Information caravan after 1986 abduction and sexual assault – Nunawading

Detectives from the Sexual Crimes Squad will today hold an information caravan in Nunawading and Ringwood East as part of the ongoing investigation into a 1986 abduction and sexual assault in Nunawading.

The caravan will be on Ashwood Drive, Nunawading between 7am and 10am, then on Mariana Avenue, Ringwood East (now in the area of Croydon South) between 10.30am and 1pm.

Police are encouraging anyone who has information about the incident to visit the caravan and speak to investigators.

The information caravan follows a public appeal last Sunday by detectives in relation to the incident.

A 19-year-old woman was walking along the footpath on Ashwood Drive about 9.30pm on the night of 26 March, 1986.

A vehicle, described as being possibly a white or silver Holden sedan, pulled up alongside her and she was dragged into the car with four men.

The victim was then blindfolded and gagged, as well as being threatened with a knife.

She was driven a short distance to an unknown property and then subsequently sexually assaulted by at least three men whilst still blindfolded.

The woman was then dumped on Mariana Avenue in Ringwood East sometime around midnight.

She managed to make her way to the Nunawading police station and reported the matter.

The abduction and sexual assault is also believed to be linked to a similar incident that occurred in South Yarra in 1985, and was also the subject of a recent public appeal.

In that incident, an 18-year-old school girl was dragged into a vehicle on Bray Street about 10pm on Friday, 22 November 1985.

She was also blindfolded and gagged, then taken to an unknown property and sexually assaulted before being dumped on Yarra Boulevard in Richmond some hours later.

A $350,000 reward is currently on offer for anyone with information about either or both of the incidents.

Police are also continuing to look for other similarly linked incidents and are particularly keen to speak to anyone who may have been victim of such an incident, but never reported it to police at the time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential crime report at


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