Queensland Police have made a breakthrough with a 55-year-cold case, today charging an 80-year-old man – named by multiple reports as Vincent O’Dempsey – for the murder of Vincent Raymond Allen in 1964.
The Wacol resident is set to appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Tuesday in relation to the murder in the Queensland town of Warwick over five decades ago. Vincent was last seen in a Holden sedan on Grafton Street in Warwick in April of 1964. He never showed up to a game with the Eastern Suburbs rugby league team.
Speaking about the ground-breaking discovery in a media conference on Tuesday afternoon Detective Senior Sergeant Tara Kentwell said they believe it could be the oldest cold case to be solved in Australia’s history. The detective could not provided further details on the 80-year-old man charged but commended police for their hard work in reaching this point in the case.
“I would caution any person out there responsible for a cold case murders to take no solace in the passage of time. This arrest is an example of our unwavering commitment to review and investigate Queensland’s unsolved homicides and to bring offenders to justice. Even after 55 years, murders can be solved,” she said.
The charge comes months after the Minister for Police and Corrective Services confirmed a $250,000 reward for information relating to the murder of Vincent. It formed an important component of the cold case review being conducted by investigators from the Homicide Cold Case Investigation Team and Brisbane region.
Vincent was last seen alive in a vehicle driven by a known associated man at around 5pm on April 18, 1964. He was never seen again and sadly despite a thorough investigation, his body was never located.
“A coronial hearing in February 1980 supported the police view and on April 2, 198o the State Coroner declared Allen to be deceased and that his death had likely occurred in the Warwick area,” Queensland Police confirmed in a statement on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, a $250,000 reward still remains on offer for further information which leads to the apprehension and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Vincent. In addition, Queensland Police have promised an appropriate indemnity from prosecution will be recommended for any accomplice, not being the person who actually committed the crime, who gives such information.
“I am more than confident there are still people out there who hold information relating to this crime or those persons involved. I strongly urge them to come forward to us and provide that information,” Kentwell added.