Julie Cutler disappearance: Cold Case Homicide Squad police to search sand dunes in Cottesloe

Julie Cutler.
Julie Cutler.

COLD Case Homicide Squad detectives will search sand dunes in Cottesloe today as part of their investigation into the disappearance of 21-year-old Julie Cutler in 1988.

The search comes off the back of a fresh appeal for information back in June relating to Miss Cutler’s disappearance, including a $250,000 reward for information that helps solve the mystery.

June marked 30 years since she disappeared after leaving a staff function at the Parmelia Hilton in Perth.

Detective Sergeant Gailene Hamilton said Miss Cutler’s Fiat sedan was found in the surf at Cottesloe Beach on June 22, 1988.

“In October 1996, a member of the public located a number of personal items including a purse and diary in sand dunes about 1km south of where Julie’s car was recovered,” she said.

“These items were handed to police in early 1997, however, following inquiries with people who knew Julie, they were dismissed as not being hers.”

A 2002 search of the sand dunes found no new evidence.

The Cold Case Homicide Squad’s review of the disappearance then established the items may have actually belonged to Miss Cutler.

“These inquiries, combined with the proximity to where Julie’s car was recovered, are why we are again searching the Cottesloe area, and we are looking for other items that may assist with this investigation,” Det Sgt Hamilton said.

“This has been a long and distressing period for Julie’s family and friends, and we are hoping to resolve this matter for them.

“Any information, no matter how insignificant it may seem in isolation, may be crucial in the context of the broader investigation and we urged anyone with information to come forward.”

A timeline of Julie Cutler’s disappearance

June 19, 1988:
Julie attends a staff function at Julianna’s Nightclub, located inside the Parmelia Hilton
Julie leaves the function, which about 180 people attended, with a female colleague and walks to her car.
Julie and the colleague part ways, and Julie returns to the function.
Detectives are keen to speak to anyone who was at the function.

The Parmelia Hilton.

June 20, 1988:
Julie returns to her Fiat sedan in a staff car park about 12.30am, and drives away from the hotel.
This is the last confirmed sighting of Julie.

June 22, 1988:
Julie’s Fiat sedan is retrieved from Cottesloe Beach.

Julie Cutler’s Fiat, which was found in the surf at Cottesloe Beach.