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Woman Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted By Man At Centre Of Beaumont Children Case

Following news that a possible burial ground has been discovered

On Australia Day of 1966, the three Beaumont children went missing from Adelaide’s Glenelg beach. Today, 52 years on, police prepare to conduct a fresh search for their remains in light of new evidence in one of Australia’s most compelling cold cases.

Investigations into the disappearance of siblings Jane, nine, Arnna, seven, and four-year-old Grant Beaumont led detectives to excavate a North Plympton factory site in 1966 following instructions from a Dutch clairvoyant, the ABC reports, and again in 2013, but both searches proved futile.

Local businessman Harry Phipps, who owned the factory in question and who died in 2004, is now the key suspect. His estranged son claims to have seen the Beaumont children in the backyard of their house the day they disappeared, 7 News reports – a home that was just 250 metres from the beach.

Now, a woman has come forward with allegations that she was sexually assaulted by lead suspect Phipps in 1979. 

The woman, referred to as Linda, has told Channel 7 that she encountered Phipps when she was 14-years-old and heading home from a friends house. She was dressed in her school uniform at the time. 

“He just walked me across the road and was just saying that, you know, you’re a really pretty girl, I’ve seen you around and I just went with him,” she told Michael Usher in an investigation set to air at 9pm on Wednesday. 

“He wasn’t horrible; he wasn’t nasty.”


Linda says she followed the man to a vacant block but it was there his demeanour shifted. 

“It was really terrible, he sorta started getting really slimy, really dirty talk and things like that,” she alleges. 

Linda said that Phipps then sexually assaulted her, a horrifying incident that she “couldn’t tell anyone because I was too scared of them telling my father.”

Decades after the Beaumont children’s disappearance, police are set to return to a different area of Phipps’ factory site to begin new excavations. This follows a review by SA Police’s Major Crime Investigation Branch last year, combined with fresh evidence supplied by Channel 7, which conducted its own year-long investigation using never-before-tried technology. 

The Channel 7 investigation identified an area of disturbed earth one metre wide, two metres long and two metres deep which hadn’t been discovered previously. It is thought to be the potential grave site of the Beaumont children, and has tonight been made a crime scene, 7 News reports.

The Beaumont children were assumed to be abducted and murdered, and were last seen playing with a man on the beach.

“He was a paedophile. He was a predatory paedophile,” Former South Australia Police Detective Bill Hayes told 7 News. “He was a dangerous man, we know that.”

Police will conduct a thorough search of the site in the coming weeks.

Seven News Investigates – The Beaumont Children: What Really Happened airs on Wednesday at 9.00pm on Seven and

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