Julie Cutler disappearance: conversations prompt police to re-search dunes

Police searching the dunes in Cottesloe this morning. Photo: Andrew Ritchie
Police searching the dunes in Cottesloe this morning. Photo: Andrew Ritchie

POLICE are using axes and pickaxes to break through dune vegetation in the search for evidence relating to the 1988 disappearance of Julie Cutler.

The search is taking place in sand dunes south of Dutch Inn, Cottesloe this morning.

Police searching the dunes in Cottesloe. Photo: Jon Bassett

“This search is a result of some items dismissed in 1997 as not being Julie’s, (which now may) be Julie’s,” Det Sgt Gailene Hamilton said.

Photo: Jon Bassett

Those items were initially found by a member of the public in 1996 but were destroyed by police as part of normal procedure later.

The items found included a purse.

Photo: Andrew Ritchie

Det Sgt Hamilton said the current search area related to those items found in 1996, which were “slightly” buried.

She would not comment on whether Miss Cutler’s disappearance was related to the alleged Claremont serial killer.

Photo: Jon Bassett

Police called for information about Miss Cutler’s disappearance in June.

Det Sgt Hamilton said today’s search was the result of talking to family and friends of Miss Cutler.

He said one of the items found in 1996 was the young woman’s daily diary.

“We are just looking for items in relation to Julie,” she said.

The area was searched in 2002 but no new evidence was found at the time.

Police do not expect to find human remains.