Rachel Antonio findings confirm what police believed
BOWEN CIB officer in charge Detective Sergeant Mark Inmon says he believes the findings of an inquest into the death of Rachel Antonio could encourage more witnesses to come forward.
Det Sgt Inmon said the findings of the inquest, delivered at the Coroners Court of Queensland in Bowen today, had "established what (Bowen police) have always believed".
"It's given us an opportunity to have all the evidence, statements and interviews and exhibits reviewed and scrutinised," he said.
"The findings confirm what investigators have gathered throughout the 18 years… that gives us confidence that our investigations have been thorough."
Det Sgt Inmon has been investigating the case of Bowen schoolgirl Rachel Antonio since she disappeared in 1998.
He said now the "missing link" was finding Rachel's remains.
"That will be the focus as we continue investigations," he said.
"One thing the inquest will do is reinforce what investigators have been saying for 18 years.
"That may just encourage people who were fence-sitting… to come forward. I hope that is the case."
Speaking after the findings were delivered today, Rachel Antonio's parents Ian and Cheryl Antonio thanked Det Sgt Inmon for his work on the case.
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