Contacts with Crime Stoppers Help with Major Case Breakthrough

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A call to Crime Stoppers South Australia on October 8 provided police with a significant breakthrough to a double murder investigation spanning two states. That call played a critical role in assisting to identify Khandalyce Kiara Pearce, whose remains were found in a suitcase alongside Karoonda Highway near Wynarka in South Australia in July 2015.

Information from the community, combined with DNA profiles, also helped police to identify the remains of a woman found in Belanglo State Forest in New South Wales in August 2010 as those of Khandalyce's mother - Karlie Jade Pearce-Stevenson. 

A joint investigation is now underway by SAPOL's Major Crime Branch and the NSW Homicide Squad, with assistance from police in the NT and ACT.

While the circumstances and place of the murders are yet to be determined, police have renewed calls to the community to help bring the killer or killers to justice.

The last known sighting of the pair was on Saturday, 8 November 2008 when Ms Pearce-Stevenson (20 year’s old) was driving with her then 2-year old daughter on the Stuart Highway near Coober Pedy.

In addition to appealing for information from friends and associates of the victims since 2006, police are also asking landlords, motels and caravan parks where they could have stayed to check records from 1 December 2008.

Khandalyce was born in Alice Springs in 2006, and it is believed the pair had travelled in South Australia, Northern Territory, ACT and New South Wales at various times.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at

Rewards are available and callers can remain anonymous.