solved. Despite a $500,000 reward, police are still no closer to finding the person – or people – responsible for her death. Her mother Shirley Macey has been desperate for an arrest and conviction to help ease the pain of her daughter’s tragic death, but 13 years on – her pain lingers. “I was just devastated and I’m still devastated,” she said.
“It’s half a million dollars – it’s a lot of money so hopefully somebody takes the reward.”
Anyone with information about Belinda’s murder can call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.