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Schoolgirl killer to be charged with murder of tragic backpacker who vanished 19 years ago

Mirror logo Mirror 13/03/2017 Ross Logan
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A convicted murderer jailed for killing a schoolgirl may also have been responsible for the deaths of two other women, including a British backpacker.

Derek Sam is serving a life sentence for the murder of 16-year-old Jessica Gaudie in Queensland, Australia, in 1999.

But now Sam could be charged him with two other murders including that of British backpacker Celena Bridge, who was 28 when she disappeared after walking along Booloumba Creek Road in the Sunshine Coast on July 16, 1998.

It comes after Queensland police opened cold case reviews of two unsolved murders committed around the same time.

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Celena was 28 when she disappeared after walking along Booloumba Creek Road in the Sunshine Coast on July 16, 1998.

She had been due to meet her fiancé Jonathan Webb, another British national, after he arrived in Australia to continue their holiday together.

He reported her missing on August 10 after she failed to meet him.

Her body has never been found.

Credits: QUEENSLAND POLICE © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: QUEENSLAND POLICE The second woman, 46-year-old Sabrina Glassop, disappeared from her home on that same road on May 28, 1999, along with her pet poodle.

Her parents, who lived in a caravan next to her house, reported hearing her car being driven off quickly on the night she vanished.

It was later found 500 metres from her home.

No trace of Mrs Glassop or her dog have ever been found.

In 2002, a coroner ruled both women had been murdered "having met with foul play resulting in their untimely deaths" .

Last year, Sam was taken out of jail and escorted by police back to Booloumba Creek Road, but he denied any inlovment in the double dissappearence.

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Jessica Gaudie's sister Tammy told 9NEWS she believed all three victims were "together somewhere".

Her mother Pauline added: "I would like him (Sam) to tell us where she is. But I don't think he will."

Police suspect Sam of sexually assaulting the women before strangling them and hiding their bodies.

Detectives are now preparing to present a body of evidence to the Director of Public Prosecutions.

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