Police and family make appeal in Gaye Baker cold case

Family members have joined police to appeal for public assistance relating to the suspected murder of Gaye Christine Baker who was last seen alive at Clayfield on July 2, 1972.

At the time of her disappearance, 23-year-old Gaye Baker, a fulltime Corporal in the Women’s Royal Australian Air Force (WRAAF), was due to meet a man in Clayfield after taking a second job as a hostess.

On the morning of July 2 1972 Gaye Baker was due to meet her first ever client, a man who called himself John Taylor to the agency that made the booking, ABCO Services of Fortitude Valley. Gaye was booked to work as a hostess for a pool party at a Clayfield residence.

It is believed she was last seen alive around 9.30am on July 2 1972 when parking her 1971 yellow Datsun 1200 sedan in Bayview Terrace, Clayfield. She has not been seen since.

Gaye was reported missing shortly after she failed to report for work at the WRAAF on July 3 1972. Her Datsun was found the following day parked at Clayfield.

Detective Senior Sergeant Tara Kentwell of Homicide’s Cold Case Investigation Team said through the renewed public appeal it is hoped new information will be received to help solve the case and bring offenders to justice.

“It’s been 47 years since Gaye Baker was last seen alive and we are urging anyone with information, even if they spoke to police at the time, to come forward and give Gaye’s family some closure.

“We are particularly interested in hear from those who were in the area at the time who may have seen Gaye, or a vehicle seen near Gaye’s car on Bayview Terrace, described as a dark brown or maroon Holden Monaro or Valiant Charger,” Detective Senior Sergeant Tara Kentwell said.

Gaye Baker was described as 157cm tall with long dark curly hair and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing light coloured blue jeans, a navy-blue blouse, white heeled sandals and carrying a silver purse.

A Government reward of $250,000 has been issued for information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder.

The reward further offers an opportunity for indemnity against prosecution for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the murder, who first gives such information.

If you have information for police, contact Policelink on 131 444 or provide information using the online form 24hrs per day.

You can report information about crime anonymously to Crime Stoppers, a registered charity and community volunteer organisation, by calling 1800 333 000 or via crimestoppersqld.com.au 24hrs per day.

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