Detective believes wife’s pregnant cousin was ‘first victim of ‘backpacker murderer’


 A retired British detective says he has found evidence his wife’s pregnant cousin was the first victim of Australia’s most notorious serial killer known as the ‘backpacker murderer.’

Keren Rowland disappeared aged 20 on February 27, 1971, and her body was found three months later in a nearby pine forest.

Her family, which includes members in Borth, Wales, have pushed police about the investigation for the past 50 years but say no answers have been forthcoming.

But retired Detective Sergeant Hugh Hughes, a former UK police officer who is married to Keren’s Australian cousin Andrea, has been examining the case.

He has been working with Keren’s brother, Steve, to press the Australian Capital Territory Police for a review.


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