Sister unpacks teddy of murdered teen after 26 years
IT HAS taken 26 years for Linda Mason, the sister of murdered teenager Annette Jane Mason, to open a box of one of her sister's teddies.
She said the small blue bear was boxed away since Annette's death in 1989, but it was time to bring it back out.
"We put most of her teddies in her casket, but I saved this one, it was little and reminded me of her," she said.
"I've never taken it out because it was just too painful... but I'm ready to start remembering again."
A group of walkers adorned in yellow started at Clifford Gardens Shopping Centre and walked a path to Queens Park in memory of Annette.
Balloons were let go at the park after the hour-and-a-half walk of remembrance.
Ms Mason said it meant a great deal to the family to have the support of Toowoomba residents joining the walk.
"It's a reminder to everyone to remember Annette. We're still fighting for justice and still pushing for an inquest," she said.
"She was the most loving, quiet peaceful person and for something so tragic to happen is unfathomable, and to have no answers 26 years later is beyond comprehension...she deserves so much better."
Annette Jane Mason's body was found concealed under the doona in the sunroom of an Anzac Ave house she shared with two other women on November 19, 1989.
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.