Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans were murdered in the Murphys Creek area in 1974.
Sydney nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans were murdered in the Murphys Creek area in 1974. The Chronicle Archives

Persons of interest to front murder inquiry today

THE families of two murdered nurses Lorraine Wilson and Wendy Evans will today get to hear from three "persons of interest" associated with the deaths of the young women.

Desmond Roy Hilton, Allan Neil Laurie and Terrance James O'Neill have been called to give evidence at the coronial inquiry into the deaths of Ms Wilson, 20, and Ms Evans, 18.

Four other persons of interest identified at a pre-inquest hearing - Allan John "Shorty" Laurie, Wayne Hilton, Donald Laurie and Larry Charles had since died.

Lorraine Wilson's brother Eric Wilson, who had attended each day of the inquest, told The Chronicle he had been preparing himself for this day when he would see and hear from those persons of interest.

The two nurses from St George Hospital in Kogarah, Sydney, had headed to Queensland for a brief holiday in September 1974 but Ms Wilson's Volkswagen Beetle broke down at Goondiwindi and the two girls hitch hiked to Brisbane where they stayed a few days with Ms Evans' sister Susan and her family.

Despite her sister's pleas not to hitch hike back, Ms Evans and Ms Wilson hitch hiked from Brisbane and were never seen alive again.

A number of people who had seen two women fitting their descriptions struggling with a group of men on the Toowoomba Range Hwy about that time have given evidence at the inquiry.

The skeletal remains of the two women were found in thick bushland at the foot of the Toowoomba Range in a paddock off Murphys Creek Rd in June 1976.

This inquiry hopes to identify those responsible for the murders.

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