A British girl who went missing on an Australian beach more than 50 years back stated he continues to have nightmares about the tragic incident. In what remains one of the most high-profile unsolved crimes of Australia, Cheryl Grimmer, who was then 3 years old at that time, was abducted 52 years back from Fairy Meadow beach in Wollongong, New South Wales.
Who is Cheryl Grimmer?
As part of the wave of Britons in search of a sunnier climate and new chances, her parents Carol and Vince Grimmer had relocated with their daughter and 3 sons to Australia from Bristol in the late 1960s. But 52 years back yesterday, on the 12th of January, 1970, tragedy struck when she was taken after her older brother Ricki, who was aged just 7-years-old, left her at the beach changing room for just 90 seconds.
Now, as a new podcast by Jon Kay the journalist of BBC delves into what occurred, Ricki Nash has informed of his ongoing trauma. Talking on BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Wednesday, 12th January 2022, the heartbroken and devasted brother, who is now 59 years old stated that he can “still watch her” at the place she was taken, with the last detection “in my nightmares”.
Fairy Meadows Missing Girl
The aunt of Cheryl, Pam who still live in Bristol, added on the program stated the child was “so cute” and that she did not talk about what had occurred for years afterward as “it was disheartening and painful” The family of Grimmer had emigrated from Knowle in Bristol to Wollongong in the year 1969 in search of a better life.
When she was taken from the local beach, Chery had been leaving with her family at Fairy Meadow Migrant Hostel. Her other siblings were Stephen, then 5-years-old and Paul who was 4-years-old at that time. The mother of Cheryl had taken her and her siblings to the beach. Vince Grimmer was away serving for the Australian Army.
When it became windy and sand banged around everywhere, the Grimmers decided to go back home, with Carol telling her children to wait for her at the changing rooms while she packed up. Cheryl was taken when Ricki shortly left her to go and inform his mother that she was cheekily denying to have the changing room of the ladies.
he was heard stating on BBC Radio 4 on Wednesday that “To be honest I can still watch her there, I have got that picture all day every day. I have got it in my nightmare, I do not really like being here, to be honest, Jon, I get headaches, I get Nauseous.