Police remain committed to solving 25 year-old murder

Catherine Holmes and Georgina Watmore.
Catherine Holmes and Georgina Watmore.

It’s been 25 years since Catherine Holmes and Georgina Watmore were bludgeoned to death in Cowra, and police are using the milestone year to appeal for anyone with information to come forward.

It could make a difference, according to Detective Chief Inspector John Lehmann from the Unsolved Homicide Squad, who said by re-interviewing witnesses from 1987, they had been able to identify new people to speak to about the deaths.

He said the announcement of a $200,000 reward in 2010, for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer, had also meant more information was put through to Crimestoppers.

“We’re pretty confident, being the small community that Cowra is, that somebody does know something,” he said.

“We’re committed to solving the case and we’re going to continue.”

Detective Lehmann said the brutal killings, which occurred at Ms Holmes’ Jindalee Circuit home in the early hours of the morning, are not believed to be a random attack.

He said no signs of a forced entry, robbery or sexual assault had led to that conclusion about the deaths of Ms Holmes, 28 and a mother-of-two, and Ms Watmore, 24.

The assailant bludgeoned Ms Holmes 15 times with what may have been a tyre lever - although the murder weapon was never found.

Ms Watmore was struck five times.

A neighbour, who knew Ms Holmes well, became concerned later that day when she saw her car remained at home when she should have been at work.

Looking through the bedroom window, she saw blood splatter and the two women lying motionless on the bed.

Paramedics found Ms Holmes dead, while an unconscious Ms Watmore died on arrival at hospital.

The fact the murderer is still out there is something that haunts Ms Holmes’s sister, Robyn Coffey, to this day.

“(Her children) were only babies when she died and she loved them with all her heart,” she said.

“She was gorgeous, she laughed a lot, she was a good sister and a good mother.”

For David Booth, the brother of Ms Watmore, having the case solved would help with closure for such a terrible tragedy.

“She was just a good, friendly person, a bit of a character - she enjoyed life,” he said.

Anyone with information should contact Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.