27 May 2024

Police investigate sighting of Pauline Sowry in Holden Kingswood 30 years ago

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Missing woman Pauline Sowry.

Pauline Sowry was last seen in 1993. Police are investigating a possible sighting of her in a vehicle similar to this 1968 Holden HK Kingswood sedan. Photos: NSW Police.

A white 1968 Holden Kingswood in pristine condition may hold the key to the disappearance of Wollongong woman Pauline Sowry more than 30 years ago.

The last confirmed sighting of Pauline, also known by her married name of Pauline Lawrence, was in Wollongong’s northern suburbs in December 1993.

In March this year, the NSW Government and NSW Police announced a $500,000 reward for information.

As a result of the appeal, police received information that Pauline, who was 49 when she disappeared, was sighted south of Wollongong in a vehicle similar to a 1968 Holden HK Kingswood sedan.

When the reward was announced, one of Pauline’s sons, Jason Lawrence, said he hoped it would prompt someone who knew something to come forward.

READ ALSO Reward announced for information into Pauline Sowry’s 1993 disappearance from Wollongong region

“Mum has missed the birth of her five grandchildren and my niece,” he said.

“There is a lot of happy memories that she has missed in the past 30 years, and we want to bring her home, or know what happened to her.

“My family and I plead with the public, if you have any information, to please come forward and give our family answers.”

Despite extensive investigations since, her whereabouts remain unknown.

A Coronial inquest in 2008 found that 49-year-old Pauline had died, most likely after an unconfirmed sighting in 1994.

Anyone who recognises the vehicle, or knows someone who owned a vehicle fitting this description at the time of Pauline’s disappearance, is urged to contact Wollongong Police or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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