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Arrest warrant issued for person of interest in cold case murder

July 31, 2023 10:08 am in by

Detectives from the Homicide Cold Case Investigation Team have obtained an arrest warrant for a 70-year-old man in relation to the 1997 murder of Meaghan Louise Rose on the Sunshine Coast.

25 year-old Ms Rose was found dead at the bottom of Point Cartwright cliffs 26 year’s ago.

Her death was originally ruled a suicide but new evidence led to a $500,000 reward being offered last month.

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On June 25, detectives spoke to Keith Lees in Victoria, however, the former de-facto partner of Ms Rose disappeared the next day.

Police want to speak to Keith Lees

The following the day, his vehicle was located abandoned at Portland, with Victoria Police commencing a search and rescue operation.

Police said Mr Lees provided a false name when spoken to by police later that day in Port Fairy, Victoria.

Investigations have identified that Mr Lees was seen at a Waurn Ponds shopping centre on June 27 where he purchased new clothes.

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He was further sighted leaving Shepparton train station on June 27 and was also seen wearing a distinctive black and white jacket.

Mr Lees at the train station.
And later boarding a bus.

CCTV footage and photos of him have been released showing him in different locations around Victoria. See below.

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