Acting Supt Darryl Johnson and Det Sgt David Nichol at Springbrook yesterday.
Acting Supt Darryl Johnson and Det Sgt David Nichol at Springbrook yesterday.

Blood sample may hold murder clue

POLICE are intensifying their inqui- ries in Murwillumbah following a% major breakthrough in the investiga- tion of a brutal Gold Coast murder. A vital blood sample could be the key to solving the slaying of a young couple eight years ago, police said yesterday. Anne-Maree Kropp, 24 and Chris- topher Nancarrow, 27 were murdered in a violent attack at their Spring- brook home in the Gold Coast hinter- land in 1999. Murwillumbah and the Gold Coast were at the centre of a recently% revived police investigation into the violent deaths after fresh leads emerged in the case. At a press conference yesterday at the couple's former home, Brisbane- based homicide detectives said they were hopeful of making a DNA match following further analysis of a blood sample taken from the couple's home. The Daily News understands the mixed sample also contains traces of the couple's blood. "An increase in forensic techno-% logy has allowed police to further this investigation to the point that we're quite confident of getting identifica- tion," Acting Superintendent Darryl Johnson said. --------------- --------------- The new evidence has given detec- tives fresh hopes of making an arrest in the baffling double- murder case, for which there is still no known% motive. The revelations follow confirma- tion of a connection between the mur- ders and outlaw motorcycle gangs from the Gold Coast and northern NSW. Detective Sergeant David Nicoll said police would be stepping up their investigations in the Murwillumbah area in light of the new evidence. "We believe the answer to these murders lies in northern NSW, and we will be conducting various in-% quiries in this area, including Mur- willumbah in the coming days and weeks," he said. Det Sgt Nicoll said all earlier sus- pects generated in the early years of the police investigation had now been eliminated. A witness, who saw two men in the couple's carport provided police with a comfit likeness of one of the men earlier this year in what was hailed as another major breakthrough. Police are continuing to seek the public's help in solving the case. "We're of the belief that members of the community know who commit- ted this heinous crime and we would ask them to come forward with that information," Act Supt Johnson said.



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