July 27, 2021 marks 23 years since a Vietnamese girl named Quanne Diec suddenly disappeared without a trace while on her way to school. Since then, the Australian press in particular and the international media in general have spent a lot of ink on this mysterious and longest-lasting disappearance case in Australia.
All clues are just shadows appearing in the camera
Quanne Diec was born in Sydney on May 12, 1986. Her mother is of Vietnamese descent and her father is of Chinese descent. Both of them came to Australia in 1978 and got married and had children. Quanne has 2 siblings – brother Sunny and older sister Tina.
That year, little Quanne had just turned 12 years old. She lives with her family in a house on the outskirts of Granville, in the state of New South Wales, west of Sydney, Australia. Every day, Quanne goes to Strathfield Girls’ High School by taking the train herself from Clyde to Strathfield. However, July 27, 1998 was a fateful day because the girl was gone forever without a date to return.
It was Monday morning, as usual, Quanne put on her school uniform, packed lunch, said goodbye to her sister Tina (still sleeping in bed), then her mother, Ann , took her daughter to the front door to see her off to school. She followed her son’s footsteps until she turned to Factory Street.
Quanne went to the Australia Post International Mail Center about 350 meters from home and just 550 meters from Clyde train station, where she would catch the train to school. The girl’s image was captured by one of the Mail Center’s CCTV cameras at a close distance.
Police said a “blur” was seen in an eight-second surveillance video of Quanne as she walked past the Mail Center near Clyde station.
Video obtained by police showed the girl walking on the sidewalk when a white car pulled up beside her and took her away. A witness also saw a little girl get into a white car.
That day, the family still thought that Quanne went to school normally and the teacher at the school thought that she was absent due to illness. The school did not contact the parents to inform that Quanne did not come to class. It was not until late afternoon, when Quanne did not return, that her parents immediately went to find her.
New South Wales police erected a mannequin at Clyde train station, dressed as Quanne at the time of her disappearance.
New South Wales State Police quickly issued a search notice for Quanne’s disappearance. Most of the mainstream media in the city of Sydney reported on Quanne’s disappearance.
In the days immediately following, New South Wales police also erected a mannequin at Clyde train station, dressed as Quanne at the time of her disappearance (wearing a Strathfield Girls High School uniform). and distributed flyers with Quanne’s photo to passersby. They also formed a Special Force named Lyndey, to investigate Quanne’s mysterious disappearance.
Quanne’s disappearance attracted the attention of public opinion in Australia at that time. So much so that the then-current Premier of New South Wales, Mr. Bob Car, announced an increase in the reward for information about the girl’s case, from 100,000 Australian dollars (1.6 billion in billions of dollars). current price) to AU$200,000 (VND 3.3 billion at current exchange rates).
Every day, every hour, I hope you come back
For Mr and Mrs. Diec, the strange disappearance of their daughter is an indescribable pain and at all costs, they must find her. That’s why Mr. Diec is willing to spend thousands of dollars to travel around Australia with the small hope that his daughter unfortunately lost her memory and got lost somewhere.
Despite the vivid memories, even the memorabilia in the daughter’s bedroom full of toys that made my heart ache, the Diecs still refused to move to another place because they still harbored a strong hope that one day her daughter would return safely. They insist that until they see the body or anything related to the baby, they will never give up hope that the girl may still be alive and will return home.
In an interview with the media, Mr. Diec said: “I still pray a miracle will happen and Quanne will come back. I’m waiting for the police to tell us that he’s alive. Quanne knows this is her home and we are waiting for her here.”
Ann said painfully, “If she comes back and we don’t wait here, she won’t know where to find us.”
Despite the old couple’s longing, 18 years on, the only answer the police can give is: “We haven’t found the girl.”
In the months following Quanne’s disappearance, police received a strange phone call, with the mysterious person on the other end saying they had missed “important clues” and pointed to a stream in Granville. . In January 1999, that “mysterious figure” again told the police: “You’re looking in the wrong place“Then, in another phone call, he directed the police to a dam in the southern suburbs.
The culprit is “far away from the horizon, right in front of our eyes”
After nearly 20 years, the police spent a lot of effort and money but could not find the culprit, then suddenly on November 20, 2016, the culprit who kidnapped and killed little Quanne suddenly came to Surry Hills police station to surrender. That person is not far away but is the neighbor, named Vinzent Tarantino, who lives only about 700 meters from Quanne’s house.
The Australian newspaper at the time reported that Tarantino had confessed to police that he had strangled and killed Quanne. Fairfax media said, no one understood why the perpetrator turned himself in after 18 years of hiding and keeping quiet.
After surrendering, Tarantino cooperated with police to search for Quanne’s body in a bush at Bulli Tops near Wollongong, but her remains were never found.
The name Vinzent Tarantino led the detectives to the location where Quanne’s body was dumped that he remembered.
Police searched for three days at Tarantino’s former home on Granville Street, hoping to find the rest of Quanne’s belongings. The girl’s body is also being searched by police according to Tarantino’s testimony. However, after 18 years, it is difficult to pinpoint the exact location of the body.
Regarding the past of the name Tarantino, he was a sports player with many fans. He had a rather peaceful childhood, but after his career slipped, he sank into alcohol and tobacco.
When Quanne went missing, the police used to suspect this man but could not find any suspicious points. At that time, he lived with his biological father in a shack.
During the trial that took place in March 2018, Tarantino said he lured the 12-year-old girl into his car and drove it to his home, just 700 meters from her home. It is known that the original purpose of this guy was to kidnap Quanne to get ransom from her parents, but because Quanne constantly made noise and screaming in his house, he “accidentally” killed the victim.
Realizing that Quanne was dead, he put the girl’s body in a garbage can put in the back of a white truck and drove to a deserted land where he dumped the body. So far, police have not been able to locate Quanne’s remains despite extensive searches.
In a post on April 19, 2021, ABC News said investigators did not have enough evidence to convict Tarantino even though he turned himself in. Detective Inspector Andrew Mackay, however, confirmed Tarantino remained a “person of interest” in the case. “The disappearance of little girl Quanne Diec and suspected murder is still an open case with New South Wales police.” Mr. Andrew said.