23 Mar 2017

Australian man arrested over 1970 murder of toddler

1:07 pm on 23 March 2017

Australian police investigating a 47-year-old cold case have arrested a man for the abduction and murder of a toddler in Wollongong.

3-year-old Cheryl Grimmer before she disappeared in 1970.

3-year-old Cheryl Grimmer before she disappeared in 1970. Photo: NSW Police

Cheryl Grimmer was just 3-years-old when she was abducted outside the public change rooms at Fairy Meadow Beach on 12 January, 1970.

Police arrested a 63-year-old man in Frankston, Melbourne yesterday and said he would be charged with murder and abduction.

He faced Frankston Magistrates Court where police successfully sought his extradition to New South Wales.

The man is expected to appear in Wollongong Local Court tomorrow.

Detectives from the Wollongong Local Area Command, working with the State Crime Command's Unsolved Homicide Team, re-examined the case late last year.

Cheryl was abducted while she was with her family for a day at the beach.

As a southerly storm blew in, her mother asked her three older brothers Ricki, Stephen and Paul to take Cheryl to the change rooms to shower.

In an interview in December last year Stephen Grimmer, 52, said the brothers have never stopped looking for their little sister.

"You never get over it," he said.

"I ride past [Fairy Meadow beach] all the time and I always look ... so it's always on my mind."

Mr Grimmer said his mother and father died without knowing what happened to their daughter, and he and his brothers want answers before they die.