Arrest made over 1998 cold case fatal stabbing of Adelaide grandmother Phyllis Harrison



The children of a woman allegedly murdered in her Adelaide home more than 20 years ago say they are relieved an arrest has been made.

The body of Phyllis Harrison, 71, was discovered with multiple stab wounds at her Elizabeth South home in March 1998.

The case has been unsolved for more than 22 years, but SA Police today announced they have made an arrest.

It was previously revealed Ms Harrison’s home had been ransacked, but it was not clear exactly what was stolen.

About 10 years after her death, a knife was found in a hedge of a neighbouring house.

Speaking to police after the arrest, her children said they have been brought closure.

Ms Harrison’s son, Dean Harrison, said the family also felt that justice had finally been done.

“We do feel relieved that it can’t happen again, there can’t be any more.”

Ms Harrison’s daughter, Julie Lane, said her mother’s legacy was the close family she left behind.

“The family’s been wonderful, we’ve all banded together,” she said.

“We just got closer and closer as time went by.”



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