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The disappearance of Rachel Antonio

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016

A TIMELINE OF THE DISAPPEARANCE OF RACHEL ANTONIO:

April 1998: Rachel Antonio, 16, reported missing by her parents in Bowen

December 1998: Former surf lifesaver Robert Hytch charged with Rachel's murder

November 1999: Hytch found guilty of manslaughter and sentenced to nine years jail

May 2000: An appeal of Hytch's conviction begins

August 2000: Hytch's conviction overturned and a new trial ordered

June 2001: Hytch acquitted following retrial at Townsville Supreme Court

January 2002: Perjury charges against Hytch's mother Sheila are dismissed by Townsville Magistrates Court

October 2011: Rachel's parents Ian and Cheryl Antonio request a coronial inquest into their daughter's disappearance

December 2012: Coronial inquest granted

March 2014: Police offer reward of $250,000 for information leading to the location of Rachel's remains

July 2014: Inquest into Rachel's disappearance begins and lasts for three weeks before it is adjourned

June 2015: Inquest resumes, with Hytch appearing and again denying having any knowledge of Rachel's whereabouts

July 2016: Coroner David O'Connell finds Rachel was in a sexual relationship with Hytch, despite his denials, and that she died following a physical altercation with him. Refers Hytch's evidence regarding the relationship denials to DPP for possible perjury offences

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