David McWILLIAMS

  

 

Circumstances:

It is believed that David McWilliams, then aged 39, was murdered on either 29 or 30 July 1998 by criminal associates.

Information has been received that Mr McWilliams was shot and buried at an unknown location, possibly in the eastern region of country South Australia. The motive for Mr McWilliams' murder is believed to have been to silence him from boasting about his own and others involvement in the murder of Leo Daly, a criminal associate who allegedly owed money for drugs.

The suspected murders of Mr McWilliams, Leo Daly, Robert Pendergast and 15 year old Juan Morgan are being investigated by Major Crime Investigation Branch under the title of Operation Jarrah. It is believed those responsible for killing Mr McWilliams are also involved in the murders of Daly, Pendergast and Morgan.

The suspects for each of these murders are known to investigators however further information is required to provide further evidence that would lead to the charging and prosecution of these suspects.

If you have information that may assist police in the disappearance of David, please call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Case Date: July 29, 1998

Location: Brighton

REWARD $200,000

 

David McWilliams
Missing presumed murdered

It is believed that David McWilliams, aged 39, was murdered on either 29 or 30 July 1998 by criminal associates.

Information has been received that Mr McWilliams was shot and buried at an unknown location, possibly in the eastern region of country South Australia.

The motive for Mr McWilliams? murder is believed to have been to silence him from boasting about his own and others involvement in the murder of Leo Daly, a criminal associate who allegedly owed money for drugs.

The suspected murders of Mr McWilliams, Leo Daly, Robert Pendergast and 15 year old Juan Morgan are being investigated by Major Crime Investigation Branch under the title of Operation Jarrah.

It is believed those responsible for killing Mr McWilliams are also involved in the murders of Daly, Pendergast and Morgan.

The suspects for each of these murders are known to investigators however further information is required to provide further evidence that would lead to the charging and prosecution of these suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on
1 800 333 000, on-line or email an investigator.

Reference Number: MCIB CM00/05

Three bodies may be in Murraylands

Police are on the hunt for a suspected serial killer who could have buried three bodies in the Murraylands or Mallee in the 1990s.

Juan Morgan, David McWilliams and Robert Pendergast are believed to have been murdered in the 1990s and their bodies buried in the eastern region of country South Australia.

A fourth man, Leo Daly, is believed to have been taken out to sea, shot and thrown overboard in April 1998 by the same suspect.

While suspects for each of the presumed murders are known to police, they do not have enough information to charge and prosecute those responsible.

 

Major Crime Branch senior detective Mark McEachern said police believed the same man was responsible for murdering members of a drug network.

"The only information investigators have is that three of the victims (Juan Morgan, David McWilliams and Robert Pendergast) may be have been disposed of east of Adelaide but as far as a region goes, we cannot be more specific," he said.

"A search was conducted at the Ferries McDonald National Park, near Monarto in 1999, but nothing was located and that area could not be further advanced."

David McWilliams was 39 when he was believed to have been murdered on either July 29 or 30, 1998.

Police have received information that Mr McWilliams was shot and buried at an unknown location, possibly in the eastern region of country South Australia.

He is believed to have been murdered to stop his boasting about the involvement of he and others in the murder of Leo Daly.

Robert Pendergast was 31 when his mother reported him missing on May 27, 1999.

She last spoke with him on February 6, 1999 when he was staying in Adelaide but he has not been seen or heard from since.

New South Wales police arrested Mr Pendergast in April 1998 for cannabis trafficking and he reportedly stayed with criminal associates in Adelaide during 1999.

It is believed at least two of the associates were responsible for his murder, thought to be due to a drug debt.

Police believe Mr Pendergast was shot and buried at a country location somewhere east of Adelaide.

Juan Morgan, 15, was identified as missing by police in 1999 during investigations into the disappearances of David McWilliams, Leo Daly and Robert Pendergast.

It is believed soon after February 25, 1992 Morgan was taken to an unknown location, possibly in the eastern region of country South Australia, where he was shot, killed and buried because he stole a car from a criminal associate and damaged property.

-?Details: If you have any information that may help police, contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or report online at sa.crimestoppers. com.au.

You can remain anonymous and there is $1.6 million worth of rewards on offer for information that leads to an arrest.